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Avalon Illumination

About Avalon Illumination

Launched in 2014, Avalon Illumination is a luxurious Suite Ship. She has been designed to give her guests panoramic views surrounded by tranquility and comfort. Avalon Illumination’s signature Panorama Suites offer more than 30% bigger accommodation than standard.

Avalon Illumination’s wall-to-wall panoramic windows give you an incredible feeling of being connected to the amazing scenery you’ll pass as you sail. You can fully open the windows and step out onto your own private open-air balcony too – a common feature of many Avalon Waterways ships. What a wonderful way to experience quiet sunrises and picturesque sunsets.

Your Avalon cruise is as much about the time between ports as it is about your destinations. Onboard Avalon Illumination there are lots of activities to ensure your enjoyment throughout your holiday. If you simply want to unwind and relax there’s the Sky Deck, where you can sunbathe or take a dip in the hot tub. You can go on a behind-the-scenes ship tour too to find out more about Avalon Illumination and how she works. There are also some interesting lectures where you can discover more about the places you’ll be sailing past.

With breakfast and lunch buffets serving delicious international favourites, you’re free to dine when it suits you. In the evenings there are more formal options available including appetising multi-course dinners. For drinks and socialising, be sure to take in the views while you relax in the Panorama Lounge or up on the Sky Deck.


See What's Inside

Avalon Waterways are pioneering the look of river cruising. Not only are the staterooms and views 30 percent larger than any other small ship in Europe, providing cruisers a renewed feeling of freedom and space, every component of the experience, from bed and bathroom positioning and colour palette to storage space and sound-proof insulation, was wistfully designed for cruisers to ensure they enjoy all that river cruising has to offer.


Royal Suite

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, double sinks, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity, well-stocked minibar, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, a sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, and a writing desk.

  • 300 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Panorama Suite

These suites feature a 6-person sitting area, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, elegant, a contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, make-up mirror, memory foam mattress toppers, sofa, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, wall-to-wall panoramic window with Open-Air Balcony®, writing desk, alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, coffee table, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, marble countertops in bathroom, nightly turn-down service, soft and firm pillows, vanity and a well-stocked minibar.

  • 200 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Deluxe Stateroom

These staterooms feature an alarm clock, bedside tables with reading lamps, Comfort Collection Beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, easy under-bed luggage storage, an elegant, contemporary design, extra blankets, full shower with glass door, individual climate control, large mirror in bathroom, memory foam mattress toppers, soft and firm pillows, two windows, well-stocked minibar, bathrobes & slippers, choice of bed configuration, complimentary bottled water, direct-dial telephone, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, European-style duvets, flatscreen satellite TV with movie channel, hairdryer, in-room safe, L'Occitane bath products, nightly turn-down service, spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage, vanity and a writing desk.

  • 172 square feet
  • Sleeps 2

Sky Deck

  • Sky Lounge
  • Navigation Bridge
  • Sky Bistro
  • Whirlpool
  • Premium Lounge Chairs and Shade Awnings
  • Deck Game Area

Royal Deck

  • Observation Lounge
  • Panorama Bistro & Lounge
  • Bar
  • Internet Corner
  • Reception
  • Hair Salon
  • Club Lounge
  • Panorama Suites 
  • Royal Suites

Sapphire Deck

  • Galley
  • Dining Room
  • Panorama Suites

Indigo Deck

  • Fitness Centre
  • Deluxe Staterooms

From the first bite to the last "Mmmmm," Avalon frees your tastebuds from the ordinary. At breakfast, lunch, and dinner, try mouthwatering recipes from the region through which you're traveling-or more familiar Western dishes, if that's your preference. 

With Avalon, they make every meal part of the journey.


Dining Room

A spacious, open-seating dining room with elegant dining service and large panoramic windows is situated on the Sapphire deck. With an elegantly simple design, you can enjoy a full buffet breakfast or lunch with special options for those who wish to eat lightly, and delicious four-course dinners in the evening. 

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Cuisine: Classic

Sky Bistro

On a sunny day, enjoy hand carved meats and expansive buffets including fresh salads and amazing homemade soups, all a view courtesy of the Sky Bistro.

  • Experience: Cover
  • Cuisine: Cafe

Panorama Bistro & Lounge

The Panorama Lounge & Bistro, with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows for a stunning view, offers a casual atmosphere for guests to enjoy a variety of regional and tapas-style dishes, hand-paired with local wines.

  • Experience: Cover
  • Cuisine: Cafe

Room Service

Room service is available for Continental breakfast & beverages.

  • Experience: Cover
  • Cuisine: Room

Avalon Waterways want your experience with them to be as rich as possible and have included everything that they know will be important to your cruise enjoyment.

With so many amenities on board, whether you are making the most of happy hour by enjoying a glass of wine or a gin and tonic in the lounge, or having a quiet moment in the Club Lounge with a cappuccino, there is plenty of space to stretch out and relax on an Avalon ship. Complimentary Wi-Fi access and free use of computers or laptops is available to help you stay in touch with friends and family.They've designed a cruise experience that includes all the right things...but still leaves room for your own preferences. 


Sky Lounge

On the Sun deck you will find the Sky Lounge, where you can relax and catch the sun's rays whilst enjoying a drink or snack from the nearby Sky Bistro. 

Observation Lounge

The Observation Lounge on the Royal Deck, gives guests a prime view to enjoy the premium spirits.

Library

Guests will find a small Library onboard and guests may check out books from the ship's library free of charge. 

Club Lounge

Enjoy a quiet moment in the Club Lounge whilst enjoying a cappuccino.

Cruise into total body wellness. Start your mornings with an exercise program on the Sky Deck (weather permitting) featuring stretching and yoga, attend helpful lectures on healthy lifestyles, and enjoy healthy but delicious dining options, crafted daily on board.


Hairdressing Salon

Situated on the Royal Deck you might like to take advantage of the onboard hairdresser to indulge in a manicure or hair styling.

Fitness Centre

The ship is fitted with a fully equipped Fitness Centre for you to release some tension.

Deck Games Area

Relax after a long day and play a game with your fellow guests at the game area towards the rear of the deck.

Sky Deck & Whirlpool

The Sky Deck has a shade system, with premium loungers for luxurious relation. The warm Whirlpool is situated along side for when guests fancy a quick dip.

Avalon Waterways know that no two travellers are alike so they don't assume all their guests will like the same activities and excursions. With more expertly led discovery options than any other river cruise line they make it possible for you to explore each port of call according to what intrigues you most.


Shore Excursions

On shore, Avalon includes a great range of comprehensive sightseeing excursions led by knowledgable Certified Local Guides. They also provide individual personal audio headsets to ensure you still have the freedom to roam through some of Europe's most famous attractions without missing a moment of fascinating commentary.

If you'd like to experience something slightly off the beaten track, they offer unique alternative excursions in select destinations. In many cities they also give you a choice of sightseeing pace: 'Traditional' to see all the major sights, 'Leisurely' available on walking tours when you want to take it slower, and 'Independent' allowing you to explore on your own. Have a chat with your Cruise Director to learn about the available options.

They even provide Nordic walking sticks to put that extra spring in your step!

Internet Centre

Complimentary Wi-Fi access and free use of computers or laptops is available to help you stay in touch with friends and family while you enjoy a coffee at the Internet Cafe. 

Ship Specifications

Launched:
2014
Refitted:
N/A
Tonnage:
Language:
en
Length:
135m (443ft)
Width:
11m (38ft)
Speed:
13 knots
Decks:
4
Crew:
47
Cabins:
83
Occupancy:
166
Currency:
EUR