Avalon Waterways: The Two New Ships

The two newest Suite Ships to come to the Avalon Waterways fleet are the Avalon Expression and the Avalon Artistry II. What will set these ships apart from most others in the cruising scene isn’t only the simple fact that they aren’t even available for itineraries yet, but also the suite feel of the entire stay on one of these ships. Most of the cabins on these ships are suites and the few staterooms that are available are the size of suites on some other ships and even have windows that view the ocean. The remaining cabins, the suites, all have balconies with room for seating up to 6 on the oceanside for the breezes and scenery that can put even the stressed at ease. Both ships described below may seem to differ in size, but will both have the same dining options, staterooms, and features and will both provide a sense of spaciousness, relaxation and fun that come very familiarly to all Suite Ships by Avalon Waterways.


Avalon Expression

Year to be Built: 2013

Ship Length: 443 ft.

Suites: 66

Staterooms: 17

Avalon Artistry II

Year to be Built: 2013

Ship Length: 361 ft.

Suites: 52

Staterooms: 12

Avalon Waterways River Cruises

Dining

While the typical dining section in one of our hubs gives a list of different restaurants and dining options available to guests on the ships, this one will give a more broad list of ways to get grub on these two ships due to smaller ship size.

The dining options aboard the Avalon Expression and Avalon Artistry II include the following:

· Captain’s reception with canapés and sparkling wine

· Complimentary welcome dinner

· Farewell five-course dinner

· Open-seating, spacious dining room

· Daily early-riser and late-riser breakfasts

· Buffet breakfast and omelet station with low fat/calorie/cholesterol and high energy foods

· Lunch buffet with pasta and carving stations

· Open-Air Bistro

· Four-course dinners with options of appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, and desserts or cheese

· 10:30 Night fare

· Room service

· Panorama Bistro

· Sample tastings

Cabins

While the Avalon Expression may be larger by almost 100 ft. and have almost 20 more staterooms/suites than the Avalon Artistry II, both ships have the same types of stateroom and suites.

Avalon Deluxe Stateroom

A 172 sq. ft. room with two windows, a writing desk, queen size bed convertible to two twin size beds, and full size bathroom with a shower with a glass door.

Additional Amenities:

· Beds with memory foam comforters

· Egyptian cotton linens

· European-styled duvets

· Pillow choices (soft or firm)

· Extra blankets

· Turn-down service every night

· Flat screen TV with movie channels

· Safe

· Wi-Fi

Much more

Panorama Suite

A 200 sq. ft. room with panoramic windows, a balcony with a six person seating area, full bathroom including a shower with a glass door, a writing desk, sofa, and coffee table.

Additional Amenities:

· Beds with memory foam comforters

· Egyptian cotton linens

· European-styled duvets

· Pillow choices (soft or firm)

· Extra blankets

· Turn-down service every night

· Flat screen TV with movie channels

· Safe

· Wi-Fi

· Much more

Royal Suite

A 300 sq. ft. suite with panoramic windows, a balcony with a six person seating area, full bathroom with a shower with a glass door, double sinks, coffee table, sofa, and a larger living room.

Additional Amenities:

· All Amenities of Panorama Suites and Avalon Deluxe Staterooms

· Additional bath amenities

· Spacious 3-door closets w/ ample storage shelves

· Marble bathroom countertops

· Complimentary iPad use

Sky Deck

Onboard a small ship, it is very common to find plenty of activity opportunities and relaxation points all in the same place. A good example of this on the Avalon Expression and Avalon Artistry II ships is the Sky Deck. The reason this is such a good example is that the Sky Deck has a great area that is dedicated to just relaxation. The relaxation portion is complete with shaded awnings, premium lounge chairs, and Sky Deck Whirlpool.

Also on the Sky Deck is the Sky Deck Game Area, an area for fun and entertainment alike, and the same Sky Deck Grill that can be found on almost every Avalon River Cruise Ship. Here passengers can find a nice variety of ship-top foods to snack on while continuing a fun day on the river.

2013 Cruises

2013 Avalon Expression Cruises

Danube River in Passau, Germany
Danube River in Passau, Germany

There are four main itineraries that the Avalon Expression will embark on in 2013: The Legendary Danube from Prague to Budapest , The Blue Danube Discovery from Budapest to Prague , Magnificent Europe from Budapest to Amsterdam , and Magnificent Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest .

