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  • Avalon-Illumination-buffet - Avalon Illumination's daily lunch buffet features a pasta and carving station with complimentary soft drinks.
  • Avalon-Illumination-wine - Complimentary regional wines, beer and soft drinks are served with your dinner on Avalon Illumination.
  • Avalon-Illumination-Panorama-Suite-Seating - Enjoy a quiet Continental breakfast when you order room service on Avalon Illumination.
  • Avalon-Illumination-exterior-1 - Avalon Illumination in Budapest, cruising by Hungary's beautiful parliament building.
  • Avalon-Illumination-Panorama-Suite - The Panorama Suite of Avalon Illumination gives you great views of the passing shorelines. Most staterooms on the ship have balconies with floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • Avalon-Illumination-Royal-Suite - Pamper yourself by booking the Royal Suite on Avalon Illumination and cruise the storied Danube River.
  • Avalon-Illumination-exterior-3 - Avalon Illumination sailing the Danube River.
  • Avalon-Illumination-food - Avalon Illumination's four-course dinners offer a choice of appetizers, soups, salads and entrées.
  • Avalon-Illumination-observation-lounge - Watch Europe's beautiful landscapes glide by from Avalon Illumination's Observation Lounge. 
  • Avalon-Illumination-Sky-Bistro - Lunch al fresco on Avalon Illumination's Sky Deck bistro.
  • Avalon-Illumination-exterior-4 - Avalon Illumination sails the Rhine and Danube rivers, and the waters of Belgium and the Netherlands.

Avalon Illumination: Sailing Europe’s storied rivers

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Snapshot

There’s both serenity and a measure of adventure when cruising Central Europe’s famed waterways aboard Avalon Illumination. Sailing the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, and the waters of the Lowland countries, Avalon Illumination can glide by centuries-old castles and beautiful landscapes in the afternoon, then make an overnight port call at one of Europe’s overlooked gems. Whether tastes favor exploring charming historic neighborhoods and world-class museums, or indulging in fine cuisine or a city’s vibrant nightlife, Avalon Illumination offers even seasoned travelers new opportunity to discover old and new Europe.

Avalon Illumination is fitted with onboard amenities that promise sailing in comfort. Cruisers can soak in the rays and take in the view from a lounge chair or whirlpool on the Sky Deck. Or wake each morning to the scenery passing by their suite’s wall-to-wall panoramic windows (the ship’s suites are spacious – at 200 square feet, Avalon says, they’re more than 30 percent larger than industry standard). Dining options range from light al fresco lunches to multi-course dinners.

Where Avalon Illumination Sails

Avalon Illumination sails the Rhine, Danube and Main rivers, as well as the waters of Belgium and the Netherlands. Cruises range from 8 to 24 days, and destinations and port calls include Amsterdam, Budapest, Bucharest, Prague and Vienna.

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Dining

Dining is part of the journey on Avalon Illumination. Whether you’re sitting for an al fresco lunch on the Sky Deck, waterfront room service or multi-course dining in the Panorama Bistro, you can choose between enticing regional cuisine or Western dishes. Meals are prepared by expert chefs with fresh, quality ingredients direct from the market.   </p>

Activities

  • Sky Deck whirlpool
  • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
  • Onboard movie nights
  • Hair salon (manicures available)
  • Sky Deck game area
  • Tastings: Sample the destination's famous delicacies.
  • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
  • Sightseeing with certified local guides
  • Biking excursions

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Observation Lounge
  • Where: Deck 3

  • What: Destinations
  • Where: Danube River

  • What: Panorama Suite
  • Where: Two decks
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
  • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs
  • Panorama bistro
  • Expanded fitness center
  • Complimentary wi-fi
  • Upscale bar serving premium spirits

Top dining options on board

Main dining room

  • Style: Varied regional cuisine
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Sky Deck Bistro

  • Style: Varied regional cuisine
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Seating time varies

Fast facts

166 Passengers [?]
47 Crew
4 Decks
2013 Maiden voyage
5,000 Tonnage [?]
361 Length in feet
37 Width in feet (max beam)
9 speed (mph) [?]

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