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  • Avalon-Luminary-exterior-2 - Avalon Luminary sails the Moselle River in picturesque Luxembourg.
  • Avalon-Luminary-lounge - Meet new friends at the social hour at Avalon Luminary's lounge.
  • Avalon-Luminary-Moselle-2 - Experience the spectacular Moselle River on a luxury cruise on Avalon Luminary, stopping in to visit quaint towns and palaces in Germany and Luxembourg.
  • Avalon-Luminary-royal-suite - Avalon Luminary's suites feature French balconies (floor-to-ceiling windows).
  • Avalon-Luminary-food - Avalon Luminary's dining room serves four-course dinners with a choice of appetizers, soups, salads and entrées.
  • Avalon-Luminary-Dining-Room - Join your fellow cruisers for continental cuisine in the dining room of Avalon Luminary as you cruise the Moselle River through Germany and Luxembourg.
  • Avalon-Luminary-exterior-1 - Avalon Luminary cruising Germany along the Moselle River.
  • Avalon-Luminary-club-lounge - Enjoy a cocktail and the view in Avalon Luminary's club lounge.
  • Avalon-Luminary-dining-room 2 - Avalon Luminary's spacious, open-seating dining room.
  • Avalon-Luminary-dining-room-setting - Dine while watching Europe sail by on Avalon Luminary.
  • Avalon-Luminary-sky-deck - You'll find a shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool and beautiful views on Avalon Luminary's Sky Deck.
  • Avalon-Luminary-wine - Complimentary wines, beer and soft drinks are served with dinner on Avalon Luminary.
  • Avalon-Luminary-deluxe-stateroom - Avalon Luminary deluxe staterooms feature a well-stocked minibar and flat-screen satellite TV. 
  • Avalon-Luminary-dinner-appetizer - Enjoy regional fare as you cruise the rivers of Europe on the luxury ship Avalon Luminary.
  • Avalon-Luminary-Luxembourg - See Luxembourg and Germany in style aboard Avalon Luminary as she cruises the Moselle River.
  • Avalon-Luminary-Moselle - Visit castles and the river history along the Moselle River such as Cochem, Germany, and Metz, France, while cruising on the luxury cruise ship Avalon Luminary.

Avalon Luminary: Cruising Europe from Budapest to London (retired)

Editor's note: As of 2019, Avalon Luminary is no longer part of the Avalon Waterways fleet.


There’s serenity, romance and a measure of adventure when cruising Europe’s storied waterways aboard Avalon Luminary. Sailing the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, and the waters of the Lowland countries, Avalon Luminary 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 Luminary offers even seasoned travelers new opportunity to discover (or re-discover) old and new Europe. 

One of the line’s smaller ships, Avalon Luminary 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 the whirlpool on the Sky Deck. Or wake each morning to the scenery passing by the windows of their spacious suite. Dining options include buffets and multi-course dinners.

Where Avalon Luminary sails

Avalon Luminary sails the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, and the waterways of Belgium and the Netherlands. Cruises range from 8 to 21 days, and destinations and port calls include Amsterdam, Brussels, Bucharest, Munich and Vienna. Two cruises embarking from Budapest include overnights (via high-speed rail) in Paris and London.

Cruises on this ship


Dining is part of the journey on Avalon Luminary. Whether you’re sitting for a buffet lunch or multi-course dining in the Sky Deck Bistro, you can choose between enticing regional cuisine and Western dishes. Meals are prepared by expert chefs with fresh, quality ingredients direct from the market.  


  • 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: Club Lounge
  • Where: Deck 3

  • What: Destinations
  • Where: Moselle River

  • What: Suites
  • Where: Shipwide
  • 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: Continental cuisine
  • No additional fee
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Fast facts

138 Passengers [?]
39 Crew
4 Decks
2009 Maiden voyage
5,000 Tonnage [?]
361 Length in feet
37 Width in feet (max beam)
9 speed (mph) [?]

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