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Illumination

The Illumination's two full decks of suites feature Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. Cruise along the legendary Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers, enjoying fresh breezes and enchanting scenery from the comfort of your suite.

    • 443

    • Length
    • 2014

    • Built Year
    • 47

    • Crew
    • 140

    • Pax Capacity
    • 2

    • Suites

Sailings

Sail Date Operator Ship Departs Returns Length Price
Sep 27, 2021Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$4,428
Sep 29, 2021Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationMunichBudapest8$3,899
Oct 06, 2021Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$4,328
Oct 06, 2021Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestBerlin12$4,927
Oct 06, 2021Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich8$3,799
Oct 18, 2021Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague12$3,917
Oct 18, 2021Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestNuremberg10$3,388
Oct 20, 2021Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestNuremberg8$2,899
Oct 20, 2021Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,428
Nov 25, 2021Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestVienna8$1,642
Nov 25, 2021Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestVienna6$1,213
Nov 27, 2021Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestVienna4$724
Nov 27, 2021Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestVienna6$1,153
Nov 30, 2021Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaNuremberg7$1,949
Nov 30, 2021Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaPrague9$2,478
Dec 04, 2021Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueVienna9$2,728
Dec 06, 2021Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationNurembergVienna7$2,199
Dec 12, 2021Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaNuremberg7$1,949
Dec 12, 2021Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaPrague9$2,478
Apr 13, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich9$2,607
Apr 13, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich7$1,808
Apr 14, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich6$1,549
Apr 14, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich8$2,348
Apr 17, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$3,498
Apr 19, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationMunichBudapest8$2,949
Apr 26, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,948
Apr 26, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich8$3,399
May 01, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$4,048
May 03, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationMunichBudapest8$3,499
May 10, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$4,198
May 10, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich8$3,649
Jun 13, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$4,148
Jun 13, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich8$3,599
Jul 17, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,898
Jul 17, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich8$3,349
Sep 10, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestBucharest10$3,687
Sep 10, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestBucharest12$4,407
Sep 11, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestBucharest11$4,148
Sep 11, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestBucharest9$3,428
Sep 15, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBucharestBudapest14$5,957
Sep 15, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBucharestBudapest13$5,698
Sep 17, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBucharestBudapest12$5,237
Sep 17, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBucharestBudapest11$4,978
Sep 24, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueLondon23$9,806
Sep 24, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueAmsterdam19$7,938
Sep 27, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestLondon20$8,917
Sep 27, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestAmsterdam16$7,049
Oct 11, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamPrague19$7,147
Oct 11, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBudapest16$6,258
Oct 12, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBudapest15$5,899
Oct 12, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamPrague18$6,788
Oct 26, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,848
Oct 26, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich8$3,299
Oct 31, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$3,398
Nov 02, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationMunichBudapest8$2,849
Nov 26, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaNuremberg7$2,699
Nov 26, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaPrague9$3,248
Nov 30, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueVienna9$2,598
Dec 02, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationNurembergVienna7$2,049
Dec 08, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaNuremberg7$2,799
Dec 08, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaPrague9$3,348
Dec 12, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueVienna9$2,498
Dec 14, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationNurembergVienna7$1,949

Ship Information


  • Maiden Voyage: 2014
  • Length: 443
  • Passenger Capacity: 140
  • Normal Crew Size: 47
  • Staterooms: 83
  • Suites: 2

Dining

Early Riser Coffee, 6 a.m. Start your day right with self-service coffee, hot water, croissants, cookies, and assorted finger foods. Breakfast Buffet, 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Enjoy a tempting selection of breads, cereals, fruits, cold cuts and cheeses, smoked salmon, pastries, yogurts, and juices. Hot items such as eggs, sausage, and bacon vary daily.

*Buffet breakfast items are conveniently color coded on all Avalon Waterways river cruise ships to indicate foods that are low calorie, low fat/low calorie, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy

Lunch Buffet, 12:30 p.m. Select from intriguing appetizers, hearty soups, hot dishes, homemade breads, cold cuts and cheeses, salads, and delectable desserts. Afternoon Tea, 4 p.m. Take a mid-day break with coffee or tea and cake or cookies served in the lounge or on the top deck. Dinner, 7:30 p.m.
Dine elegantly with a sit-down meal served in a single sitting. The chef will delight you with gourmet selections and the perfect, complimentary wines (complimentary beer or soft drinks also available). Menus typically feature an appetizer, soup, entree, dessert, and coffee or tea. 

