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Friday,  May 24, 2024 2:57 AM 

Avalon drops an anchor on longer cruises (10+ days) for 2025

  • Cruises
  •   04-04-2024  7:01 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Avalon drops an anchor on longer cruises (10+ days) for 2025
Avalon Artistry II. (Avalon)
Pax Global Media

Avalon Waterways is testing the theory that “life is better on a boat” in 2025 with new cruises that set sail for 10+ days to meet both interest and demand.

The itineraries come in response to consumer data Avalon collected earlier this year. In a “Wish List’ survey to past cruisers that saw more than 16,600 responses, customers said they wanted voyages to be longer and more in-depth.

More than half of Avalon’s past cruisers (57%) said they’d like to book a two-week vacation for their next cruise. That’s 23 per cent more than those who said they will be booking a one-week trip.

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According to the new “Wish List” results, another 10 per cent said they’re looking at three-week options. And so, Avalon has unveiled 16 new, longer itineraries and city-stay combinations for 2025.

“The pent-up desire for long-haul travel, combined with an increased interest in garnering more mileage out of air costs, as well as the rise in remote work are contributing factors to this post-pandemic travel trend,” said Pam Hoffee, president of Avalon Waterways, in a press release.“Today’s cruisers have a stronger interest – and broader abilities – to make the most of their time away. We’re helping with big, new, ‘Bucket List’ cruises for 2025.”

Preview of what's to come

Samples of new, longer cruise offerings from Avalon in 2025 include:

10+ Days:

The Netherlands in Bloom (10 days, to/from Amsterdam)

Illuminations of the Danube (10 days, from Vilshofen to Budapest)

Two Weeks:

The Danube from Germany to Romania (15 days, from Vilshofen to Oltenita)

Timeless Rivers of Europe: The Rhine & Seine (15 days, from Basel to Paris)

Three Weeks:

European Masterpiece: The Rhine, Seine & Rhône Revealed (22 days, from Basel to Arles)

From Romania to the North Sea (24 days from Oltenita to Amsterdam)

Several of Avalon’s new, longer cruise options also invite cruisers to add pre and post-cruise stays in destinations like Lucerne, Nice and Prague.

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