Avalon Waterways is introducing a new river cruise ship in May 2011, the Avalon Panorama, that will feature 64 newly designed, 200-square-foot suites on the top two decks.
That will be in addition to 17 staterooms, measuring 172 square feet each, on the lower deck.
The suites will have a seating area adjacent to an 11-foot wide, floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall panoramic window. “The whole suite becomes an open-air balcony,” says Patrick Clark, managing director at Avalon. This is a “new look at how the space on the ships is used.”
Avalon employed a new interior design team to tackle the Panorama’s design features, which will include marble bathrooms, new Avalon-branded bedding called Comfort Collection by Avalon, and a love seat-enhanced sitting area in the suites. Additionally, there will be fresh flowers in each stateroom and premium L’Occitane body products.
The Panorama will also feature a lounge, dining room, hair salon, sky deck fun pool and open-air bistro for outdoor, grilled lunches. In addition, the Panorama’s fitness room will be more expansive, with additional equipment.
There will be flat-screen televisions, fully stocked mini-bars and safes in all staterooms and suites as well as laundry/ironing services.
The Panorama will sail Avalon’s 14-night Magnificent Europe itinerary from Amsterdam to Budapest for most of 2011. It will also sail Avalon’s Christmas markets itinerary during the holidays.
Avalon will be retiring the 178-passenger Avalon Artistry, which was built in 2004, and the 176-passenger Avalon Poetry, built in 2005, at the end of this year.