Note: Meal times may vary depending on cruise schedule.

Age Restrictions

Travelers who are less than 18 years old on the departure date must be accompanied by an adult throughout the duration of the vacation. We do not accept children less than 8 years old on any Avalon Waterways vacations. If a child will be traveling with adults other than the parents or with only one parent, it is recommended that a notarized letter be written by the parents or non-traveling parent granting authorization to travel, including the dates of travel.

Tipping

Gratuities on board and on land are not included in the cruise price. Tipping is a personal way to show your satisfaction for good service and is always appreciated. It is recommended that tips be paid in cash.

Cabins

Category E
Square Footage: 172

Category E

Staterooms have comfort collection beds, deluxe beds with memory foam mattress toppers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, hair dryer, L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flat screen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes & slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, elegant, contemporary design throughout, and a large mirror in bathroom. Located on Indigo Deck Forward.




Category D
Square Footage: 172

Category D

Staterooms have comfort collection beds, deluxe beds with memory foam mattress toppers, egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, choice of soft or firm pillows, extra blankets, choice of bed configuration, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, hair dryer, L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flat screen satellite TV with movie channels, alarm clock, direct-dial telephone, bathrobes & slippers, well-stocked minibar, complimentary bottled water, in-room safe, individual climate control, elegant, contemporary design throughout, and a large mirror in bathroom. Located on Indigo Deck Aft.




Category B
Square Footage: 200

Category B

Panorama Suites feature comfort collection beds, deluxe beds with memory foam mattress toppers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, choice of bed configuration, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, hair dryer, L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flat screen satellite TV with movie channels, wall-to-wall panoramic window with open-air Balcony, open-air balcony with full 6-person seating area, full shower with glass door, well-stocked minibar, writing desk, and a coffee table. Located on Sapphire Deck Aft.




Category A
Square Footage: 200

Category A

Panorama Suites feature comfort collection beds, deluxe beds with memory foam mattress toppers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, choice of bed configuration, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, hair dryer, L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flat screen satellite TV with movie channels, wall-to-wall panoramic window with open-air Balcony, open-air balcony with full 6-person seating area, full shower with glass door, well-stocked minibar, writing desk, and a coffee table. Located on Sapphire Deck Forward.




Category P
Square Footage: 200

Category P

Panorama Suites feature comfort collection beds, deluxe beds with memory foam mattress toppers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, choice of bed configuration, nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, hair dryer, L'Occitane bath amenities, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, easy under-bed luggage storage, flat screen satellite TV with movie channels, wall-to-wall panoramic window with open-air Balcony, open-air balcony with full 6-person seating area, full shower with glass door, well-stocked minibar, writing desk, and a coffee table. Located on Royal Deck.




Category Royal Suite
Square Footage: 300

Category Royal Suite

Suites include Comfort Collection Beds, Deluxe beds with memory foam mattress toppers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, Choice of bed configuration, Nightly turn-down service, bedside tables with reading lamps, Hair dryer, L'Occitane bath amenities, Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, Easy under-bed luggage storage, Flatscreen satellite TV with movie channels, Alarm clock, Direct-dial telephone, Bathrobes & slippers, Well-stocked minibar, Complimentary bottled water, In-room safe individual climate control, Marble countertops in bathroom, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Complimentary use of iPad mobile digital devices, Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony, Open-Air Balcony with full 6-person seating area, Full shower with glass door, Writing desk, Vanity, Sofa, Coffee table, and Double sinks. Located on Royal Deck.




Life on Board

Recreation

Dining Room

When it comes to dining, you'll savor your destination in more ways than one. Professional chefs will delight your taste buds with regional specialties as well as Western favorites. Located on the Sapphire Deck.

Recreation

Panorama Bistro

An alternate dining experience with regional specialties and lighter fare in the Panorama Bistro. Located on the Royal Deck.

Recreation

Sky Bistro

Why not sit outside and enjoy your lunch while watching the passing scenery. Located on the Sky Deck.

Recreation

Observation Lounge

Enjoy onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment with any outside viewing area. Located on the Royal Deck.

Recreation

Panorama Lounge

Sit back and relax meeting new friends while having a drink at the lounge. Located on the Royal Deck.

Recreation

Sky Deck

Relax at the Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs and a shade system or have fun at the game area. Located on the Sky Deck.

