Australian television personality Deborah Hutton christened Avalon Waterways’ newest river cruise ship – the Avalon Illumination – at a ceremony in Vienna. Christened in classical Viennese style on the banks of the Danube, the Illumination is the third Suite Ship addition to Avalon’s European fleet this year.
“May all who sail on this splendid vessel enjoy their voyage and take home with them the joy and enrichment of a shared journey,” Deborah said as she launched the ship. “May she enjoy the warm and familiar welcome of the ports, towns and cities she visits along Europe’s greatest rivers.”
Jointly hosted by the Vienna Tourist Board, Illumination’s launch was conducted with high Austrian pageantry, featuring classical musicians. The event was attended by media and travel industry leaders from Australia, New Zealand and the US, as well as Austrian dignitaries and tourism officials.
The 83-cabin Illumination is the eighth Suite Ship introduced by Avalon since its successful Suite Ship concept made its debut three years ago with the launch of Avalon Panorama.
Designed with North American and Australian travelers in mind, the Suite Ships form part of the most modern river cruise fleet in Europe and offer 30 percent more cabin space than the average river cruise stateroom. In addition, 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.