Avalon Illumination

Avalon Illumination current position

Avalon Illumination current location is at Europe Inland (coordinates 51.90251 N / 5.63805 E) cruising en route to DODEWAARD. The AIS position was reported 3 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Avalon Illumination

Year of build2014  /  Age: 9
Flag state Switzerland
BuilderScheepswerf Den Breejen Shipyard (Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Holland)
ClassSuite Ship
Speed12 kn / 22 km/h / 14 mph
Length (LOA)135 m / 443 ft
Beam (width)12 m / 39 ft
Gross Tonnage2775 gt
Passengers84 - 166
Crew47
Decks4
Cabins84
Decks with cabins3
Sister-shipsAvalon Envision, Avalon Expression, Avalon Impression, Avalon Passion, Avalon View
Christened byDeborah Hutton
OwnerMS Donau GmbH & Co KG Hamburg
OperatorAvalon Waterways

Avalon Illumination Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Apr 02 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel $1977
2024 Apr 09 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam $2278
2024 Apr 16 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel $2153
2024 Apr 23 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam $2577
2024 Apr 30 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel $2303
2024 May 07 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam $2578
2024 May 14 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel $2653
2024 May 21 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam $2728
2024 May 28 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel $2528
2024 Jun 04 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam $2528
2024 Jun 11 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel $2528
2024 Jun 18 7 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam $2528
2024 Jul 02 14 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Budapest Amsterdam $4525
2024 Aug 20 7 days, one-way from Deggendorf to Budapest Deggendorf $2353
2024 Aug 27 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Deggendorf Budapest $2503
2024 Sep 03 7 days, one-way from Deggendorf to Budapest Deggendorf $2753
2024 Sep 10 3 days, one-way from Budapest to Vienna Budapest $1271
2024 Sep 13 3 days, one-way from Vienna to Budapest Vienna $1271
2024 Sep 16 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Deggendorf Budapest $2953
2024 Sep 23 7 days, one-way from Deggendorf to Budapest Deggendorf $2753
2024 Sep 30 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Deggendorf Budapest $2753
2024 Oct 07 7 days, one-way from Deggendorf to Budapest Deggendorf $2678
2024 Oct 14 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Deggendorf Budapest $2603
2024 Dec 02 6 days, one-way from Nuremberg to Vienna Nuremberg $3380
2024 Dec 08 6 days, one-way from Vienna to Nuremberg Vienna $2363
2024 Dec 08 11 days, one-way from Vienna to Frankfurt am Main Vienna $4232
2024 Dec 08 15 days, one-way from Vienna to Basel Vienna $6151
2024 Dec 14 5 days, one-way from Nuremberg to Frankfurt am Main Nuremberg $1875
2024 Dec 14 9 days, one-way from Nuremberg to Basel Nuremberg $3516
2024 Dec 19 4 days, one-way from Frankfurt am Main to Basel Frankfurt am Main $1648

Avalon Illumination Review

Review of Avalon Illumination

MS Avalon Illumination boat cruises on Main, Danube and Rhine Rivers departing from Amsterdam, Vienna, Prague, Passau, Istanbul, Bucharest, and Budapest. The ship also offers flight-inclusive Black Sea river cruises with departures from Amsterdam, Vienna, and Istanbul.

Avalon Illumination cruise ship debuts in 2014 as a part of Avalon Suite Ships fleet. 

Avalon Illumination cruise ship

Cabins

This beautiful vessel features two decks of Panorama Suites, all with panoramic Wall-to-Wall Windows which transform the space into Open-Air Balcony. MS Avalon Illumination ship's Panorama Suites with their vast 200 sq.feet free space, are more than 30 percent larger than industry's standard suites, affording guests the opportunity to wake up facing the beautiful passing scenery.

Avalon Illumination has a total of 84 staterooms (of which 2 Royal Suite, 66 Panorama Suite, 16 with non-opening windows) in 6 grades.

Cabins Types, Sizes, Categories (high to low) 

  • Amenities in all types of staterooms - 2 twin beds converting to queen-sized, 3-door closets with shelves, private bathroom (glass-door shower, hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers), sofa, coffee table, flat TV, vanity/writing desk, private French balcony (floor-to-ceiling sliding door), individual climate control, phone, minibar, safe, deluxe pillow menu, complimentary bottled water. Cabin occupancy - 2 guests in a room.
  • 2x "Royal Suites" (RS) - deck 3, size 300 ft2 / 28 m2
  • Panorama Suites - P (x33, deck 3), A (x23, deck 2), B (x9, deck 2) - size 200 ft2 / 18,6 m2.
  • Deluxe Staterooms (category, number) - D (x10, deck 1), E (6, deck 1) - size 172 ft2 / 16 m2).

Shipboard facilities

Some of the various onboard amenities include the alternative dining option in Panorama Bistro, light al fresco lunch at the Sky Bistro, expanded Fitness Center, spacious Sky Deck with a whirlpool and premium loungers, complimentary Wi-Fi access.

Avalon Illumination restaurants include Illumination (dining room), Panorama Bistro, Sky Bistro (al-fresco). Avalon Illumination also has Panorama Lounge & Bar (observation, with an outside viewing deck), Club Lounge, Library/Internet Corner, Illumination Atrium Lobby, Hair Salon, Fitness, Sun Deck (Sky Lounge & Bar, Sky Bistro, Whirlpool, shaded seating, deck games area).

