Arrivals & Departures New ships, new itineraries for river cruising in Asia

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There'll be more vessels cruising Asia's rivers.

The increasing popularity of cruising Asia’s rivers has prompted Avalon Waterways to boost its presence on the continent next year with a new ship and new itineraries in Vietnam and Myanmar.

In a move which will double its capacity in Vietnam, the cruise line will launch the 36-passenger Avalon Saigon in September next year.

The new ship will join sister ship Avalon Siem Reap on the Mekong River, offering weekly departures and a variety of cruises including two new 18 and 21-day sailings.

As well as the two new Mekong itineraries, Avalon is also introducing a new 16-day itinerary on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River.

While the cruise line is making a big push in Asia, it will also expand its Active Discovery cruises in Europe to include sailings on the Rhine. The new eight-day cruises depart alternately from Frankfurt and Amsterdam.

To mark the launch of the 2018 program, Avalon is offering holiday credit of up to $2600 per couple on a range of departures in Asia and $2400 per couple in Europe for bookings made by June 6.

Credit can be applied on international flights, cabin upgrades or the addition of a Monograms city break or coach tour.

Itineraries eligible for the credit offer include the eight-day Romantic Rhine cruise from Amsterdam to Zurich, departing on March 31 and priced from $2201 per person, twin share and the new 18-day The Heart of Cambodia and Vietnam cruise from Siem Reap to Hanoi, departing July 9, 2018 and priced from $7309 per person, twin share.

Avalon has also waived its single supplements for 2018 cruises until June 6. Travellers can save up to $9215 on a range of European itineraries and up to $6178 on Asia cruises.

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For details and bookings visit avalonwaterways.com.au or 1300 230 234.

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