Avalon Expression

Avalon Expression Review and Specifications

Specifications of Avalon Expression

Year built2013  /  Age : 5
Flag state Germany
BuilderDen Breejen Shipyard (Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Holland)
ClassSuite Ship
OwnerMS Main GmbH & Co KG Hamburg
OperatorAvalon Waterways
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)135 m / 443 ft
Beam (width)12 m / 39 ft
Gross Tonnage2775 gt
Passengers84 - 166
Crew47
Decks4
Cabins84
Decks with cabins3
Sister-shipsAvalon Envision, Avalon Illumination, Avalon Impression, Avalon Passion
Christened byPatricia Schultz

Review of Avalon Expression

MS Avalon Expression boat cruises on Danube River departing from Amsterdam, Budapest, Prague and Nurnberg.

Avalon Expression cruise ship

Cabins

Avalon Expression cruise ship is part of Avalon Waterways cutting-edge Suite Ships. This magnificent river boat features two decks of Panorama Suites, all with wall-to-wall windows, transforming the living space into open-air unique balcony. The Panorama Suites boast 200 sq. feet, which is more than 30% than the standard, and affords passengers incomparable opportunity to face each morning the splendid scenery.

Avalon Expression has a total number of 84 cabins in 6 grades (of which 2 Royal Suite, 66 Panorama Suite, 16 with non-opening windows).

Cabins Types, Sizes, Categories (high to low) 

  • Amenities in all types of staterooms - 2 twin beds converting to queen-sized, 3-door closets with shelves, private bathroom (glass-door shower, hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers), sofa, coffee table, flat TV, vanity/writing desk, private French balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding door), individual climate control, phone, mini bar, safe, deluxe pillow menu, complimentary bottled water. Cabin occupancy - 2 guests in room.
  • 2x "Royal Suites" (RS) - deck 3, size 300 ft2 / 28 m2
  • Panorama Suites - P (x33, deck 3), A (x23, deck 2), B (x9, deck 2) - size 200 ft2 / 18,6 m2.
  • Deluxe Staterooms (category, number) - D (x10, deck 1), E (6, deck 1) - size 172 ft2 / 16 m2).

Shipboard facilities

MS Avalon Expression onboard amenities include the Panorama Bistro alternative dining, expanded fitness center, spacious Sky Deck with lounge chairs, complimentary Wi-Fi access, whirlpool and al fresco lunches at Expression's Sky Bistro.

Avalon Expression restaurants include: Expression (dining room), Panorama Bistro, Sky Bistro (al-fresco). Avalon Expression also has Panorama Lounge & Bar (observation, with an outside viewing deck), Club Lounge, Library/Internet Corner, Expression Atrium Lobby, Hair Salon, Fitness, Sun Deck (Sky Lounge & Bar, Sky Bistro, Whirlpool, shaded seating, deck games area).

Avalon Expression cruise deals are inclusive of Wi-Fi Internet, room-service, all land tours and excursions (by certified local tour guides), port taxes, flights, motorcoach transfers, live evening entertainment (local performers), daily enrichment lectures, Expression cruise ship tour ("behind-the-scenes"), food and wine tastings, 24-hour premium coffee/tea/hot chocolate, replenished daily bottled water.

Avalon Expression river cruise prices are per person and based on double occupancy. These are only indicative Avalon river cruise rates. They might be different when you book your Avalon Waterways cruisetour deals, influenced by travel agency promotions, special offers and discounts, group travel booking or last-minute deals rates. On Avalon Expression cruises, Avalon Waterways offers USA flights-inclusive deals with discount airfare and complimentary airport transfers.

