The cruise industry is continually topping itself, introducing new ships with features designed to increase guests’ comfort and enjoyment.
One of 2011's new ships is the Avalon Panorama, which sets a new standard for European river cruise ships. Avalon calls the Panorama a "suite ship.” It has two decks of suites with wall-to-wall windows that, when open, give the sitting area the feel of a large, open-air balcony. Each suite is 200 square feet, almost one-third larger than the industry standard.
The ship also offers amenities, such as an Internet Corner with Wi-Fi access, a library, a spacious Sky Deck with a shade system, a heated whirlpool and an open-air restaurant. In each suite, you’ll find an elegant marble bath, a flat-screen television and fresh flowers. The Panorama is began its run by sailing 14-night, Amsterdam-Budapest itineraries, stopping in Vienna on the way.
Avalon will introduce two more "suite ships” – the Vista and the Visionary – in 2012.
Learn more about river cruising here.