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Time To Try A River Cruise!

Avalon Waterways has just launched the Avalon Panorama. With the arrival of this ship, and the announcement of 2 more ships in 2012 Avalon is keeping a firm hold on their claim to the youngest fleet on the rivers.

The Avalon fleet has always had some of the largest cabins on the rivers, with their smallest cabins at 172 square feet. The Avalon Panorama, soon to be followed by the Avalon Visionary and the Avalon Vista are the “suitest” ships in river cruising. Almost 75% of the cabins are suites including 2 Royal Suites on each ship. Panorama suites are 200 square feet and include wall to wall windows.

For anyone unfamiliar with river cruising, you will be traveling on ships of 60 to 80 cabins. Most cabins are outside cabins, giving you incredible, and close up, views of the towns you will be visiting.

River cruising allows you to be closer to the sights, sounds and tastes of Europe, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt. As you travel from town to town you are immersed in the local culture.

One of the main selling points of river cruising has always been its “inclusivity” – is that a word?? You are treated to complimentary regional wines and beers with your dinner and most of your shore excursions are included in the cruise fare. Many of the cruises include pre or post cruise nights in a hotel. On an Avalon ship there is sparkling wine with breakfast, complimentary cappuccino and lattes and in 2012 Avalon will also offer complimentary Wi Fi on their ships.

Want to learn a bit more about river cruising? Take a look at this video – and enjoy!!


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