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The persistent rain came to a halt as Avalon Waterways christened two new Suite Ships in Enkhuizen, Holland on May 11 in a jubilant ceremony complete with a champagne reception, a five-course dinner and fireworks.
Nicole Mazza, chief marketing officer for TravelSavers, christened the Visionary, and Vanessa Lee, president and chief executive of Cruise Strategies, Canada, christened the Vista. Approximately 150 guests, including Enkhuizen’s Mayor J.G.A. Baas, the Visionary and Vista captains Milos Laskovich and Henk Schoustra, Avalon executives as well as agents and media from the U.S., Australia, Canada and the U.K., witnessed the christening of the two Panorama ships docked on either side of the pier, while a band entertained the crowd.
Each ship has two decks of Panorama Suites, that feature a glass wall that opens to the sights and sounds of the countryside, cities and towns as guests travel, without losing any stateroom space or the comfort of stateroom amenities. Avalon put a substantial investment into sound proofing the staterooms, and the beds and bathrooms drew very strong approval from agents; the largest suites are not over filled with furniture, and are filled with light. The ships’ club, main lounge and dining room have sweeping views and each has a Sky Deck, a fun pool and an open-air bistro for grilled lunches. Avalon has expanded the fitness rooms, which saw a lot of use on the introductory cruise.
After the christening, the Avalon Visionary immediately started its Rhine River cruise schedule with the eight-day Romantic Rhine cruise (starting at $1,849). It will also sail several Christmas cruises. The Avalon Vista will sail the 11-day Legendary Danube cruise (starting at $1,839) and the 13-day Blue Danube Discovery (priced from $2,249) as well as the 15-day Magnificent Europe itinerary.
Avalon Visionary is introducing the Panorama suite design to the Rhine this year, sailing the eight-day Romantic Rhine cruise (starting at $1,849) as well as several holiday cruises. Avalon Vista is sailing the 11-day Legendary Danube cruise (starting at $1,839) and 13-day Blue Danube Discovery (priced from $2,249) as well as the 15-day Magnificent Europe vacation.