RIver Cruise Itineraries

Follows the list of Avalon Expression itineraries as themes officially announced by the Avalon Waterways line:

  • (7-nights cruising) "Tulip Time Cruise" are Springtime themed 8-days Belgium and Holland river cruises from Amsterdam (round-trip, code WAA).
  • (7-nights cruising) "Magnificent Europe" are 15-days river cruises from Amsterdam to Budapest (Eastbound, code WAB), and the reverse from Budapest to Amsterdam (Westbound, code WBA).
  • (7-nights cruising) “The Blue Danube Discovery” are 13-days river cruises from Budapest to Prague (Nuremberg disembarkation, Westbound, code WBN). The reverse route is themed “The Legendary Danube” – (7-days sailing) 11-days river cruises from Prague to Budapest (Eastbound, code WNB, Nuremberg embarkation). "Cruising-Only" deals are from Nuremberg to Budapest (code WNBO) and the reverse from Budapest to Nuremberg (code WBNO).
  • (3-nights cruising) "A Taste of the Danube" are 8-days river cruises from Vienna to Budapest (Eastbound, code WVB), and the reverse from Budapest to Vienna (Westbound, code WBV). "Cruising-Only" deals are from Budapest to Nuremberg (code WBVO, non-inclusive of Budapest hotel package).
  • (7-nights cruising) "Capitals of Central Europe" are 10-days Danube river cruises from Prague to Budapest (Eastbound, code WPB), and the reverse from Budapest to Prague (Westbound, code WBP). "Cruising-Only" deals are from Passau to Budapest (code WPBO, non-inclusive of Prague hotel package).
  • (5-nights cruising) "Austrian Highlights and Bavaria" are 9-days river cruises from Munich to Vienna (Eastbound, code WPV), and the reverse from Vienna to Munich/Passau (Westbound, code WVP). Departures from Vienna include disembarkation in Passau, then bus travel to Munich (luxury hotel package included /2-night stay). "Cruising-Only" deals are from Vienna to Passau (code WVPO) and from Passau to Vienna (code WPVO).

Avalon Expression wiki

  • The Avalon Expression boat is the 5th vessel in Avalon Waterways "Suite Ship" class. Among the ship's best features are 2 full decks of Suite cabins (each with wall-to-wall sliding windows and French Balcony) and spacious and diverse public venues (each with full-length floor-ceiling windows).
  • Each Avalon Waterways "Suite Ship" is powered by two Caterpillar Marine diesel engines (model C32 ACERT, total power output 1420 kW / 1930 HP), plus an emergency diesel generator. The ship's propulsion is diesel-electric, with one azimuth thruster (at the bow) and a "Silent Drive System" (separating the ship's engines from passenger staterooms).
  • The Avalon cruise ship Expression was launched in 2013 on May 6th. It was christened in Koblenz (Germany) by mrs Patricia Schultz - co-author of Berlitz travel guides and a bestselling travel books author of the "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" series (including the "USA-Canada" and "Germany-Austria-Switzerland" themed).

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Avalon Expression Itineraries

The below listed Avalon Expression cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Avalon Waterways fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Dec 12 4 days, one-way from Wiesbaden to Basel Wiesbaden$2354
2019 Apr 02 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam$1799
2019 Apr 09 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel$1885
2019 Apr 16 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam
2019 Apr 23 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel$1807
2019 Apr 30 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam$2076
2019 May 07 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel$2345
2019 May 14 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam$2422
2019 May 21 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel
2019 May 28 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam$2422
2019 Jun 04 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel$2422
2019 Jun 11 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam$2422
2019 Jun 18 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel$2422
2019 Jun 25 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam$2422
2019 Jul 02 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel$2230
2019 Jul 09 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam$2230
2019 Jul 16 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel$2230
2019 Jul 23 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam$2230
2019 Jul 30 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel$2230
2019 Aug 06 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam
2019 Aug 13 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel$2538
2019 Aug 20 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam$2422
2019 Aug 27 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel$2538
2019 Sep 03 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam$2576
2019 Sep 10 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel$2538
2019 Sep 17 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam$2576
2019 Sep 24 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel$2538
2019 Oct 01 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam$2576
2019 Oct 08 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel$2538
2019 Oct 15 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam$2384
2019 Oct 22 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel$2538
2019 Oct 29 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam$2192
2019 Nov 05 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel$2538