Avalon Waterways is set to introduce its newest river cruise ship, Avalon Affinity, on May 9 in Europe. The ship is the second of five new ships planned between 2008 and 2010.
Suzanne Hall, senior director at Ensemble Travel Group, will serve as the ship's godmother and is the first American to christen an Avalon Waterways' ship.
"In five short years Avalon has established itself as a major European
river cruise operator," said Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon
Waterways. "Our ships are more modern in design, showcasing
contemporary appointments and state-of-the art technology. They also
house the largest staterooms available. All staterooms measure
172-square feet and 90 percent boast floor-to-ceiling windows and
panoramic sliding glass doors, while our Junior Suites are a spacious
After the festivities, Avalon Affinity will sail eight itineraries in 2009: The first, already sold out, is the new Windmills, Vineyards & Paris itinerary, departing on May 11th from Amsterdam and visiting France, Luxembourg, Germany and Belgium.
Guests can book Avalon Affinity during its inaugural year and receive free companion air on all Avalon Waterways air-inclusive, 2009 Europe itineraries (or 50 percent off air for single travelers) for vacations booked before April 21, 2009.
Visit www.avalonwaterways.com/difference for a virtual tour of the Avalon Affinity’s sister ship, the Avalon Scenery.