Compare Avalon River Cruises vs Viking River Cruises

Compare the travel styles, pricing, destinations and popularity of Avalon River Cruises vs Viking River Cruises.

Avalon River Cruises
4.7 out of 5
410 Reviews
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Viking River Cruises
4.6 out of 5
48 Reviews
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Not as well known locally as APT or Scenic, Avalon Waterways have nevertheless been cruising the rivers of Europe and Asia since 2004. Featuring modern luxury ships, with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, our clients love Avalon, and some of their river itineraries are our biggest sellers. Avalon don't usually include Fly Offers, so you'll need to book flights separately, but consequently their cruise prices are cheaper than the other luxury Operators and they offer some great Earlybird discounts. Part of the Globus Family group of Brands, means you can secure further discounts the next time you decide to travel by coach with either Globus or Cosmos.
Cruising down the rivers of Europe you are sure to pass a Viking Longship on your travels. Viking boasts the most extensive fleet of river cruises vessels in Europe, and while their core market is the US, there are many clients from Australia that choose to cruise with them each year. In 2017 Viking launched their range of mid-sized ocean cruises - with just 930 guests this gives their ships greater maneuverability, allowing them to dock where the mega-liners cannot. Viking do not offer NZD pricing, so if you're a Kiwi wanting jump onboard then you'll need to pay in AUD or USD.

Most Recent Reviews

Mekong Discovery
5 Star Review from David & Helen.

This tour by Avalon was absolutely amazing. There were only twelve people in our group so a boat that has 18 cabins was only...read more

France's Finest
5 Star Review from Marg & Rob.

Four years ago we sailed with Viking on the Budapest to Amsterdam cruise and loved it so it was a no brainer for us to choose...read more

Mekong Discovery
5 Star Review from Ainslie & Robyn.

Fantastic trip starting in Ho Chi Minh staying in the opulent The Reverie Saigon which stepped straight onto the boulevard....read more

Rhine Getaway
4 Star Review from Kay & Chris.

Loved cruising the Rhine with Viking. They are very good at what they do and looked after us extremely well. Because of our...read more

Christmastime in Alsace & Germany
4 Star Review from Neil and Anne.

Great trip met some really nice people. The ship was well presented apart from a rip in our cabin carpet. Our trip was...read more

Chateaux, Rivers & Wine
5 Star Review from Druce.

This cruise completely lived up to our expectations. The comprehensive excursion-included nature of this Viking cruise was...read more

Christmastime in Alsace & Germany
4 Star Review from John & Heather.

This short cruise was a great way to start our Christmas European holiday with delicious food, highlighting local produce,...read more

Paris & the Heart of Normandy
5 Star Review from Chris & Janine.

A truly wonderful experience packed with beautiful scenery and interesting historical sites, all organised extremely well....read more

The Blue Danube Discovery
4 Star Review from Malcolm & Pat.

It was not the fault of Avalon that there was insufficient water in the Danube to allow us to do the whole cruise we had...read more

Grand European Tour
5 Star Review from Paul & Carmel.

Everything was very well organised, from the tours to the daily schedule of activities. The staff were both friendly and...read more

Review Breakdown (Out of 5)

Value review average
4.4/5
Vs
4.4/5
Ship review average
4.8/5
Vs
4.8/5
Cabin review average
4.7/5
Vs
4.6/5
Shore Excursions review average
4.3/5
Vs
4.3/5
Food review average
4.7/5
Vs
4.6/5
Entertainment review average
4/5
Vs
4.1/5

Regions Visited

9 Trips
169 Trips
41 Trips

Operator Details

178
Trips
1,663
Departures
12
Avg. Trip Length (Days)
423
Avg. Price Per Day
Premium
River Cruising
18
Ships in Fleet
Active Cruise Options
Gratuities
41
Trips
3,451
Departures
11
Avg. Trip Length (Days)
506
Avg. Price Per Day
Luxury
River Cruises
64
Ships in Fleet
Transfers
Excursions