River Cruise Interest dwindling, Avalon scraps Myanmar river cruises By Michelle Baran / April 26, 2018 Share 1 -- Avalon Waterways is canceling its 2019 Irrawaddy cruises in Myanmar due a lack of interest and sales. "This decision is not based on safety or security issues," Avalon said in a statement. "While our operations remain distant from locations of any incidents within Myanmar, interest among U.S. travelers to Myanmar for 2019 has waned."Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have reportedly fled their homes since last year in the northern Rakhine province of Myanmar, where there have been reports of hundreds if not thousands of deaths in what the United Nations has described as ethnic cleansing.Avalon launched Irawaddy cruises in 2015, partnering with Burmese company Ayravata Cruises, operator of the 36-passegner, all-suite Avalon Myanmar. At the time, tourism to Myanmar was booming.The company will continue its Irrawaddy cruises through 2018.