Travel Bulletin - - RIVER CRUISING -

AVALON Wa­ter­ways has added two more Suite Ships to its fleet in Europe this sea­son, with the new Avalon Pas­sion now sail­ing on the Danube and the Avalon Im­agery II on the Rhine River. Jill El­lis, head coach of the US Women’s Na­tional Soc­cer Team is the god­mother of the 83-cabin Pas­sion, chris­ten­ing the ves­sel in a cer­e­mony in the Aus­trian city of Linz. Avalon Wa­ter­ways man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Pa­trick Clark said El­lis was cho­sen be­cause she “epit­o­mises how pas­sion cou­pled with hard work can make dreams come true”.

The Im­agery II de­buted in the Ger­man city of Engers in an event at­tended by the Globus Fam­ily of Brands team from Aus­tralia and New Zealand along with more than 70 Kiwi travel in­dus­try guests. The ship’s god­mother is New Zealand broad­caster Judy Bai­ley, who fronted the coun­try’s prime time news for more than 26 years. Bai­ley is pic­tured with Pa­trick Clark, the ship’s cap­tain Nico van den Boom, Globus GM New Zealand Troy Ack­er­man and Globus man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Aus­trala­sia, Ste­wart Wil­liams. The two new­builds take Avalon to a to­tal of 16 ves­sels in Europe, 12 of them util­is­ing the Suite Ship con­cept which of­fers two full decks of all-suite ac­com­mo­da­tion.

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