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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
    • 166

    • Pax Capacity
    • 67

    • Suites

Sailings

Sail Date Operator Ship Departs Returns Length Price
Apr 02, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBaselAmsterdam8$2,799
Apr 08, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamLucerne11$3,957
Apr 08, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBasel9$3,008
Apr 09, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamLucerne10$3,598
Apr 09, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBasel8$2,649
Apr 14, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationLucerneAmsterdam10$4,198
Apr 16, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBaselAmsterdam8$3,249
Apr 22, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamLucerne11$4,907
Apr 22, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBasel9$3,958
Apr 23, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamLucerne10$4,548
Apr 23, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBasel8$3,599
Apr 28, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationLucerneAmsterdam10$4,398
Apr 30, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBaselAmsterdam8$3,449
May 06, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamLucerne11$5,107
May 06, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBasel9$4,158
May 07, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamLucerne10$4,748
May 07, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBasel8$3,799
May 12, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationLucerneAmsterdam10$4,098
May 14, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBaselAmsterdam8$3,149
May 20, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamLucerne11$4,557
May 20, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBasel9$3,608
May 21, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamLucerne10$4,198
May 21, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBasel8$3,249
May 26, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationLucerneAmsterdam10$4,698
May 28, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBaselAmsterdam8$3,749
Jun 03, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamLucerne11$5,057
Jun 03, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBasel9$4,108
Jun 04, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamLucerne10$4,698
Jun 04, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBasel8$3,749
Jun 09, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationLucerneAmsterdam10$4,698
Jun 11, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBaselAmsterdam8$3,749
Jun 17, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamLucerne11$5,057
Jun 17, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBasel9$4,108
Jun 18, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamLucerne10$4,698
Jun 18, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBasel8$3,749
Jul 01, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBudapest16$6,458
Jul 02, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBudapest15$6,099
Aug 18, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$4,588
Aug 20, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationVilshofenBudapest8$3,999
Aug 26, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestVilshofen9$4,478
Aug 26, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague11$5,097
Aug 27, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestVilshofen8$4,199
Aug 27, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$4,818
Sep 01, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$4,668
Sep 01, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest11$4,947
Sep 03, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationVilshofenBudapest8$4,049
Sep 03, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationVilshofenBudapest9$4,328
Sep 08, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestVienna8$2,492
Sep 08, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestVienna6$2,023
Sep 10, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestVienna6$1,993
Sep 10, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestVienna4$1,524
Sep 11, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaBudapest8$2,492
Sep 11, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaBudapest6$1,993
Sep 13, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaBudapest4$1,524
Sep 13, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaBudapest6$2,023
Sep 16, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$4,138
Sep 16, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestVilshofen8$3,549
Sep 21, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$4,638
Sep 23, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationVilshofenBudapest8$4,049
Sep 30, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$4,638
Sep 30, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestVilshofen8$4,049
Oct 05, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$4,538
Oct 07, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationVilshofenBudapest8$3,949
Oct 14, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$4,688
Oct 14, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestVilshofen8$4,099
Nov 30, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueVienna9$3,788
Dec 02, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationNurembergVienna7$3,199
Dec 08, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaNuremberg7$2,949
Dec 08, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaBasel16$8,147
Dec 08, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaFrankfurt12$5,798
Dec 08, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaPrague9$3,538
Dec 12, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBasel12$5,537
Dec 12, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueFrankfurt8$2,813
Dec 14, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationNurembergBasel10$4,948
Dec 14, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationNurembergFrankfurt6$2,224
Dec 19, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationFrankfurtZurich5$1,974
Apr 08, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$2,738
Apr 08, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich8$2,149
Apr 13, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$3,088
Apr 15, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationMunichBudapest8$2,499
Apr 22, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,088
Apr 22, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich8$2,499
Apr 27, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$3,188
Apr 29, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationMunichBudapest8$2,599
May 05, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague11$3,797
May 05, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich9$3,178
May 06, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,518
May 06, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich8$2,899
May 11, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationMunichBudapest9$3,527
May 11, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationMunichBudapest8$3,248
May 13, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationMunichBudapest6$2,399
May 13, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationMunichBudapest7$2,678
May 18, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,738
May 18, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich8$3,149
May 23, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$3,838
May 25, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationMunichBudapest8$3,249
Jun 01, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestAmsterdam16$6,349
Jun 16, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBudapest15$5,299
Jun 29, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague11$3,647
Jun 29, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich9$3,028
Jun 30, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,368
Jun 30, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich8$2,749
Jul 05, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$3,238
Jul 07, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationMunichBudapest8$2,649
Jul 13, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague11$3,547
Jul 13, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich9$2,928
Jul 14, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,268
Jul 14, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich8$2,649
Jul 19, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$3,238
Jul 21, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationMunichBudapest8$2,649
Jul 28, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestAmsterdam16$5,549
Aug 12, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBudapest15$5,199
Aug 26, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,788
Aug 26, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich8$3,199
Aug 31, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$3,888
Sep 02, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationMunichBudapest8$3,299
Sep 09, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$4,138
Sep 09, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich8$3,549
Sep 14, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest12$5,088
Sep 16, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationMunichBudapest10$4,499
Sep 25, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestAmsterdam16$6,399
Oct 10, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBudapest15$5,699
Oct 24, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,588
Oct 24, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich8$2,999
Oct 29, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$3,238
Oct 31, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationMunichBudapest8$2,649
Nov 07, 2025Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestAmsterdam16$5,499

Ship Information


  • Maiden Voyage: 2014
  • Length: 443
  • Passenger Capacity: 166
  • Normal Crew Size: 47
  • Staterooms: 83
  • Suites: 67

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.

Illumination Customer Reviews

Ratings based off 69 reviews about Illumination - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only
AM
Arlene
Reviewed on May 28, 2022

Don't be afraid to try the active excursions. They were amazing and they were honest if they felt a guest wouldn't be comfortable with the level of difficulty.

JM
James

The overall dining experience was ok, not great

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.



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