Recreation

Fitness Center

The Fitness Center is well equipped so you can stick to your fitness program while on vacation. Take advantage of state-of-the-art cardio equipment while enjoying the view of unforgettable passing landscapes. Located on the Indigo Deck.

Recreation

Salon

Of course you want to look your best on vacation, there is a salon for all your hair and manicure needs. Located on the Royal Deck.

Recreation

Whirlpool

The whirlpool is the perfect place to unwind after an exciting day of sightseeing. Located on the Sky Deck.

Hygiene and Safety Protocols

Today's world has changed, but what remains certain is Avalon Waterways' commitment to guest safety, comfort and peace-of-mind while traveling with us. To that end, Avalon Waterways has established a worldwide Assurance program, with enhanced on-trip protocols and procedures, to ensure the health – and happiness – of guests throughout their travels with us.

It all starts with Avalon Waterways' Global Health & Safety Team, dedicated to ensuring that cleanliness of all operations exceeds today’s travel standards—from start to finish. The following areas address Avalon Waterways' commitment to providing a safe and clean environment for guests.

WELCOME ABOARD

New embarkation procedures to offer guests a safe start to their journey, including:

  • Social distancing throughout embarkation
  • Mandatory health screening, including touch-free temperature-check, for all guests and crew
  • Luggage disinfection prior to onboarding (with crew wearing gloves and masks)

FRESH AIR, INSIDE AND OUT:

In addition to Avalon Waterways' Open-Air staterooms, the air in the ships is not circulated between staterooms; only within an individual stateroom and mixed with fresh, outside air.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE:

New social distancing guidelines for guests throughout their Avalon cruise include:

  • Reducing ship capacity as required for more space on board per guest
  • Introducing more dining venues for more dining space per person
  • Crew wearing masks for the duration of the cruise during any guest interaction
  • Providing masks for guests to wear during any event where social proximity could become an issue, including disembarkation for excursions and safety drills
  • Adjusting ratio of guides and coaches for excursions, as required

NEW TECHNOLOGY TO ENSURE CLEANLINESS:

  • Electrostatic disinfecting systems
  • UV disinfecting systems

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS:

Reducing risk with hands-free service, including:

  • More hand-sanitizing stations throughout the ship
  • Required use of hand-sanitizing stations when leaving the ship, returning to the ship and entering dining venues as well as entering each public/common space
  • Self-serve stations, including buffets, drinks, specialty coffees and snacks have been replaced with crew service
  • All buffets (breakfast and lunch) replaced by a full range of á la carte menu choices
  • Hourly (or more frequent) disinfection of all public areas

COMMITMENT TO THE CLEANEST SHIPS:

Enhanced cleaning procedures throughout each ship, including these additional steps that go above-and-beyond Avalon’s already strict procedures:

  • Deep disinfection of each stateroom between cruises, including:
    • Use of disinfectants and cleaning materials that meet the highest standards
    • Soft goods in each stateroom (mattress, sofa, window coverings, chairs, etc.) disinfected between cruises
  • Disinfection of all dining areas between meals
  • Disinfection of all shared items like umbrellas, bicycles and other Adventure Center items
  • Disinfection of all goods prior to loading on the ship
  • Ongoing crew training in protective equipment use and hygiene

FOCUS ON CREW HEALTH:

Ensuring a healthy crew, including:

  • Medical certificate required prior to start of contract
  • Daily temperature checks
  • Social distancing in crew living quarters
  • Regular health screenings

Illumination Customer Reviews

Ratings based off 66 reviews about Illumination - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only
JD
Joseph

We enjoyed the Avalon Magnificent Europe River Cruise very much. It was everything we expected and more. The crew and staff on the ship were outstanding.

AM
Angelo

Avalon was wonderful to us. The staff was extremely friendly and willing to help in anyway. Very positive experience. The food also was delicious.

PM
Patricia

Nico, Cruise director, made this trip extra special. He is very organized and knows the history of the areas we traveled.

CS
Craig

Great Food, Great Room, Great Tour Guide and Crew! Outstanding to all that worked so hard and always presented a smile!

JM
Jan

This was our first river cruise and our first experience with Avalon. The entire trip was very enjoyable and we look forward to traveling on another river cruise with Avalon. Our tour included the Christmas Markets along the Danube and it would be fun to return to the same places during the spring and summer months. It was very nice to unpack only once.



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