Avalon Waterways UK has launched its first dedicated Asia brochure featuring the rivers Mekong and Irrawaddy with departures available up to April 2017.
The launch of the new brochure coincides with the first sailing of Avalon’s new Suite ship, the Avalon Myanmar (Irrawaddy) and joins sister ship, ‘Avalon Siem Reap’ (Mekong) started service in January.
Built by local craftsmen, both Suite Ships have a passenger capacity of 36. All staterooms are sized at a spacious 245 square feet (larger than the European Avalon Suite Ships) and feature a wall-to-wall panoramic window measuring 14-feet wide which opens to transform the living space into a large open air balcony, a large bathroom, spacious storage space and Comfort Collection beds.
The new ships have been designed to sail to places on the rivers not currently available with other cruise companies, Avalon said in a statement.
Avalon Myanmar will sail further north on the spectacular Upper Northern Irrawaddy and Avalon Siem Reap sails into Ho Chi Minh City harbour eliminating over seven hours of coach travel.
David Binns, Avalon UK’s GM commented: “The Asia Suite Ships feature a similar high specification design as our European Suite Ships with spacious suites to include full sized bathrooms and a colonial feel to reflect the environment.
“For 2016, we are offering agents the flexibility of booking cruise only for any of our Asia or Amazon cruises so that they can either source flights themselves or we can provide an inclusive package quote, the choice is theirs.”
Other Asian and South American Avalon river cruises include the Yangtze in China, the Amazon in Brazil as well as small ship coastal cruising around the Galapagos Islands.