With special interest cruises getting all the buzz, Avalon Waterways has upped the ante with a host of new specialty cruises. From an exclusive Author’s Cruise, hosted by New York Time’s Bestselling author Diana Gabaldon, to The World in Red & White Wine Cruises, 2020 holds an array of exciting options for cruise enthusiasts.

“In addition to announcing new author and photography cruises in 2020, we are also unveiling new culinary-themed vacations and favorites featuring wine, beer, history, heritage and of course, Christmas markets. Regardless of the theme, our passion-filled vacations have the great distinction of uniting our guests with their pastimes and other like-minded travelers,” says Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways.

Here are a few highlights of what’s in store.

For Book Lovers: Romantic Rhine Author Cruise with Diana Gabaldon

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Author of the No.1 New York Times-bestselling Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon hosts a new Author Cruise along the spectacular Rhine River. For one week in June 2020, fans will get an inside look into OUTLANDER with their favorite author. “On the June 9, 2020, departure from Basel to Amsterdam, this inspiring storyteller will share an inspired cruise – and daily excursions – with an intimate group of her fans,” adds Hoffe.

For Photographers: Reflections on the Seine for Photography Enthusiasts

Brenda Tharp, photography veteran and co-author of Extraordinary Everyday Photography, hosts the new 2020 cruise perfect for photography enthusiasts and aspiring shutterbugs alike. Learn from a seasoned photographer how to capture postcard-perfect backdrops and the beauty of France from Paris to Le Havre, a UNESCO World Heritage site on this picture-perfect itinerary.

For Wine Lovers: The World in Red & White Wine Cruises

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Set sail on a cruise where the river and Rieslings flow. Weekend wine-sippers and wannabe sommeliers unite with the world’s most renowned winemakers and wine masters on the rolling vineyards of Europe. Options include: NEW Danube Dreams for Wine Lovers; Burgundy & Provence for Wine Lovers; Grand France for Wine Lovers; and Rhine & Rhône Revealed for Wine Lovers.

For Beer Lovers: Avalon Beer Cruises

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Adventure is brewing for beer lovers! Fascinating history pairs perfectly with a beverage that goes just as far back in time. Incredible libations, breathtaking scenery and visits to the greatest beer scenes in Europe abound on cruises like: Tulip Time Cruise for Beer Enthusiasts; Enchanted Europe for Beer Enthusiasts; and Magnificent Europe for Beer Enthusiasts. 

For Holiday Lovers: Christmas Cruises

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Experience the holiday season the European way! Travelers will enjoy the jolly atmosphere on their festively decorate Suite Ship as they delight in the sights, smells, tastes and local traditions of Europe’s Christmas markets. In 2020, Avalon Waterways is offering 16 Christmas Cruises throughout Europe.

For Romantics: Habsburg Cruises

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In the fairytale settings of Germany, Austria, and Hungary, Avalon Waterways is rolling out the red carpet for travelers sailing along the Danube. From the palaces of Budapest and Vienna to the castles and estates of the surrounding countryside, it’s time to sip Champagne in the same reception rooms, walk the same art-filled corridors of Europe’s royal past. Choose from Danube Dreams with Habsburg & Royalty or From the Danube Delta to Prague with Habsburg & Royalty.

This is just a sampling of all that Avalon has to offer. The range of special interest cruises is sure to appeal to everyone from the garden-loving traveler to the history buff.