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  • Melanie Gravdal | March 22, 2016 9:00 PM ET

    Avalon Waterways: Looking Out for the Way You Look Out

    Avalon Waterways: Looking Out for the Way You Look Out

    PHOTO: A room with a view, only on Avalon. (Courtesy Avalon Waterways)

    Avalon Waterways is inviting travelers to experience the views they deserve when sailing the rivers of Europe.  Because unlike other cruise ships, Avalon Waterways has designed its staterooms so beds face the windows – and the incredible sights river cruising is famous four.  In fact, on two full decks of every Suite Ship in Europe and Southeast Asia, travelers are invited to take in a unique point-of-view: One where the view is the whole point.

    Recently, Avalon Waterways unveiled a series of videos to help travelers SEE for themselves, the Avalon Difference.

    In the average cruise cabin, the view from the bed never changes.  Travelers are looking at the same scene throughout their voyage: The wall.  Avalon has done something completely unique.  The company turned its beds so they face out giant windows.  To do this, they angled the wall behind the bed – a design innovation that provided two additional benefits.  It opened up each stateroom and bathroom, exclusively giving Avalon travelers more space and better views.

    In terms of space, at 200-square-feet, Avalon’s Panorama Suites are 30 percent larger than the average stateroom.  In fact, the smallest stateroom in the Avalon fleet is 172-square-feet.

    Avalon also takes a different approach to the typical balcony.  Instead of providing travelers with a traditional balcony, Avalon Waterways’ Suite Ships offer two full decks of suites with Open-Air Balconies: Floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows that open 7-feet wide.

    With a focus on bringing the beauty of Europe or Southeast Asia inside, Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies offer our travelers a fresh air, panoramic cruising experience complete with epic views.  And when each room’s wall-to-wall panoramic window is closed, the Open-Air Balcony is transformed into a light, inviting and inspirationally designed sitting room that’s perfect for relaxing, reading a book or taking pleasure in a romantic dinner.  Avalon’s Open-Air Balcony can be enjoyed any hour of the day, year round, adding considerable comfort to the overall guest experience.

    The company will unveil its unique point-of-view via television advertising in September and October.


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Melanie Gravdal River Cruising From a Unique Point of View

Melanie Gravdal Obsessed with all-things culture - from entertainment and the arts to customs and cuisine - Melanie Gravdal loves to travel, to see and experience new things, new people and new places that broaden her horizon and view on life. And, for the last two decades, Melanie has made traveling the world a central theme in her career as a communications professional. Working with travel and lifestyle professionals from around the globe, she provides public relations counsel and support ranging from strategic storytelling and branding messaging to pavement-pounding street marketing and special events. Originally from Iowa, Melanie now calls Southern California her home.
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