Avalon Waterways announces Fleetwide Dining Enhancements

Avalon Waterways announces Fleetwide Dining Enhancements

Inspired to create a different kind of river cruise experience – one that embraces and celebrates everything special about the travel style – every year, Avalon Waterways has unveiled innovations to enhance cruisers’ experiences. For 2011, Avalon Waterways has already announced the creation of the industry’s first “Suite Ship” and innumerable comfort-centered enhancements fleetwide. Now, this award-winning small-ship cruise operator is unveiling enriching dining options developed to whet the appetites of travelers and “foodies” alike.

“Avalon Waterways not only provides travelers the youngest, most innovative fleet of ships in Europe and panoramic access to a destination,” said Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “We also help them enjoy local cuisines, inspired by local ingredients and created by some of Europe’s most highly skilled chefs on board our ships.”

In 2011, with help from its top European chefs, Avalon is reigniting its cruisers’ culinary experience by unveiling a number of dining enhancements and selections. They include:

· Giving cruisers a choice of appetizer, salad, entrée, cheese and dessert

· Featuring local fare options at each meal

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· Highlighting sustainable cuisine on French itineraries

· Providing cruisers more healthy options including low calorie, low sodium and glucose-free cuisine

· Introducing Night Fare, served at 10:30 PM to cap off each day with a treat

And, Avalon Waterways is adding even more selections for the “most important meal of the day” in 2011. “We already provide travelers Early- and Late-riser breakfast options,” said Clark. “Next year, we are also adding complimentary sparkling wine – great for Mimosas – and made-to-order egg stations to our robust breakfast buffet. And, our guests will also have the opportunity to order continental breakfast in their room and have drinks delivered to them throughout the day.”

More drink options are also on the menu for Avalon Waterways. “In addition to offering cruisers the customary complimentary wine, beer or soft drinks at dinner and soft drinks included with lunch, next year, we will feature a Cocktail Hour on our ships for cruisers interested in enjoying local wine, beer and other spirits before dinner, while socializing with fellow travelers.” Clark said.

Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, latte and premium Lavazza coffee will also be provided to Avalon passengers throughout the day.

And, while Avalon Waterways introduced alcoholic and non-alcoholic Drink Packages in 2010 that can be pre-purchased by interested passengers, in 2011, the company is unveiling Celebration Packages, giving cruisers the chance to commemorate a birthday or anniversary in their room with several celebratory cuisine selections.

“Year after year, thanks to the continuous feedback and encouragement of our travelers, Cruise Directors and travel agent partners, Avalon Waterways has unveiled new ships, amenities and experiences that set the standard in river cruising,” said Clark. “Our views are panoramic and spaces large and inviting; comfort is king and dining is for your taste. And, thanks to our heritage through Globus, our itineraries are legendary.”