January 2017 | By Avalon Waterways | 8 minute read |
The view is why we travel. That’s why Avalon Waterways has redefined the window of opportunity for river cruisers worldwide. Our Panorama SuitesSM feature beds that face the windows and the incredible sights river cruising is famous for.* In fact, on two full decks of every Suite Ship® in Europe and Southeast Asia, Avalon Waterways offers travelers a unique point-of-view: One where the view is the whole point.
On other ships, travelers face a never-changing view of the wall. On our Suite Ships, we angled our beds to face a wall of windows so our guests can enjoy the breathtaking views passing by. And in doing that, we opened our rooms up to give our travelers more stateroom and bathroom space.
And in focusing on both space and views, we did something else that’s totally unique. Instead of offering our travelers a small – often very cramped – balcony, our Open-Air Balconies® in every Panorama Suite make full use of the intended balcony experience – in any weather condition, in any season – without compromising room space.
How? We created our innovative Open-Air Balconies by pushing each room all the way out to the end of the ship. Then we made a whole wall of windows (with a giant, 7-foot opening). In front of the wall-to-wall windows, we provide travelers a love seat, chairs and table. The result is a space where travelers can slide the doors wide open and enjoy the feeling of sitting comfortably “outside” as the amazing views of castles and villages, rolling green hills and ancient cities pass by.
We’re the only river cruise company that’s figured out how to give our cruisers everything they want –more space, indoor/outdoor living and huge views in the comfort and privacy of their rooms.
*More than 70% of the Avalon Europe fleet feature beds facing the window.
Avalon Waterways has taken a radically different approach to designing our staterooms and ships. Instead of listening to accountants who want more people and less space, inspired by our travelers, we did the opposite. We removed ourselves from what has been done in the past and let innovation, imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space be our guide. The result? One-of-a-kind Panorama SuitesSM on the industry’s only Suite Ships: Unparalleled vessels that feature two full decks of 200- and 300-square-foot suites.
When you compare Avalon’s Suite Ships to the rest of the industry, you’ll see there simply is no comparison. We understand that each stateroom should be an oasis for guests to escape to, not escape from. And while it’s true our Panorama Suites offer our travelers more room, they’re about more of everything. More storage, more closet space, ample under-bed storage, more luxury, more comfort and more views. And that means a more relaxing and more enjoyable vacation for our guests.
And while providing “more” is one of Avalon’s mantras, we also offer fewer staterooms on each ship. This means, there are fewer travelers enjoying more space on each and every Avalon Waterways ship.
Comfort is a word we take seriously and so do our travelers. That’s why our staterooms and suites offer guests deluxe Comfort Collection BedsSM with Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets and choice of pillows. Avalon staterooms also come complete with sound dampening insulation in the walls so guests don’t hear neighbors. And we give travelers the comforts of home like real wood finishes, recessed lighting, plush robes, slippers, stocked mini-bars and complimentary bottled water as well as some added bonuses like nightly turndown service and treats.
And we didn’t stop with our rooms. Our bathrooms are atypical as well. We angled each bathroom wall to provide our guests a large, tile shower with glass doors. Our bathrooms also feature marble countertops, premium fixtures, L’Occitane® amenities and shelves under the vanity to house our guests’ toiletries.
No other rooms – or bathrooms, for that matter – in river cruising equal Avalon’s Panorama Suites. And the best part is that there aren’t just a couple of these “suite” rooms on our ships reserved for those who want to pay more. Instead, eighty percent (80%) of the rooms on our Suite Ships are Panorama Suites.
Whether focused on healthy dining alternatives or just great food, we understand every dining experience with Avalon is an opportunity to bring each destination to life. We put care into creating every day’s menu using fresh, quality ingredients. All prepared to perfection by our culinary artisans.
Our team views dinners as the perfect complement to a day of discovery. We craft our recipes using high-quality, prime-cut beef, fresh fish and an accompaniment of hand-picked local fruits, vegetables, and garden greens. Every dinner features a specialty dish from your destination as well as a choice of wine, including special wines of the region, selected by a professional sommelier and always complimentary.
And on each Avalon cruise, we bring a local chef on board to interact and prepare a special dinner, offering a true taste of the culture of your destination.
Also onboard our Suite ShipsSM, guests can take advantage of our new Panorama Bistro—a casual atmosphere offering a variety of regional and tapas-style dishes, hand-paired with local wines.
Our lunches are a reason to return to the ship. Our travelers enjoy hand-carved meats and expansive buffets including fresh salads and amazing homemade soups. On sunny days our guests can enjoy lunch with a view, courtesy of our Sky Bistro, featuring grilled meats and local delicacies.
Each morning, we invite our travelers to start the day with an extensive breakfast buffet where they can choose a made-to-order omelet, fresh fruit, or among an assortment of fresh baked breads.
No two travelers are alike-so why would we expect you to enjoy all the same things. With more expertly-led discovery options than any other cruise line, we make it possible for you to explore each port according to what intrigues you most. Even on board, our Local Favorites give you an enriching glimpse into your destination’s culture and traditions. Enjoy a wide range of activities, like food and wine tastings, demonstrations by local artisans, talks by experts about the areas through which you’re traveling, and lively performance by local entertainers.
We want your cruise to be as satisfying as possible, so we include all the important elements and leave room for your own preferences. Every Avalon cruise includes shore excursions with expert Local Guides; wine (including from the region) and beer with all onboard dinners; complimentary Wi-Fi; a choice of dining options and venue; onboard enrichment activities; a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment; hair salon and, of course, outside staterooms with outstanding views.