Avalon Waterways to Break New Ground with Suite Ship
Avalon Waterways is unveiling the river cruise industry's first "Suite Ship," the Avalon Panorama.
The 166 passenger ship will offer cabins that are 15 to 30% larger than the industry norm. It will offer 64 newly designed panorama suites offering a full 200 square feet of living space.
The cabins will include wall to wall panoramic windows that open seven feet wide. When open, this will offer an open air balcony for travelers to enjoy the amazing views and fresh air without compromising cabin space. Other cabin amenities include a flat screen TV's, large closet, a fully stocked min-bar and in room safe.
"We in effect are bringing that outdoor experience indoors, which is really going to redefine the industry standard," Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon Waterways, tells USA TODAY. "We're calling it the Open Air Balcony."As with other Avalon ships, there will be a club, main lounge, dining room, pool deck, open-air bistro, fitness room and hair salon on board.
The ship will be christened in May 2011 and will begin a 14 night trip with itineraries between Amsterdam and Budapest.