Avalon Waterways' Suite Ship Avalon Passion docked in Budapest.

Launched in April this year in the Austrian city of Linz, the newest member of the popular Avalon Waterways Suite Ship fleet took to the Rhine-Main-Danube river channel to great fanfare as more opportunities for more travellers to enjoy the concept were brought to life.

Now boasting 12 Suite Ships in its fleet of 16 in Europe (excluding Asia), the highlights you’ll find on Avalon Passion begin with 83 revolutionary suites, which make up two entire decks and each feature the line’s famous panoramic window design which sees the beds face the river, making for an eternally changing view as you wake each morning.

Designing its cabins in such a way has seen Avalon boast a 30% increase in cabin space. By doing away with a dedicated balcony space and bringing the edge of the cabin all the way to the edge of the ship, travellers can open this three-segment sliding door and take up residency in one of the two “balcony” chairs which sit directly beside the railing. Avalon claims this effectively makes it possible to turn the entire cabin into an open-air balcony or to create a private sitting room by sliding the doors closed again.

The 18 square metres each suite offers sees the aforementioned beds facing the window rather than the wall or mirror in front, a flat-screen television, free wi-fi throughout the cruise, Egyptian cotton thread linens and bathroom with L’Occitane products. Public spaces on the ship include a very spacious lounge with bar and library, outdoor observation lounge at the front of the vessel, Sky Deck with lounge chairs and a small hot tub pool.

These panoramic suites came about following feedback from Avalon Waterways’ Australian and New Zealand guests and has resulted in them becoming overwhelmingly popular with travellers from all around the world. During a recent visit to Budapest, Cruise Advice was invited to go aboard Avalon Passion for a look around.