On a nine-day Avalon Waterways river cruise, cookbook author and media personality Carolyn Scott-Hamilton sailed from Linz, Austria, to Budapest on board the 132-passenger Avalon Illumination. During this voyage along the Danube River, passengers enjoyed a range of wellness-inspired offerings.

Here, three health-conscious things to love about cruising with Avalon Waterways.

1. Wall-to-Wall Views

Avalon Waterways’ Panorama Suites are 30 percent larger than most other river cruise suites, with floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall sliding glass doors that provide close-up views and plenty of fresh air. “While it may seem status quo to have your bed facing the window, it’s not,” Scott-Hamilton says. “Avalon cracked the code of river-cruise luxury by making sure beds face the glorious scenery.”

An Avalon Panorama Suite faces the Iron Gates on the Danube River.

2. Tailored Cuisine

Health-conscious travelers such as Scott-Hamilton (her book, The Healthy Voyager’s Global Kitchen, features 150 plant-based recipes) don’t have to stress about unusual dining requests on Avalon ships. “The restaurant manager found me the first day so that she and the staff could know my face and accommodate my dietary needs,” she says. Every day, she received surprise plant-forward dishes and vegan versions of several appetizers.

Dining staff on board the Avalon Illumination.

3. Onshore Activities for All

The Avalon Choice program offers complimentary excursions in three categories: Active, Discovery, and Classic. On Scott-Hamilton’s wellness-centric voyage, passengers canoed along the Danube in Austria’s Wachau Valley and took a guided hike in Danube-Ipoly National Park outside Visegrad, Hungary. (Travelers who opt for the Discovery or Classic excursions might take a Hungarian language lesson in Budapest or visit a private art collection in Vienna.) “It’s really up to you,” Scott-Hamilton says. “Canoe one day, sightsee the next, drink wine in a castle after that – you can do it all.”

In 2020, Avalon Waterways will host active, wellness-focused sailings on the Danube, Rhine, and Rhône rivers. Consider an eight-day, Frankfurt-to-Amsterdam voyage on the 168-passenger Avalon Expression along the Rhine, where travelers can take a jogging tour of Cologne or a guided winetasting excursions in Eltville, Germany. Or, the 104-passenger Avalon Poetry II transports passengers along the Rhône River during an eight-day, Lyon-to-Port-Saint-Louis cruise through southern France that includes a vineyard hiking tour outside Viviers and an oyster-tasting at a Port-Saint-Louis farm.


This article is sponsored by Globus family of brands. Images courtesy of Globus family of brands.


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