Avalon Expands Exotic Offerings in Asia

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March 3, 2015

Avalon Siem Reap Sets Sail

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Contact:     Melanie Gravdal





LITTLETON, Colorado – MARCH 3, 2015 – A journey on one of Asia’s great rivers offers a tapestry of fascinating sights, colorful cultures and ancient traditions. A journey with Avalon Waterways gets travelers closer to all the must-see sights and introduces them to the locals and their way of life. And now, travelers have the opportunity to live the “suite life” in Asia. For the first time, Avalon Waterways has introduced a NEW, 36-guest Suite Ship® on the Mekong River.

“Our wildly popular Suite Ship design is taking on Southeast Asia, sailing through Vietnam and Cambodia,” said Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “This new, intimate ship which holds only 36 travelers, paired with our immersive Local Favorites℠ program – including such delights as a traditional water blessing and Vietnamese cooking class – were designed to spotlight the unique stories along the Mekong; inspiring an unparalleled Asia vacation.”

The Avalon Siem Reap and its crew invite travelers to truly engage with and experience the local culture and revel in the unique sights and sounds found along the Mekong River. Built by local craftsman, the ship reflects the character, symbols and traditions of the areas through which it sails while also offering travelers the modern features they expect and enjoy.

On this new Suite Ship, travelers are welcomed by 18 well-appointed Avalon Suites with 245-square-feet of living space. And, while other ships may offer guests tiny balconies, the Avalon Siem Reap introduces travelers in Asia to Avalon’s innovative, signature Open-Air Balconies® featuring floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall panoramic windows measuring 14-feet-wide and doors that slide open a full 9-feet, creating the feeling of sitting outside.

In front of each Open-Air Balcony is a private sitting area, complete with love seat, chairs and table. And facing the passing views is Avalon’s Comfort Collection BedsSM, inviting travelers to relax and enjoy every moment of cruising past the fascinating scenes of daily life on the Mekong.

“This Suite Ship mirrors the experience found on our Suite Ships in Europe. But, perhaps as important as the attention to detail and appointments found on this ship is its overall size,” says Clark. “Featuring only 18 suites, this vessel was designed to traverse more of the Mekong River, providing travelers the chance to enjoy more of Asia. The Avalon Siam Reap is the only ship in the industry cruising all the way from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap (or vice versa), as water levels allow. And when sailing into the Ho Chi Minh harbor, Avalon guests are just minutes away from their deluxe hotel accommodations.”

DEAL ALERT: For those travelers interested in sailing the Mekong in 2015, Avalon Waterways is offering BIG deals, including $299 air and savings of up to $2,000/couple on select departures. For 2016, the company is offering savings of 10 percent off.

For more information, visit AvalonWaterways.com and “like” us on Facebook. Agents should visit GlobusFamilyPartner.com for booking details and promotions.

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Award-winning Avalon Waterways offers travelers the youngest, most innovative fleet of ships in Europe, China, Southeast Asia, South America and the United States. Our travelers have inspired us to utilize nearly 85 years of travel expertise to design the best river cruise experience possible. We’ve taken everything special about river cruising and made it even better—down to the last detail. Our views are panoramic and spaces large and inviting; comfort is king and dining both personal and flexible. And, thanks to our partnership with Globus, our itineraries are legendary. By design, Avalon cruisers are privy to all-inclusive access to a destination, including guided sightseeing in every port, VIP entry into key destinations and unparalleled cultural immersion and storytelling thanks to highly skilled Cruise and Tour Directors.  In addition to countless trade accolades, Avalon Waterways has garnered some of the industry’s most prestigious honors: Among them, the river cruise company was voted the Best River Cruise Line in 2010 by Cruise Critic editors, among the top 5 river cruise lines in Travel + Leisure’s 2011, 2012 and 2013 World’s Best Awards and Condė Nast Traveler’s 2011 and 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards; the river cruse line was also chosen as the “Best Value in River Cruising” by Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel. Avalon Waterways is part of the Globus family of brands.
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