From our inception, Avalon Waterways has cast a light on the world’s most fascinating places and people – inviting wayfarers and wanderers like you to bask in their glory, intrigue and wonder. Along the way, we’ve helped travellers uncover ancient traditions while meeting the locals dedicated to preserving them; to meander historic hallways while giving back to the societies that safeguard them; and to put down the guidebooks and pick up a greater understanding of the world and its people.
Immersed in enlightening experiences, we naturally gain a deeper appreciation – one that leads to greater compassion, consideration and curiosity as we ask ourselves, what else can we do to protect our planet, preserve our sacred places and help humankind?
Enter the Avalon Waterways® Lighthouse Project – an illuminating initiative where we can all come together to tread lightly and give generously for the globe’s greater good. Avalon, along with sister companies Globus, Cosmos and Monograms, invite our travellers and partners to help us in supporting causes that provide for a more sustainable planet and a brighter tomorrow.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT:
USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL
Reflecting on the past to brighten the future
The Japanese Naval Forces’ attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 marks the worst naval disaster in American history. Built over the remains of the sunken battleship USS Arizona, the USS Arizona Memorial is the final resting place for many of the 1,177 crewmen killed that day – and is dedicated to preserving the history of the site for the millions of travellers who visit each year.
Keeping the world in its best light.
While nothing is more exciting than tracing the paths of historic legends, nothing is more rewarding than doing so with the most minimal footprint. We make every effort to conserve and preserve in each destination. To protect waterways and wildlife and shine a light on organisations that do the same.
Now, our efforts include carbon offsetting for all Avalon Waterways’ guests with help from Trees4Travel. Through this partnership, Avalon is donating trees to be planted on behalf of our cruisers to offset carbon emissions.
The planet-focused initiatives we support include:
Additionally, we shine a light on the following organisations through a combination of holiday visits and donations:
Helping the communities of the world shine.
It’s not just the splendid landscapes and landmarks that make travel so rewarding – it’s the unique people we meet along the way and the cultures they hold dear. We are dedicated to protecting, respecting and supporting the extraordinary communities of the world as well as improving the individual lives within them. The measure of the Lighthouse Project’s success? – The megawatt smiles we see along the way.
The people-focused organisations we support include:
Additionally, we shine a light on the following organizations through a combination of vacation visits and donations:
Reflecting on the past; Brightening the future.
The parks, palaces, museums and monuments we enjoy today are the result of previous generations passionately committed to preservation. By way of the Lighthouse Project, we aim to pay it forward – staying light years ahead of preservation – so that future generations can enjoy the same glorious places to relax, renew and reflect.
While every one of our destinations is precious to us, here are some of the sights and attractions we have supported – many of which we also visit on trip:
Navigating the Way to a Brighter Future on the World's Waterways
As a part of our Lighthouse Project, Avalon Waterways has undertaken an ambitious mission to lead the way in sustainable operation and practices. Part of our mission to preserve the precious environment river cruising affords travellers.
This commitment extends to every aspect of cruising. From how we power and propel our fleet of Suite Ships to the care and attention we give to environmentally friendly practices onboard. Not to mention the many causes we support. All to ensure that we're helping to make tomorrow on these incredible rivers as special as the experiences they gift us today.
Creating a Sustainable Tomorrow
Avalon is charting an ambitious course toward zero emissions and sustainability in every aspect of cruising. Our state-of-the-art fleet of Suite Ships and top-of-the-line technology limit energy, consumption and emissions. Plus, Avalon’s waste and recycling programs reduce our environmental footprint, save water and foster a sustainability culture among crew and guests worldwide. Even better? This is just the beginning of what we have planned to protect our beautiful Mother Earth, and her fans.
TODAY, AVALON HAS:
TOMORROW, AVALON PLEDGES TO: