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apr 16 2009

Best value in river cruising (Budget Travel's pick for 2009)

Sailing on the Rhone River in Lyon, France (Courtesy Avalon Waterways)

There's a reason river-cruise bookings have spiked by more than 20 percent each year since 2001: Unlike on mega ships, you typically won't find surprise fees tacked onto your bill when you sail on these small vessels. Riding this wave of popularity, Avalon Waterways is adding four ships—Affinity, Creativity, Luminary, and Felicity—to its European fleet. On May 9, the Affinity starts its maiden voyage in Holland. avalonwaterways.com, six-day trips from $1,699.

—Geraldine Campbell, from the May 2009 issue of Budget Travel

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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