Avalon Waterways gets set to reveal its Artistry
A fourth Suite Ship, Avalon Artistry II, will join Avalon Waterways fleet next year, opening up more opportunities for Australians to explore the historic and beautiful Rhine River. Avalon Waterways' Marketing Manager, Christian Schweitzer, said that the launch of Avalon Artistry II was in direct response to the massive success of the company's first Suite Ship, Avalon Panorama, which was launched last May and enjoyed a sell out début season.
"The market response has shown clearly that travellers want larger cabin space and enjoy the open-air balcony concept of our Suit Ships," said Schweitzer. Avalon Artistry II will launch in April next year and will offer 30% more space than its average competitor, with 64 suites, each with wall-to-wall panoramic windows designed to turn the cabins into open air balconies, spread across the 2 decks.
The overall look of Artistry II is based on the Avalon Panorama, however it will be slightly smaller like Avalon Visionary (launching in May). So, in 2013, Avalon will have 2 83-cabin Suite Ships (Panorama and Vista - which is also launching in May), and 2 64-cabin Suite Ships (Visionary and Artistry II).
Artistry II is scheduled to operate Avalon's popular 8-day Romantic Rhine itinerary between Amsterdam and Zurich, whilst her sisterships Panorama, Vista and Visionary will offer other itineraries on the Rhine, Moselle, Main and Danube.
"Together the 4 Suite Ships give Avalon the flexibility to offer a greater range of itineraries, with varying durations, on all 4 rivers," Schweitzer said.
Source: Cruise Weekly, Thursday 2 February 2012.