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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
    • 2

    • Suites

Sailings

Sail Date Operator Ship Departs Returns Length Price
Sep 27, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestAmsterdam16$5,899
Oct 11, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamPrague19$6,247
Oct 11, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBudapest16$5,358
Oct 12, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationAmsterdamBudapest15$4,999
Oct 26, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,098
Oct 26, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich8$2,549
Oct 31, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$2,898
Nov 02, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationMunichBudapest8$2,349
Nov 26, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaNuremberg7$2,199
Nov 26, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaPrague9$2,748
Nov 30, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueVienna9$2,848
Dec 02, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationNurembergVienna7$2,299
Dec 08, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaNuremberg7$2,299
Dec 08, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaPrague9$2,848
Dec 12, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueVienna9$2,498
Dec 14, 2022Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationNurembergVienna7$1,949
Mar 31, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$2,538
Apr 02, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationDeggendorfBudapest8$1,949
Apr 08, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich9$2,977
Apr 08, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestDeggendorf7$2,178
Apr 09, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich6$1,899
Apr 09, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestMunich8$2,698
Apr 12, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$2,738
Apr 14, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationDeggendorfBudapest8$2,149
Apr 21, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,188
Apr 21, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestDeggendorf8$2,599
Apr 26, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$3,188
Apr 28, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationDeggendorfBudapest8$2,599
May 05, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,388
May 05, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestDeggendorf8$2,799
May 10, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$3,488
May 12, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationDeggendorfBudapest8$2,899
May 19, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,738
May 19, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestDeggendorf8$3,149
May 24, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$3,488
May 26, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationDeggendorfBudapest8$2,899
Jun 01, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestDeggendorf9$2,928
Jun 01, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague11$3,547
Jun 02, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestDeggendorf8$2,649
Jun 02, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,268
Jun 07, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$3,488
Jun 09, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationDeggendorfBudapest8$2,899
Jun 15, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestDeggendorf9$2,928
Jun 15, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague11$3,547
Jun 16, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestDeggendorf8$2,649
Jun 16, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,268
Jun 21, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationDeggendorfBucharest18$7,186
Jun 21, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$3,488
Jun 21, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBucharest20$7,886
Jun 23, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationDeggendorfBucharest18$7,297
Jun 23, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationDeggendorfBucharest16$6,597
Jun 23, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationDeggendorfBudapest8$2,899
Jun 29, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestBucharest12$4,177
Jun 29, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestBucharest10$3,477
Jun 30, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestBucharest11$3,898
Jun 30, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestBucharest9$3,198
Jul 04, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBucharestBudapest14$5,027
Jul 04, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBucharestBudapest13$4,748
Jul 06, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBucharestBudapest12$4,327
Jul 06, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBucharestBudapest11$4,048
Jul 15, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestBucharest12$4,177
Jul 15, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestBucharest10$3,477
Jul 16, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestBucharest11$3,898
Jul 16, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestBucharest9$3,198
Jul 20, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBucharestBelgrade10$3,048
Jul 22, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBucharestBelgrade8$2,348
Jul 29, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBelgradeBucharest8$2,348
Jul 29, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBelgradeBucharest10$3,048
Aug 01, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBucharestBudapest14$6,027
Aug 01, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBucharestBudapest13$4,748
Aug 01, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBucharestDeggendorf20$8,397
Aug 01, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBucharestPrague22$8,986
Aug 03, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBucharestBudapest12$4,327
Aug 03, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBucharestBudapest11$4,048
Aug 03, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBucharestPrague20$8,286
Aug 03, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBucharestDeggendorf18$7,697
Aug 13, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,238
Aug 13, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestDeggendorf8$2,649
Aug 18, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$3,338
Aug 20, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationDeggendorfBudapest8$2,749
Aug 26, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestDeggendorf9$3,128
Aug 26, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague11$3,747
Aug 27, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestDeggendorf8$2,849
Aug 27, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,468
Sep 01, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$3,818
Sep 01, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest11$4,097
Sep 03, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationMunichBudapest8$3,199
Sep 03, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationDeggendorfBudapest9$3,478
Sep 08, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestVienna8$2,442
Sep 08, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestVienna6$1,973
Sep 10, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestVienna6$1,943
Sep 10, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestVienna4$1,474
Sep 11, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaBudapest8$2,342
Sep 11, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaBudapest6$1,843
Sep 13, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaBudapest4$1,374
Sep 13, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaBudapest6$1,873
Sep 16, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$4,038
Sep 16, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestDeggendorf8$3,449
Sep 21, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$3,788
Sep 23, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationDeggendorfBudapest8$3,199
Sep 30, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,688
Sep 30, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestDeggendorf8$3,099
Oct 05, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$3,688
Oct 07, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationDeggendorfBudapest8$3,099
Oct 14, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$3,488
Oct 14, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestDeggendorf8$2,899
Oct 19, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBudapest10$3,138
Oct 21, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationDeggendorfBudapest8$2,549
Oct 28, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestPrague10$2,938
Oct 28, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationBudapestDeggendorf8$2,349
Nov 30, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueVienna9$3,313
Dec 02, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationNurembergVienna7$2,724
Dec 08, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaNuremberg7$2,724
Dec 08, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaBasel16$7,897
Dec 08, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaFrankfurt12$4,898
Dec 08, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationViennaPrague9$3,313
Dec 12, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueBasel12$5,387
Dec 12, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationPragueFrankfurt8$2,763
Dec 14, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationNurembergBasel10$4,798
Dec 14, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationNurembergFrankfurt6$2,174
Dec 19, 2024Avalon WaterwaysIlluminationFrankfurtZurich5$2,624

Ship Information


  • Maiden Voyage: 2014
  • Length: 443
  • Passenger Capacity: 166
  • 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 68 reviews about Illumination - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only
AM
Arlene
The Blue Danube Discovery with 2 Nights in Budapest & 2 Nights in Prague 2022
5/5 - Excellent
Accommodations
5
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
5
Value for Money
5
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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