|Globus Australasia MD Stewart Williams, |
Deborah Hutton and Avalon Waterways MD Patrick Clark
at the new ship's launch.
Photo: Avalon Waterways
Australian television personality Deborah Hutton has launched Avalon Waterways’ newest river cruise ship Avalon Illumination at a ceremony in Vienna. Christened in on the banks of the Danube on June 3, Illumination is the third addition to Avalon’s European fleet this year.
The 83-cabin Illumination is the eighth vessel introduced by Avalon since its successful Suite Ship concept made its debut three years ago with the launch of Avalon Panorama. Designed with Australasian travellers in mind, the Suite Ships form part of the most modern river cruise fleet in Europe and claim to offer 30 per cent more cabin space than the average competitor.
Each has two decks of all-suite accommodation and 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.
Next year Avalon will introduce another two Suite Ships – Avalon Tapestry II and Avalon Tranquility II – giving it a total of 10 Suite Ships in an overall European fleet of 15 vessels.