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Avalon Waterways Christens Two Suite Ships in Dual Ceremony

March 27, 2014 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

Avalon Christening - Both ShipsAvalon Waterways has added two more Suite Ships to its European fleet with the dual christening of Avalon Poetry II and Avalon Impression in Holland at the weekend. 

Avalon Poetry II was christened by Olympic Gold medal-winning British rower and author Katherine Grainger, while J Mara DelliPriscoli, president of Travel Learning Connection, Inc acted as godmother to Avalon Impression. 

After the christening, held at Dordrecht in northern Holland, guests were invited aboard the Avalon Poetry II for a Champagne reception, followed by a six-course Captain’s dinner. Avalon Christening - Godmothers

The new ships, along with a third Avalon vessel – Avalon Illumination, to be launched in Vienna in June by Australian godmother Deborah Hutton – will bring the fleet’s Suite Ship total to eight in an overall European fleet of 13 modern vessels, each operating itineraries on the Rhine, Danube, Main and Moselle rivers.

First pioneered in 2011 with the launch of Avalon Panorama, the Suite Ship concept was developed with Australian travellers in mind and has met with sell-out success.

Each of Avalon’s Suite Ships has two decks of all-suite accommodation, with 30 per cent more cabin space than the average competitor.  They feature wall-to-wall panoramic windows that slide back to turn the entire cabin into an open-air balcony, allowing passengers to enjoy the outdoors without compromising space.

The introduction of the new ships follows last year’s launch of Avalon Artistry II and Avalon Expression in April and May and represents Avalon’s biggest single fleet expansion since its inception.

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