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Cruise Ship Information
The Scenery joined the Avalon fleet in April 2008 introducing the line's Scenery class. It's smaller than its predecessors, carrying just 138 passengers in 67 cabins and two suites. The ship is designed for rivers that cannot accommodate larger vessels and spends its time plying the waters of the Rhone and Saone Rivers between Chalon-sur-Saone and Arles.
 
Atmosphere on board
Like her sisters, Avalon Scenery offers a host of amenities designed to ensure your stay aboard her is pleasurable.
 
A main lounge, aft-facing Club Lounge with complimentary speciality coffees, tea, sweets and fruit (and a selection of board games), and an elegantly appointed restaurant round out the mix. Regional wines (French whites, reds and rosés), beer (Becks), soft drinks and mineral water are served at dinner and lunch at no additional charge. On some days when weather permits, the Sky Deck is open for grill lunches. Seating is limited, and reservations are required.
 
The ship is also equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi access (but beware, access is challenging on the rivers) and a dedicated Internet center where access is more dependable, as well as a small fitness center with a recumbent, upright bike and treadmill, and an outside viewing deck, the Sky Deck featuring premium lounge chairs and a whirlpool.

Family with Kids/Teens
Children under the age of eight typically are too young to fully enjoy a cruise vacation. Because of this and for the safety and enjoyment of all passengers, Avalon Waterways do not accept children under eight years of age. In addition, please note that there are no special arrangements or activities for children on their ships
 
Past Passenger Programs
Avalon Waterways Past Passenger Program is called the Journeys Club. Journeys Club is the frequent travelers club for the Globus family of brands. Through it, Avalon will reward their frequent travelers with attractive perks. Cruisers must enroll in the club to receive benefits including exclusive promotions, special perks, and customized service.
 
Fitness And Spa
Avalon Affinity provide Fitness Center, Sky Deck whirlpool and Hair salon (manicures available). Line provide walking tours, guided bike excursions in Amsterdam, Breisach and Durnstein.
 
Food & Dining
Dining was open seating with buffet for breakfast and lunch. There are freshly prepared eggs/omelets for breakfast and a carving station at lunchtime in addition to the other buffet items. Dinners were served open seating with a 5-course meal each evening. Main courses usually varied from beef, fish and a pasta or vegetarian offering along with 3 always available items - salmon, steak and chicken. Meals to be very good with very nice presentation. The wait staff varied in its efficiency depending upon who served a specific table. Alternatively a "light" breakfast and lunch are also served in the main lounge.
 
Choice of complimentary wine, beer or soft drinks will be included with dinner on Avalon Europe river cruises. In Europe, Asia and South America, coffee and tea are available free of charge throughout the day from "early riser" breakfast through dinner. On the Yangtze wine is included with all dinners. On the Mekong and Irrawaddy river complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, local beer/spirits is available throughout the day and wine is included with dinner.
 
Avalon can cater for vegetarians and all special diets as long as it is made clear at the time of booking and also mentioned again to the cruise director on the day of embarkation; we also offer a healthy option with all buffets.
 
Entertainment
Educate yourself while sailing onboard Avalon Scenery by attending various lectures as well as other culturally-enriching experiences. Look forward to various onboard experiences with local chefs, entertainers, and artisans. Spend an afternoon on the Sky Deck for breathtaking scenery that you pass by along the waterways. Next, grab your beverage of choice, and mingle and unwind with like-minded travelers in the lounges and bar.
 
Every cruise includes two or three evenings of onboard entertainment, at least one show performed by the crew and nightly piano music. On certain cruises their may be guest speakers, local musicians performing folklore shows or classical recitals. A resident Pianist will also perform nightly. There is a selection of board game and a small library available onboard.
 
Staterooms
Staterooms, all outside, measure 172 square feet, with junior suites at 258 square feet. Cabins on the Royal and Sapphire Decks have "French balconies," sliding glass doors with a protective railing; remaining cabins have picture windows.
 
Cabin amenities include flat-screen satellite TV, radio, mini-bar, safe and hair dryers. Beds can be configured into two twins or one queen and come with high-quality pillows and duvets and Egyptian cotton linens.
 
Scenery has four decks, including a sky deck for sunning and relaxing by the pool. There are multiple lounges, an open-seating dining room, a hairdresser and a fitness center. Smoking is not permitted in interior areas. An onboard elevator is available for guest use.

Avalon Scenery features five different stateroom categories, encompassing 67 staterooms and two suites.
Located on Indigo Deck, Category E staterooms measure 172 square feet and feature two windows located near the ceiling of the stateroom. They also feature a full bathroom with a glass door enclosed shower, a writing desk, vanity, and Avalon’s deluxe beds with premium mattress covers, Egyptian linens, European-style duvets, and a choice of firm or soft pillows.

Categories A, B and P also measure 172 square feet, and are located on the Sapphire and Royal decks. These staterooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and a French balcony.

Rounding out the accommodations are Avalon Scenery’s 258-square foot Avalon Suites. Located side-by-side on Royal Deck, these two suites pull out all the stops, featuring all the amenities of the previous categories but with more space, a large sitting area, and a larger bathroom.
All guests have access to a welcome list of amenities, including nightly turn-down service, spacious three-door closets, flat-screen TV with movie channels, bathrobes and slippers, complimentary bottled water and L’Occitane toiletries.
 

In-stateroom min-bars offer a selection of reasonably-priced beer, wine and soft drinks, though these are provided complimentary with lunch and dinner in the dining room.
 
Tipping
Gratuities are not included in the price of the cruise and are entirely discretionary. If it is a wish to reward good service we recommend 3 euro per passenger per day for the cruise director and 12 euro passenger per day for the crew, which will be divided amongst all of the ships personnel. Gratuities envelopes will be left in staterooms the day before the cruise ends, and a designated box for envelopes will be in the reception area when passengers are leaving the ship. It is also customary to acknowledge good performance by a local guide with a tip of 1 euro per tour.
 
Fellow Passengers
American/Canadian/UK/Australians and New Zealanders. An Avalon passenger is typically near retirement age or retired. They enjoy experiencing and learning about new places and seeing new sights. They have an interest for history and culture. An Avalon passenger enjoys relaxed, quiet environments with fine food and wine on offer.
 
Our recommendation
If you love France and French gastronomy, this intimate river cruiser for you, locally inspired cuisine, complimentary regional wines, and excursions into the country's most famous cities and countryside. The Rhône and Saône rivers between Chalon-sur-Saône and Arles are featured destinations.