On The 11 day Legendary Danube from Prague to Budapest cruise, guests will sightsee in Prague, Czech Republic before embarking on the cruise in Nuremburg, Germany where they will cruise along the Danube through ports like Regensburg, Germany; Passau, Germany; Linz, Austria; Melk, Vienna; and finally Budapest, Hungary.

The Blue Danube Discovery from Budapest to Prague cruise is the opposite of The Legendary Danube from Prague to Budapest cruise with embarking in Budapest, Hungary and cruising back through the following ports (some ports may differ): Vienna, Austria; Durnstein, Austria; Melk, Austria; Linz, Austria; Passau, Germany; Regensburg, Germany; and Nuremburg, Germany with a final stay in Prague, Czech Republic over a period of 13 days.

The 15 day Magnificent Europe from Budapest to Amsterdam cruise begins with a day and a half in Budapest, Hungary before embarkation. Once cruising the Danube, the ship will visit a decent number of ports like Bratislava, Slovakia; Vienna, Austria; Durnstein, Austria; Melk, Austria; Regensburg, Germany; Nuremburg, Germany; Bamberg, Germany; Wurzburg, Germany; Miltenberg, Germany; Rudesheim, Germany; Cologne, Germany; and finally Amsterdam, Holland.

The final announced itinerary for the Avalon Expression Suite Ship is the 15 day Magnificent Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest which is basically the opposite of the previous cruise. This cruise will visit almost exactly the same ports as Magnificent Europe from Budapest to Amsterdam , except in the opposite direction; it starts in Amsterdam, Holland and cruises though Cologne, Germany; Rudesheim, Germany; Miltenberg, Germany; Wurzburg, Germany; Bamberg, Germany; Nuremberg, Germany; Regensburg, Germany; Passau, Germany; Linz, Austria; Melk, Austria; Durnstein, Austria; Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; and finally Budapest, Hungary over a period of 15 days.

2013 Avalon Artistry II Cruises

Bridge over the Rhine River in Germany
Bridge over the Rhine River in Germany

So far, the two Avalon Artistry II itineraries that have been announced for 2013 are the Romantic Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel and Romantic Rhine from Zurich to Amsterdam.

The 8 day Romantic Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel cruise will begin with a short stay in Amsterdam, Holland with an eventual embarkation and visit of Cologne, Germany; Koblenz, Germany; Rudesheim, Germany; Mainz, Germany; an excursion to Heidelberg, Germany; Strasbourg, France; Breisach, Germany; an excursion to the Black Forest, Germany; and finally a disembarkation in Basel, Switzerland over the 8 day period.

The second of the Avalon Artistry II’s itineraries, the Romantic Rhine from Zurich to Amsterdam, cruise is very similar to the first, only differing by an opposite direction along the same river. Starting in Zurich, Switzerland, but embarking from Basel, the ship will visit Strasbourg, France; have an excursion in Heidelberg, Germany; visit Mainz, Germany; Rudesheim, Germany; Koblenz, Germany; Cologne, Germany; and end in Amsterdam, Holland over the cruise’s 8 day duration.

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Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

Hi AtlasSue!

I love your cruise hubs. Every time I read one I get the urge to go on a cruise again. I have never done a river cruise. We love being out on the ocean so much, but maybe we will try a river cruise in Europe at some point. I am sharing this on Facebook so all my cruising friends can see it. I love how you include pictures of the inside of the ship and rooms in your hubs. it helps the rest of us get a feel for the ship you are talking about. Voted up, useful and awesome!


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AtlasSue 4 years ago Author

Thank you Karen! I could write about cruising all day :) Like you, my preference is certainly ocean cruising but for seeing Central Europe a river cruise is amazing. The Danube river was considered the international highway during the reign of the Roman Empire so you will find remarkable bridges and castles along the way. It's also wonderful that each morning you are in a new port and right in the city center, so you can just walk off the boat and you are ready to go. Excursions are also included in your prices which saves a lot of money in Europe, and you get to spend more time in each city. The down side is that there is not a whole lot to do in the evenings.


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Taranwanderer 19 months ago

Awesome images - def gotta go with the panoramic suite if the whole family goes. I prefer a more personal space though if it's just me - for a real cabin cruise experience.

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