Avalon Waterways’ Latest Suite Ship is launched on the Danube

June 2014 - Avalon Waterways Press Release

Avalon Waterways’ Latest Suite Ship is launched on the Danube

"(3 June 2014) Avalon Waterways has launched its newest ‘Panorama Suite Ship’, Avalon Illumination in a ceremony in Vienna hosted by the Vienna Tourist Board.

The beautiful state-of-the-art ship was christened in traditional Viennese style on the banks of the River Danube on Tuesday with famous Australian TV personality Deborah Hutton acting as the ship’s official godmother in front of specially invited worldwide media and travel industry leaders.

With the same state-of-the art design as its sister ships, Avalon Illumination is the third addition to the Avalon fleet this year offering two full decks of suites, each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows which open up to create open-air balconies, designed with comfort in mind,

The 83 stateroom Illumination is the eighth vessel introduced by Avalon since its successful Suite Ship concept made its debut three years ago with the launch of the original Avalon Panorama.

The Suite Ships form part of the most modern river cruise fleet in Europe and offer 30 per cent more cabin space than the average industry standard. Each are sized at a magnificently spacious 200 square feet and the careful placement of the bed means that travellers are free to wake up and retire to bed each day experiencing new and memorable river views.

Next year Avalon Waterways will introduce another two Suite Ships – Avalon Tapestry II and Avalon Tranquility II – giving it a total of 10 Suite Ships in an overall European fleet of 15 vessels.

Avalon ships and launch dates:  Avalon Siem Reap (2015), Avalon Impression, Avalon Poetry II and Avalon Illumination (2014); Avalon Artistry II & Avalon Expression (2013); Avalon Vista & Visionary (2012); Avalon Angkor (2012); Avalon Panorama (2011); Avalon Felicity (2010); Avalon Luminary (2010);  Avalon Affinity (2009);  Avalon Creativity (2009);  Avalon Scenery (2008).

For further press information or images of Avalon cruise ships please contact:

Helen McNaught at the Avalon UK Press Office on 0208 695 4069 or email hmcnaught@avaloncruises.co.uk"