With the addition of the newly christened Avalon Passion and Avalon Imagery II, Avalon Waterways now boasts a fleet of 14 Suite Ships in Europe and Southeast Asia. Redefining the window of opportunity for river cruisers worldwide, each has two full decks of Panorama Suites featuring beds that face the windows and the incredible views river cruising is famous for. In fact, 70 percent of Avalon Waterways’ staterooms offer travellers a unique point-of-view: One where the view is the whole point.
“In the average cruise cabin, the view from the bed never changes. Travellers are looking at the same scene throughout their voyage: The wall,” said Patrick Clark, Managing Director of Avalon Waterways. “We had a better idea. We turned our beds so they face giant, floor-to-ceiling windows. To do this, we angled the wall behind the bed – a design innovation that provided two additional benefits. It opened up each stateroom and bathroom, exclusively giving Avalon travelers more space and better views.”
In terms of space, at 18.5-square-metres, Avalon’s Panorama Suites are 30 per cent larger than the average stateroom. And in Southeast Asia, all staterooms measure a whopping 22.7-square-metres. Avalon also takes a different approach to the typical balcony. Instead of providing travellers with a traditional balcony, Avalon Waterways’ Suite Ships offer two full decks of suites with Open-Air Balconies: Floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows that open two metres wide.
“With a focus on bringing the beauty of Europe or Southeast Asia inside, Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies offer our travellers a fresh air, panoramic cruising experience complete with epic views, in every weather condition, without compromising room space,” said Clark. “And when each room’s wall-to-wall panoramic window is closed, the Open-Air Balcony is transformed into a light, inviting and inspirationally designed sitting room that’s perfect for relaxing, reading a book or taking pleasure in a romantic dinner. Avalon’s Open-Air Balcony can be enjoyed any hour of the day, year round, adding considerable comfort to the overall guest experience.”
Those booking a 2017 cruise by 31 May 2016 can enjoy free flights or they can save 10 per cent on Europe and Southeast Asia. China and South America cruises are five per cent off.