Avalon Waterways christened its 13th Suite Ship in Budapest. Acting as the ship’s godmother, Elizabeth Gilbert – author of Eat, Pray, Love – led the christening ceremony.
After reciting her blessing, Gilbert cut a rope tethered to a bottle of Torley – Hungary’s most famous sparkling wine, causing the bottle to smash against the newly named ship’s bow. Managing Director of Avalon Waterways Pam Hoffee, Captain Ralf Remus and the ship’s crew of 47 – as well as a hundred invited guests – cheered the ship’s christening in front of a crowd of local onlookers.
The new Avalon Envision welcomes travelers onboard with gray, gold, and violet décor inspired by Dutch interior designer Liane van Leeuwen, original art in common areas by Dutch artist Eelco Maan, and cabin paintings by another Dutch artist, Sofie Fisher.
Avalon Waterways’ Open-Air Balconies were designed with views in mind. A Panorama Suite highlight on all of the Suite Ships of Avalon, these wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows open 11-feet wide. They blur the line between outside and in while forming a comfortable and spacious seating area without compromising room space.