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Avalon Waterways will operate its first itineraries on the mighty Amazon next year, introducing an 11-day Peruvian adventure in its new 2014 brochure. The Amazon expedition is one of several new initiatives in line with its 10th anniversary celebrations, which include new ships, new itineraries and new themed cruises.

Joining Avalon’s program in 2014 is the 45m Amazon explorer Aria, a contemporary 16-suite ship designed for cruising South America’s greatest river in style. Exclusive to Avalon Waterways, it features floor-to-ceiling windows, an outdoor Jacuzzi, an exercise room, indoor and outdoor lounges, a bar, a boutique, an elegant dining room and an open-air sun deck. From February, the Aria will offer three-night cruises as part of an 11-day itinerary from Lima venturing deep into the Amazon jungle in search of wildlife including the rare pink dolphins, as well as visiting indigenous communities and the remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve under the guidance of a local naturalist.

Other highlights include the ancient Andean city of Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the extraordinary mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu. An optional two-day extension provides a chance to see the mysterious Nazca lines.

Meanwhile in Europe, Avalon will expand its successful Suite Ship concept further with the introduction of three new vessels next year – Avalon Impression, Avalon Poetry II and Avalon Illumination. The newcomers will give Avalon a total of eight Suite Ships, making up more than half its European fleet of 13 luxury ships.

In all, Avalon will offer 26 different European itineraries in 2014, sailing the Rhine, Moselle, Main, Danube, Seine, Saône and Rhône rivers. It will offer a further 12 itineraries worldwide, cruising the Nile, Yangtze, Mekong, Mississippi and Amazon rivers and among the Galápagos Islands. Visit the website for river cruises of Europe, Asia, Egypt, North and South America.

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Written by Debbie McTaggart

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