Avalon Waterways christened two more of its Suite Ship class of river cruise vessels in Dordrecht, Netherlands, last month.

The 128-passenger Avalon Poetry II and the 166-passenger Avalon Impression were christened on March 22 by Katherine Grainger, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist in rowing, and J. Mara DelliPriscoli, president of Travel Learning Connections and founder of the Educational Travel Conference, respectively.

Together with the 166-passenger Avalon Illumination, scheduled to be christened in June by Australian celebrity Deborah Hutton, the three vessels will bring Avalon’s Suite Ship total to eight and will add nearly 10% capacity to the Avalon fleet in Europe.

Both the Avalon Poetry II and the Avalon Impression will sail through the Holland waterways and along the Danube River.

As with all Avalon Suite Ships, the cabins on the two upper decks feature a sliding glass door that when opened transforms the room into an open-air balcony concept. The bathrooms have marble details.  

There is also a club room, main lounge, dining room, hair salon, fitness room, sky deck whirlpool and bistro for outdoor, grilled lunches.

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