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Themed River Cruises

Below are some of the themed river cruises that we offer at Click any link to view limited-time offers and search for available trips.

Food and drink cruises explore a region's culinary traditions, and passengers are invited to participate in tastings, food pairings and cooking demonstrations. Wine cruises in Europe focus on the vineyards along the Danube, Rhine, Douro, Seine, Saone and Rhone rivers and in the Bordeaux region. Avalon Waterways also has beer-tasting cruises. In the U.S., travelers may visit Kentucky's bourbon-making region, sample Southern barbecue or sip wines of the Pacific Northwest.

Christmas markets cruises take in the famous outdoor holiday bazaars of Europe. You can stroll among decorated stalls that sell handcrafted ornaments, toys and woodcarvings and enjoy treats such as gingerbread, grilled sausages and mulled wine. You also can ring in the New Year on select sailings.

Music cruises celebrate a variety of genres. In Europe, look into the lives of composers like Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss and the Old World cities that inspired them. Some Mississippi River cruises are centered on the regional roots of jazz, blues and country music or the sounds of the '50s and '60s.

Family-friendly cruises are geared toward those who'd like to travel with their children or grandchildren. These departures feature onboard amenities and shore excursions specifically tailored to young guests.

European history cruises primarily visit World War II battlefields and landmarks. We also offer Danube departures that delve into the Habsburg royal dynasty.

Avalon's Active & Discovery cruises in Europe highlight energetic shore outings at every port of call. These can include hiking, biking, canoeing and jogging excursions.

Avalon recently also launched their Storyteller Series, a collection of cruises featuring guest speakers such as Cheryl Strayed, author of the best-selling memoir Wild, and Gillian Flynn, author of the thriller novels Gone Girl, Sharp Objects and Dark Places.

Tulip-time cruises are offered from March to May, when the flower fields of the Netherlands peak in color. A highlight of these itineraries on Dutch and Belgian waterways is a visit to Keukenhof Gardens, an 80-acre park planted with more than 7 million bulbs.