Avalon Waterways Avalon Illumination Christening Ceremony
Christened last week by Australian television personality, Deborah Hutton, Avalon Illumination - Avalon Waterways' newest river cruise ship - is the third Suite Ship addition to the cruise lines' European fleet this year.
Illumination's launch, jointly hosted in Vienna, Austria, by Avalon Waterways and the Vienna Tourist Board, was conducted with high Austrian pageantry, featuring classical musicians, a traditional Viennese waltz and local children.
The 83-stateroom Avalon Illumination is now the 8th Suite Ship introduced into the line's fleet since the concept debuted 3 years ago with the launch of Avalon Panorama. Designed with North American and Australian travellers in mind, the Suite Ships offer 30% more stateroom space than the average river cruise stateroom.
They also offer 2 decks of all-suite accommodation and wall-to-wall panoramic windows that slide back to turn the entire cabin into an open-air balcony, allowing passengers to enjoy the outdoors without compromising on space.
Avalon Illuminations' onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, an expanded Fitness Centre, complimentary Wi-Fi access and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, a whirlpool and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck.
Guests can also enjoy onboard lectures, activities and nightly entertainment; onboard movie nights; a behind-the-scenes ship tour and experiences with local chefs, entertainers, artisans and experts.
Onshore, guests can expect sightseeing with Certified Local Guides; headsets for all guided shore excursions in Europe; biking excursions in Amsterdam and Durnstein; a choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing options; the use of Nordic walking sticks, and complimentary maps.
Next year, Avalon Waterways is introducing another 2 Suite Ships - Avalon Tapestry II and Avalon Tranquillity II - bringing the fleet to a total of 10 Suite Ships out of 15 vessels.
For more details on the christening event, watch this video, published by Cruise Weekly: