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Avalon Adds New Departures to Meet High Demand for River Cruises

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Budapest, Hungary - DEC 2017: Christmas market in front of St Stephen Basilica

Avalon Waterways is adding new departures to meet high demand for 2023 and 2024 river cruises. The river cruise line says it's seen its strongest first quarter sales season ever, along with a surge in bookings across France on the Seine & Rhône, to the Rhine & Moselle Rivers, to "sell-out status" on special interest cruises.

“We’ve just witnessed the biggest first quarter bookings swell in our history,” said Pam Hoffee, president of Avalon Waterways. “While the Rhine River is leading this wave of interest, our most popular destination for 2023 is France.

"We expect both the Seine and Rhône Rivers to sell-out this year. And, thanks to an increased interest in longer journeys, we’re also enjoying a growing trend in two-week vacations.”

According to Hoffee, Avalon is also experiencing a rise in off-season travel. The company says its Festive Season cruises are nearly sold-out for 2023, so it has added two new cruises featuring Christmas Markets on the Danube, between Budapest and Vienna, in late NOV 2023 to provide cruisers more availability and options.

Hoffee added that wine-themed cruises are nearly sold-out for 2023 so Avalon has added two additional wine-themed cruises that take cruisers along the Rhône River through Burgundy and Provence in early- and mid-NOV.

To prepare for next year, Avalon Waterways says it is extending its 2024 cruising season into NOV on the Seine and Rhône Rivers while also adding additional departures on the Rhine and Danube Rivers, including more Festive cruises.

For more information on Avalon Waterways, visit its website.

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