Cruise Critic Rewards Avalon Waterways

LITTLETON, Colorado – October 5, 2015

Cruise Critic – the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community – announced the winners of its 8th annual Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards. Editors chose Avalon Waterways’ Panorama Suites as the “Best Cabins” in river cruising.

Cruise Critic cited Avalon’s ingenuity in design as its inspiration for the award stating, “With wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, slide-open windows, the Panoramic Suites on Avalon’s ships feel much bigger than those on other vessels. Other innovation: While other cruise lines position beds to face the walls, Avalon’s look out onto the river so you can admire the scenery from under the covers.”

On the heels of revealing its “Great Views Event,” where Avalon Waterways features its unique point-of-view … one where the view is the whole point … in a new video campaign, this award is particularly meaningful.

“In the average cruise cabin, the view from the bed never changes. Travelers are looking at the same scene throughout their voyage: The wall,” said Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “We had a better idea. We turned our beds so they face out giant windows. To do this, we 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.

Cruise Critic Awards Aralon Panorama Suites Artistry II
Open-Air Balcony Artistry II

“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, in every weather condition, without compromising room space,” said Clark. “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.“

2016 “Great Views” Event Deal: Travelers who appreciate a great view and want to see for themselves the “best cabins” in river cruising can enjoy savings of up to $1,500/couple on Avalon Waterways’ Europe river cruises. Bookings must be made between now and 11.10.15. For more information, visit

Read Miles Geek Editor Kathy Stafford’s review of her June 2015 cruise with Avalon Waterways starting with Day 1 of the Highlights of Germany Cruise. For a description of the cabin check out her review of the Artistry II.

Kathy Stafford
Kathy Stafford

Kathy Stafford is a writer, publisher and editor. She was a contributing author to "Sasha Cohen Fire on Ice". She has been a contributing editor to several publications including, "Discover Balboa Park: A Complete Guide". Kathy was publisher and editor of "Skating Sketches", reporting on figure skating worldwide, for over ten years. She was a credentialed journalist as a figure skating specialist for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. She has covered international skating events in Switzerland, France, Finland, England, Canada and the United States with published articles in Canada, Japan, and the United States. Although she never accepted an assignment, she was on the list of approved Lonely Planet authors for three years. She is currently combining her love of travel, and her background as a writer and editor, as a publisher and author of travel related journalism. In addition, she blogs about her search for her family roots at

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