Deborah Hutton image - emailAvalon Waterways has chosen two very famous ladies, one an Australian and the other an American, to launch their new river ships. They have announced that the ever popular Sydneysider, Deborah Hutton, will christen one of their, new ships, the luxurious Avalon Illumination, which will be launched in Europe in June next year.  Avalon Illumination has been specifically designed with Australian travellers in mind and features two decks of all suite accommodation with wall to wall panoramic windows.

Commenting on her role as Godmother, Deborah said she was honoured to be invited to take part in such an important maritime tradition.

“I couldn’t be more delighted to be ‘Godmother’ of such a magnificent ship – what an extraordinary honour,” Deborah said. “Avalon is renowned for offering a premium experience and I’m very much looking forward to spending some time enjoying such a world class holiday.”

Avalon Illumination will join twelve other Avalon ships in what is already the youngest fleet operating on the rivers of Europe.

With a range of cruises on the Rhine and Danube Rivers in 2014, Avalon Illumination will offer 30 per cent more suite space than most river cruise ships, featuring wall to wall panoramic windows that transform the entire suite into an open air balcony.

Room enhancements include a sophisticated European interior design, premium bedding from the Comfort Collection by Avalon, fresh flowers, contemporary marble bathrooms and luxury products by L’Occitane, which is one of my favourite brands.

Other ship features will include an impressive central lobby, an elegant dining room with sweeping views, a club and main lounge, a hair salon, a gym, an internet corner and wi-fi access, as well as Avalon’s popular rooftop Sky Deck with a whirlpool and open-air bistro.

Avalon first pioneered the larer suite concept in 2011 with the launch of Avalon Panorama, this concept was developed with Australian travellers in mind and has met with sell-out success.
Avalon_Panorama 400Avalon Waterways has also announced that Patricia Schultz, the New York based travel writer and author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, will christen its newest luxury ship, the 83 cabin Avalon Expression, at a ceremony on the Moselle at the scenic town of Cochem, Germany, on 6 May this year.

Two of Avalon’s existing ships, Avalon Tranquility and Avalon Imagery, will leave the fleet at the end of this year.  Both are less than seven years old, but will be retired as part of Avalon’s commitment to maintain Europe’s youngest fleet

Avalon Waterways operates the most modern river cruise fleet in Europe, with an average age of less than three years.  In 2014 it will offer thirteen luxury ships, including eight revolutionary Suite Ships.

Avalon’s river cruise itineraries on the great waterways of Europe include the Rhine, Danube, Moselle, Main, Rhône and Seine rivers.  The eight day cruise, A Taste of the Danube, between Budapest and Vienna is very popular with Australians, along with the eight day Romantic Rhine between Zurich and Amsterdam plus the eleven day Burgundy & Provence cruise between the Côte d’Azur and Paris.

Avalon Waterways also offers sixteen other itineraries on the Mississippi, Yangtze, Nile and Mekong rivers, as well as among the Galápagos Islands.

I have sailed on Avalon and really appreciated the larger sized cabins and the panoramic sliding windows.   Sandra Tiltman 



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