The Avalon Impression

Luxurious River Cruise Ship

Our river ship for this week long adventure will be the Avalon Impression of Avalon Waterways Cruises. Avalon has a reputation of top-of the-line luxury cruising and the Impression and her crew live up to that in every way. One of the most obvious differences between a river cruising ship and their ocean going counterparts would have to be the how the design of a river ship focuses on providing passengers with amazing views of the countryside no matter where you happen to be onboard. A feature unique to Avalon is their Suites- the beds have been turned towards the floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows allowing you to further enjoy the incredible sights river cruising is famous for. Award winning service in the dining room provides seasonal cuisine focusing on local specialties and fresh ingredients. Whether it be outside on the full length Sky Deck or seated comfortably in the Observation Lounge below, the Impression makes for a truly remarkable sailing experience.


The Avalon Impression has a total of 83 Staterooms and Suites with a total capacity of 166 passengers. The majority of these are comprised of "Panorama Suites" which are located on the Sapphire and Royal Decks. On the lower Indigo Deck there are 16 "Deluxe Staterooms". Two "Royal Suites" are located on the upper Royal Deck. The major difference between the Suites and Staterooms, besides being located on a higher deck, are the Suites' large floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows. The Deluxe Staterooms located on the lower Indigo Deck are equipped with two windows located higher on the wall as this deck is situated partially below the waterline. See individual Suite and Stateroom descriptions below.

- Voted Best River Cruise Line Cabins in 2016 by Cruise Critic

Accommodation Descriptions

All accommodations include the following Amenities:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Choice of bed configuration- One queen or two single beds configuration available.
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Full-size closet mirror
  • Two windows
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • European-style duvets
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel
  • English-speaking TV channels with over 100 free movie options
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies).
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water

Deluxe Staterooms (Indigo Deck): 172 sq. ft.

Included are all amenities listed above.

Panorama Suites (Sapphire and Royal Decks): 200 sq. ft.

In addition to the amenities listed above the Suites include:

  • Wall-to-Wall and floor-to-ceiling Panoramic Windows with Open-Air BalconySM provide an indoor/outdoor seating area
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Sofa

Royal Suites (Royal Deck): 300 sq.ft.

In addition to the amenities listed above the Royal Suites include:

  • Wall-to-Wall and floor-to-ceiling Panoramic Windows with Open-Air BalconySM provide an indoor/outdoor seating area
  • Choice of bed configuration- One King or two single beds configuration available.
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • Double sinks
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Sofa

Cabin Diagrams (click to enlarge)

Ship Deck Plan- click here


From morning breakfast to late-night snacks, Avalon frees your taste buds from the ordinary. Using the freshest local ingredients, their talented chefs prepare mouthwatering recipes from the region through which you’re traveling and present them in a variety of inspiring settings. Whether you choose a breezy al fresco lunch at the Sky Bistro, an elegant four-course dinner in the glass-walled dining room, or a petite plate at the Panorama Bistro, you’ll savor local flavors (and Western favorites should you crave them), as well as Avalon Fresh® menu offerings, throughout your cruise.

Avalon Fresh® allows guests to guiltlessly indulge in creative dishes that combine surprising flavors with a dash of innovation. With the philosophy of procuring the freshest ingredients to create inspired vegetarian and vegan dishes, Avalon Fresh brings the passing landscape to your plate for a fulfilling and healthful dining experience.

Dining Amenities

  • Complimentary wine (including regional), beer, and soft drinks at every onboard lunch and dinner
  • Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
  • Fresh, local ingredients at every meal
  • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Delectable regional & Western cuisine with all onboard meals
  • Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan and allergy-free selections
  • Complimentary coffees or teas
  • Alternate light lunch and dinner in the Panorama Bistro, including regional specialties
  • Sky Bistro lunch option on the Sky Deck (schedule and weather permitting)
  • Panorama Lounge offering premium spirits and cocktails throughout the day and evening
  • Happy hour every evening including featured drink specials
  • Cocktails with a view available on the Sky Deck
  • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine and made-to-order egg station
  • Featured a la carte breakfast options daily
  • Extensive lunch buffet with carving and pasta stations
  • Self-serve beverage stations with complimentary premium coffee drinks, cappuccinos tea and hot chocolate
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
  • Special Tastings - sample the destination's famous delicacies

Dining Schedule (meal times may vary depending on cruise schedule.)

Early-Riser Coffee, 6 a.m.
Start your day right with self-service coffee, hot water, croissants, cookies, and assorted finger foods.

Breakfast Buffet, 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Enjoy a tempting selection of breads, cereals, fruits, cold cuts and cheeses, smoked salmon, pastries, yogurts, and juices. Hot items such as eggs, sausage, and bacon vary daily. (Healthy Corner options including low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy choices).

Late-Riser Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Self-service coffee, hot tea, croissants, cookies and assorted finger foods.

Lunch Buffet, 12:30 p.m.
Select from intriguing appetizers, hearty soups, hot dishes, homemade breads, cold cuts and cheeses, salads, and delectable desserts. Complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks.

Afternoon Tea, 4 p.m.
Take a mid-day break with coffee or tea and cake or cookies served in the lounge or on the top deck.

Dinner, 7:30 p.m.
Dine elegantly at a single-seating, sit-down meal. The chef will delight you with gourmet selections and the perfect complimentary wines (complimentary beer or soft drinks also available). Menus typically feature an appetizer, soup, entrée, dessert, and coffee or tea.

Night Fare, 10:30 p.m.

* Local Knowledge will develop a custom charter itinerary which will provide adequate time in a few select ports for passengers who wish to enjoy dinner ashore at a relaxing pace. More info to come on those ports where we will be staying until late evening.

Additional Ship Amenities

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew and Cruise Director
  • Non-smoking interior and staterooms
  • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate, premium coffees & cappuccinos, including decaf options
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Outside viewing deck
  • Sky Deck with shade awnings and premium lounges
  • Sky Deck whirlpool
  • Sky Deck game area
  • Local FavoritesSM onboard experiences to bring the customs, cultures, and tastes of your destination to life, including local entertainers, artisans & experts
  • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
  • Bicycles available onboard for complimentary check out
  • Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check out
  • Fitness Center
  • Hair salon
  • Well-stocked library
  • Elevator


Recommended Dress: No jackets required! Overall the recommended cruise attire is "tourist" casual. Evenings in the dining room are best for dress shorts, pants (slacks or jeans), dress t-shirts and collared casual shirts/polos (no tank tops) for men. Skirts, sundresses, dress shorts, slacks, jeans, etc. for women. September along the Danube will have evenings with a touch of cooler air (see Weather Note on the Itinerary page). Having a light long-sleeved shirt, cover-up, and/or jacket is recommended. While not the rainy season, it is always recommended travelers have handy a good waterproof jacket with hood in case of a day of inclement weather- you do not want to waste a precious vacation day in Europe because of a few drops of rain.

Persons with Physical Challenges and Disabilities-  Avalon Waterways makes reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled and mobility impaired travelers but is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so. Because they cannot provide individual assistance to travelers in many situations, and most of their transportation services are not equipped with wheelchair ramps, they recommend that you view their terms and conditions for details. Please contact Local Knowledge for more detailed information.

Avalon Impression Specifications

  • Length:  443 feet
  • Beam:  36 feet
  • Draft:  6.56 feet (max)
  • Total Crew:  47
  • Passenger Capacity:  166
  • Year Built: 2014