Avalon Illumination cruise deals are inclusive of Wi-Fi Internet, room-service, all land tours and excursions (by certified local tour guides), port taxes, flights, motorcoach transfers, live evening entertainment (local performers), daily enrichment lectures, Illumination cruise ship tour ("behind-the-scenes"), food and wine tastings, 24-hour premium coffee/tea/hot chocolate, replenished daily bottled water.

Avalon Illumination river cruise prices are per person and based on double occupancy. These are only indicative Avalon river cruise rates. They might be different when you book your Avalon Waterways cruise tour deals, influenced by travel agency promotions, special offers, and discounts, group travel booking or last-minute deals rates. On Avalon Illumination cruises, Avalon Waterways offers USA flights-inclusive deals with discount airfare and complimentary airport transfers.

River Cruise Itineraries

Follows the list of Avalon Illumination itineraries as themes officially announced by the Avalon Waterways line:

  • (7-nights cruising) "Magnificent Europe" are 15-days river cruises from Amsterdam to Budapest (Eastbound, code WAB), and the reverse from Budapest to Amsterdam (Westbound, code WBA).
  • (7-nights cruising) “The Blue Danube Discovery” are 13-days river cruises from Budapest to Prague (Nuremberg disembarkation, Westbound, code WBN). The reverse route is themed “The Legendary Danube”: (7-days sailing) 11-days river cruises from Prague to Budapest (Eastbound, code WNB, Nuremberg embarkation)."Cruising-Only" deals are from Nuremberg to Budapest (code WNBO) and the reverse from Budapest to Nuremberg (code WBNO).
  • (7-nights cruising) "Capitals of Central Europe" are 10-days Danube river cruises from Prague to Budapest (Eastbound, code WPB), and the reverse from Budapest to Prague (Westbound, code WBP). Both itineraries include bus transfer Prague-Passau (embarkation/disembarkation) and visiting Bratislava."Cruising-Only" deals are from Passau to Budapest (code WPBO, non-inclusive of Prague hotel package).
  • (3-nights cruising) "A Taste of the Danube" is 8-days river cruises from Vienna to Budapest (Eastbound, code WVB), and the reverse from Budapest to Vienna (Westbound, code WBV). "Cruising-Only" deals are from Budapest to Nuremberg (code WBVO, non-inclusive of Budapest hotel package).
  • (13-nights cruising) "Grand Danube Cruise" are 18-days river cruises from Prague to Bucharest (Eastbound, code WNO), and the reverse from Bucharest to Prague (Westbound, code WON). Other booking options are with added Bucharest luxury hotel package (Westbound code WONE, Eastbound code WNOE) and the "Cruising-Only" deals from Nuremberg to Bucharest (code WONO).
  • (22-nights cruising) "North Sea-Black Sea Cruise" is 24-days river cruises from Amsterdam to Bucharest (Eastbound, code WA)), and the reverse from Bucharest to Amsterdam (Westbound, code WOA). The Eastbound route is also operated as 26-days cruise from Amsterdam to Istanbul (code WOAE), with a 2-night luxury Istanbul hotel package included in the Avalon deals.
  • (10-nights cruising) "Blue Danube to the Black Sea" is 14-days river cruises from Bucharest to Vienna (Westbound, code WOV), and the reverse from Vienna to Bucharest (Eastbound, code WVO). There are also 16-days deals on cruises from Istanbul to Vienna (Westbound code WOVE) and from Vienna to Istanbul (Eastbound code WVOE), with a 3-night Istanbul luxury hotel package included in the fares. "Cruising-Only" deals are without the Bucharest-Vienna hotel packages (code WOVO).
  • (6-nights cruising) "Balkan Discovery" are 10-days river cruises from Budapest to Bucharest (Eastbound, code WBO), and the reverse from Bucharest to Budapest (Eastbound, code WOB). Other booking options are with added Bucharest luxury hotel package (Westbound code WOBE, Eastbound code WBOE) and the "Cruising-Only" deals (code WOB0, non-inclusive of Bucharest-Budapest hotel packages).

Avalon Illumination - user reviews and comments

Avalon Illumination Wiki

Illumination is the 7th boat from Avalon's "Suite Ship" class. Among ship's best features are 2 full decks of Suite cabins (each with wall-to-wall sliding windows and French Balcony) and spacious and diverse public venues (each with full-length floor-ceiling windows).

Each Avalon "Suite Ship" is powered by two Caterpillar Marine diesel engines (model C32 ACERT, total power output 1420 kW / 1930 HP), plus an emergency diesel generator. The ship's propulsion is diesel-electric, with one azimuth thruster (at the bow) and a "Silent Drive System" (separating the ship's engines from passenger staterooms).

The Illumination riverboat was launched on June 3, 2014. It was christened in Vienna (Austria) by Mrs. Deborah Hutton, a famous Australian media personality - TV series hostess, magazine editor ("Darwin Life"), homewares designer ("Kmart Australia"), also a former ambassador for "Qantas Airways" and "MYER" (department store chain).

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