AVALON PANORAMA Ship Review

In May 2011, Avalon Waterways launched its newest and arguably most impressive vessel to date: Avalon Panorama.

Avalon's first new "Suite Ship", Avalon Panorama. Photo courtesy of Avalon Waterways.

Designed to raise the stakes in the highly-competitive river cruise market, Avalon Panorama has been dubbed a “Suite Ship,” and as such, features two decks of suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that are capable of transforming into what the line calls an Open Air Balcony™.

When she launches, Avalon Panorama will specialize in cruising along the Danube, Rhine and Main rivers.  Beginning in 2012, she will be joined by her new sister-ships, Avalon Vista and Avalon Visionary.

AVALON PANORAMA Staterooms

One of the spacious Panorama Suites aboard Avalon Panorama. Photo courtesy of Avalon Waterways

There are six different categories of staterooms aboard Avalon Panorama.

  • Located on Indigo Deck, Category D and E staterooms start at 172 square feet, and feature two windows located near the ceiling of the stateroom. These staterooms also feature a full bathroom complete with a glass door enclosed shower, a writing desk, vanity, and of Avalon’s deluxe beds with premium mattress covers, Egyptian linens, European-style duvets, and a choice of firm or soft pillows.
  • Categories A, B and P measure 200 square feet, and are located on the Sapphire and Royal decks. These “Panorama Suites” feature wall-to-wall windows that retract to create an open-air balcony capable of seating up to six fully-grown adults. The suites feature all the amenities of the above categories but with the addition of a coffee table and sitting area.

One of the marble-clad suite bathrooms aboard Avalon Panorama. Photo courtesy of Avalon Waterways

  • At the top end of the scale are Avalon Panorama’s 300-square foot Royal Suites. Located side-by-side on Royal Deck, these suites pull out all the stops, featuring all the amenities of the previous categories but with more space, larger sitting areas, and segmented bathrooms that feature separate toilets, showers, and vanity areas with dual sinks.

All guests have access to a welcome list of amenities, including nightly turn-down service, spacious three-door closets, flat-screen TV with movie channels, bathrobes and slippers, complimentary bottled water and L’Occitane toiletries.

AVALON PANORAMA Public Areas

While it may be tempting to never leave your stateroom, Avalon Panorama offers a host of amenities designed to ensure your stay aboard is pleasurable.

Throughout the ship you’ll find wall-to-wall panoramic windows so that you never miss the incredible scenery passing by.

The ship is also fully equipped with Wi-Fi access and a dedicated internet center, as well as a fitness center, an outside viewing deck, the Sky Deck featuring a unique shade system and premium lounge chairs, and a whirlpool.

River Cruisers Should Know!

  • Avalon Panorama’s interior is non-smoking.
  • Headsets are available for guests on guided shore excursions.
  • Room service, including continental breakfast, is available.
  • Avalon Panorama has a dedicated cruise director and onboard lecturers, as well as nightly entertainment.