Avalon Waterways announces three more suite ships

Savings of $1000 per couple with 2014 Preview Brochure

Avalon Waterways has stepped up the expansion of its successful Suite Ship concept, announcing three new luxury vessels to enter service in 2014.

The new ships will join what is already the most modern river cruise fleet in Europe and represent Avalon’s biggest single fleet upgrade since its inception.

Details are revealed in Avalon’s newly released 2014 Preview Brochure, along with generous group discounts and earlybird savings of up to $1000 per couple. 

Avalon Waterways Marketing Manager Australasia Christian Schweitzer said the 2014 group discounts were the most generous Avalon had offered, including both a $1000 per couple saving on dozens of departures and free travel for one in every 10 passengers.

“The group discounts provide a big incentive for friends and clubs to travel together and provide an excellent opportunity for travel agencies to develop their groups market,” Mr Schweitzer said. “Avalon provides an additional two per cent commission for group bookings and offers refundable deposits to allow agents great flexibility.”

With the launch its new ships – Avalon Impression, Avalon Illumination and Avalon Poetry II – Avalon will offer eight Suite Ships in an overall European fleet of 13 modern vessels. Their launch will follow this year’s debut of Avalon Artistry II and Avalon Expression in April and May.

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 Suite Ship has two entire 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. 

Avalon’s new 2014 Preview brochure details 26 of its most popular river cruise itineraries on the great waterways of Europe, including the Rhine, Danube, Moselle, Main, Rhône and Seine rivers.

An earlybird discount of $1000 per couple applies to more than 60 departures throughout the 2014 season, available until the release of Avalon’s main 2014 brochure in coming months.  All other 2014 European cruises are available with a discount of $500 per couple.

Plus, travellers who book now will be able to lock-in the best possible fares before prices are set for the season with the release of the main 2014 brochure.

Cruises in the Preview Brochure are priced from $1401* per person twin share (including discount) for the eight-day A Taste of the Danube itinerary between Budapest and Vienna.  Other popular itineraries include the eight-day Romantic Rhine between Zurich and Amsterdam (from $1676*) and the 11-day Burgundy & Provence between the Côte d’Azur and Paris (from $2803*).

Two of Avalon’s existing ships, Avalon Tranquility and Avalon Imagery, will leave the fleet at the end of 2013 as part of Avalon’s commitment to maintain the youngest fleet in Europe. 

*Prices subject to availability and conditions. Group offers for bookings of eight or more.

Source = Avalon Waterways
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