Diana Gabaldon Christens the Avalon Tapestry II

Two New Suite Ships on Europe’s Rivers

April 6, 2015

Tranquility 2 Christened!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                        

Contact: Melanie Gravdal


STRASBOURG, France – April 6, 2015 – It was sunny smiles all round in historic Strasbourg, France on April 2, as Avalon Waterways’ christened its tenth Suite Ship. Acting as the ship’s godmother was famed Canadian singer and broadcaster Jann Arden.

Joined by senior Avalon Waterways personnel, executives from the Canadian travel industry and members of the media, Arden said: “On this most auspicious day, I stand here among all of you, extremely humbled and grateful for this wonderful opportunity to be a small part of the launch of this glorious vessel and sending her off on her nautical journey.  May she navigate the rivers safely and soundly, boldly bringing joy to every soul she meets. I now, proudly, christen this ship: Avalon Tranquility II.”

After giving her blessing, Arden cut the rope tethered to a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne, releasing it against the new ship’s bow with a smash: The highlight of any ship christening. Onlookers included Avalon Waterways managing director Patrick Clark and managing director for Canada, Stéphanie Bishop.

Champagne bottle safely broken, Arden said “It felt like winning a lifetime achievement award – so surreal and so humbling.” Alberta-born Arden has released 12 albums with19 top ten singles, is an eight-time Juno award winner and a proud recipient of a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. She is also an author and broadcaster of note.

Now that she has been officially christened, the 110 meter, 128 passenger Tranquility II will commence sailing itineraries through Holland, France, Germany and Switzerland.

About Avalon’s Suite Ships:

“With two full decks of suites, nothing showcases the best of river cruising like our Suite Ships,” said Patrick Clark managing director of Avalon Waterways.    “Each suite has been thoughtfully designed to enhance the European cruise experience.  From bed and bathroom positioning to storage and sound-proof insulation, we provide cruisers a renewed feeling of freedom, space and comfort not found with other cruise lines.”

The suites on the Avalon Tranquility II features a large seating area adjacent to a Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window.  When opened, this 10’ x 7’ floor-to-ceiling window transforms the entire suite into the category’s only Open-Air BalconySM. With a focus on bringing the beauty of Europe inside, Avalon’s Open-Air Balconies can be enjoyed any hour of the day, all year, adding comfort to the overall guest experience.  Mirroring the on board cruise experience found on all of Avalon’s ships, the Suite Ships also feature a club, main lounge and dining room with sweeping views, hair salon, Sky Deck whirlpool and Open-Air Bistro for outdoor, grilled lunches.  In addition, the fitness rooms aboard the Suite Ships of Avalon, feature additional equipment and room to renew.

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Since we launched our very first ship in 2004, Avalon Waterways has invited you – our traveler – to be our muse. Thanks to you, we let imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space, be our guide. The result? An incomparable river cruise experience, including one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites℠ – with innovative Open-Air Balconies® – on the industry’s only Suite Ships®: Unequaled vessels that feature two full decks of 200- and 300-square-foot suites. And on the spectacular ships of Avalon, “included” is one of our favorite words. Spacious outside staterooms with plenty of room to relax – included. Special touches like regional wines and beer at every onboard dinner – included. Complimentary Wi-Fi – included. The most shore excursions, led by Certified Local Guides – included. VIP entrance into must-see sites – included. Unique Local FavoritesSM designed to bring your destination to life – included. In addition to everything that is included, we also give you the freedom of Avalon Choice® – a different approach to river cruising that invites travelers to personalize their trip.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic mini-break, an in-depth 24-day exploration or something in between, with Avalon Waterways, you can choose the river cruise that reveals the very best of Europe, Asia or South America– your way!
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