Avalon adding more ‘suite’ reasons to cruise Europe

Cruising with Avalon Waterways will become an even more “suite”experience in 2014 with the river cruise ship company unveiling three more Suite Ships — The Avalon Poetry II, Avalon Illumination and Avalon Impression. The addition of these ships, plus two new Suite Ships scheduled to be unveiled this spring (Avalon Artistry II in April and Avalon Expression in May) – which are nearly sold out – will bring the fleet’s Suite Ship total to eight (adding nearly 10% more capacity to aid in Avalon’s exponential growth). Each suite on all eight Suite Ships feature Avalon’s Open-Air Balcony, providing travellers a combination of the largest windows available with a sliding glass door that opens a full 2.1 metres, plus a spacious seating area. With a focus on bringing the beauty of Europe inside, the balconies can be enjoyed any hour of the day, year round, adding considerable comfort to the overall guest experience without taking space away from the room. Honouring its commitment to provide the newest, roomiest and “viewiest”staterooms in Europe, Avalon’s Suite Ships boast two full decks of suites. “Eighty per cent of the staterooms on our Suite Ships are 200-square-foot Panorama Suites or 300-square-foot Royal Suites,”said Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “And our smallest stateroom in the fleet is still a very comfortable 172-square-feet.”In 2014, Avalon will offer cruisers eight times the options to see and experience Europe – on the Danube, Rhine and Main Rivers. (