River cruising appeals strongly to baby boomers and matures. That said, a wide range of people river cruise. Some river cruise companies have family-friendly sailings for people traveling with children. The introduction of bikes on board is also enticing younger cruisers. There is a wide range of nationalities on board, generally from English-speaking countries, including from the U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
Avalon Panorama - River Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews
To be launched in 2011, the 443-foot long Avalon Panorama is Avalon Waterways’ newest and arguably most impressive vessel. Designed to raise the stakes in the highly-competitive river cruise market, Avalon Panorama has been dubbed a “Suite Ship,” and as such, features two decks of suites with wall-to-wall panoramic windows that are capable of transforming into what the line calls an Open Air Balcony.
Like her sisters, Avalon Panorama offers a host of amenities designed to ensure your stay aboard her is pleasurable. Throughout the ship you’ll find wall-to-wall panoramic windows so you never miss the incredible scenery passing by. The ship is also fully equipped with Wi-Fi access and a dedicated Internet center, as well as a fitness center, and an outside viewing deck, the Sky Deck featuring premium lounge chairs.
Avalon Panorama River Cruisers Should Know
♦ Avalon Panorama’s interior is non-smoking.
♦ Headsets are available for guests on guided shore excursions.
♦ Room service, including continental breakfast, is available.
♦ Avalon Panorama has a dedicated cruise director and onboard lecturers, as well as nightly entertainment.
Year Built 2011 ♦
Country of Registry Germany ♦
Length 443 ft - 135 m ♦
Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 166 ♦
Passenger Decks 4 ♦
Officers and Crew 47 ♦
Officer's Nationality European ♦
Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality European
There are five different categories of cabins aboard Avalon Panorama. All cabins have a number of amenities, including nightly turn-down service, spacious three-door closets, flat-screen TV with movie channels, bathrobes and slippers, complimentary bottled water, and L’Occitane toiletries. Cabins are all double occupancy, with no 3rd and 4th person beds.
Located on Indigo Deck, Category D and E staterooms measure 172 square feet, and feature two windows located near the top of the stateroom. They also feature a full bathroom complete with a glass door enclosed shower, a writing desk, vanity, and of Avalon’s deluxe beds with premium mattress covers, Egyptian linens, European-style duvets, and a choice of firm or soft pillows.
Categories A, B and P measure 200 square feet, and are located on the Sapphire and Royal decks. These “Panorama Suites” feature wall-to-wall windows that retract to create an open-air balcony. The suites feature all the amenities of the above categories but with the addition of a coffee table and sitting area.
At the top end of the scale are Avalon Panorama’s 300-square foot Royal Suites. Located side-by-side on Royal Deck, these suites pull out all the stops, featuring all the amenities of the previous categories but with more space, larger sitting areas, and segmented bathrooms that feature separate toilets, showers, and vanity areas with dual sinks.
Total Cabins 83 ♦
Suites 2 ♦
Riverview 64 ♦
Limited view (category D and E) 17 ♦
All cabins except category E have a French style mini-balcony
Luxury Bedding ♦
TV with Movie Channels ♦
Bathrobes and Slippers ♦
Complimentary Bottled Water ♦
Private Safe ♦
Alarm Clock ♦
Traditional Single Seating Dining in the restaurant ♦
Complimentary Regional Wines, Beer or Soft Drinks with Dinner ♦
Complimentary Soft Drinks with Lunch ♦
Open Air Bistro on Sky Deck ♦
24 Hour Room Service Available
Bars and Lounges ♦
Onboard Lectures ♦
Nightly Light Entertainment
Activities and Sports
Sightseeing with Local Guides Included ♦
Spa and Wellness
Other Facilities and Services
Sundry Shop ♦
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦
Business Center Services