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Avalon's New Panorama — a Unique "Suite Ship"


Have you ever looked at a word, known what it meant, frequently used it, but were not quite sure of its current context? I have. As we put this article together, that word was “inspired.” Sure, it’s a word that we all use, maybe even every day, but in the context of a new European river cruise ship I had my doubts.

So, we pulled out our old Webster’s unabridged dictionary, and “the light went on.” Besides inspired, the other two most relevant words we came up with were “brilliant” and “creative.” We then completely understood why Avalon Waterways chose “inspiring” to primarily describe the extraordinary features to be found on their newest ship, the Avalon Panorama, launched in the spring of 2011 and now sailing the Danube and Rhine Rivers.

When we discussed the ship with Avalon management, they told us something we had rarely heard from a river cruise line… that every element of the Avalon cruise experience and the Panorama were traveler-inspired. Also called the “Suite Ship," you’ll immediately see how this translates into more space, more comfort and more enjoyment aboard the Panorama on your next European river cruise. Guess that means they really have been listening to their guests! From her length, a robust 443 feet to her onboard features, she’ll be one of the longest and most beautiful contemporary ships sailing the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. It’s this added length [about 80 feet longer than most ships] that has allowed Avalon to create a very modern, striking, spacious and comfortable ship.

With the introduction of the Panorama [view DECK PLAN], Avalon Waterways will unveil a new concept in stateroom design and comfort created especially for river cruising — the Panorama Suite. In addition to her 17 large, deluxe staterooms on the lower deck [172 sq. ft.], this “Suite Ship” will feature 64 of the new-concept queen-bed suites located on the upper two decks, each offering 200 square feet of luxurious living space. The new suite design features a large seating area [see diagram] set next to the floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall Panoramic Window that opens to a width of 7 feet. When fully open, the nearly 11-foot wide by 7-foot tall window transforms the suite into your own personal, indoor/outdoor open-air balcony — bringing the outside inside so you don’t miss a thing.

To those fortunate enough to sail in a Panorama Suite, that design translates into being able to experience the most breathtaking views of the river and shoreline available on any European river cruise ship. No other ship can match this “open-air” concept! Can you imagine cruising the Danube on a warm summer’s eve, delighting in the passing magical scenery while the sweet fragrances of jasmine, lavender and other flora that line the banks waft gently into your cabin? Oh, yes!

For those looking for even more opulence on the rivers, imagine sailing in one of the Panorama’s two Royal Suites which offer guests a whopping 300 square feet of decadently furnished comfort. These may in fact be the most beautifully designed and decorated cabins of any river ship in the world!

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