Avalon Illumination

Avalon Illumination Review and Specifications

Specifications of Avalon Illumination

Year built2014  /  Age : 4
Flag state Switzerland
BuilderDen Breejen Shipyard (Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Holland)
ClassSuite Ship
OwnerMS Donau GmbH & Co KG Hamburg
OperatorAvalon Waterways
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 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
Christened byDeborah Hutton

Current itinerary of Avalon Illumination

Avalon Illumination current cruise is 14 days, one-way from Budapest to Amsterdam. Prices start from USD 6464 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 21 Sep, 2018 and ends on 05 Oct, 2018.

Date / TimePort
21 Sep      Departing from Budapest, Hungary   
22 Sep     Budapest, Hungary   
23 Sep     Bratislava, Slovakia   
24 Sep     Vienna, Austria   
25 Sep     Durnstein, Austria   
25 Sep     Melk, Austria   
26 Sep     Passau, Germany   
27 Sep     Regensburg, Germany   
28 Sep     Nuremberg, Germany   
29 Sep     Bamberg, Germany   
30 Sep     Wurzburg, Germany   
01 Oct     Main River, Germany   
02 Oct     Rudesheim, Germany   
03 Oct     Cologne, Germany   
04 Oct - 05 Oct     Amsterdam, Holland(Overnight)   
05 Oct      Arriving in Amsterdam, Holland   

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 per cent larger than industry's standard suites, affording guests the opportunity to wake up facing the beautiful passing scenery.

Avalon Illumination has a total number of 84 cabins (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, mini bar, safe, deluxe pillow menu, complimentary bottled water. Cabin occupancy - 2 guests in 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 cruisetour 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" are 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" are 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" are 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 wiki

  • The Avalon Illumination boat is the 7th vessel in Avalon Waterways "Suite Ship" class. Among the 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 Waterways "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 Avalon cruise ship Illumination was launched in 2014 on June 3rd. 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 former ambassador for "Qantas Airways" and "MYER" (department store chain).

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Avalon Illumination Itineraries

The below listed Avalon Illumination cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Avalon Waterways fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 May 27 7 days, round-trip Tulip Time Amsterdam$2906
2018 Jun 01 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Nuremberg Budapest$4620
2018 Jun 08 7 days, one-way from Nuremberg to Budapest Nuremberg$3952
2018 Jun 15 14 days, one-way from Budapest to Amsterdam Budapest$6004
2018 Jun 29 14 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Budapest Amsterdam$5835
2018 Jul 06 14 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Budapest Amsterdam$5073
2018 Jul 13 14 days, one-way from Budapest to Amsterdam Budapest$5206
2018 Jul 27 14 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Budapest Amsterdam$5284
2018 Aug 10 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Nuremberg Budapest$4258
2018 Aug 17 13 days, one-way from Nuremberg to Bucharest Nuremberg$7660
2018 Aug 17 13 days, one-way from Nuremberg to Bucharest Nuremberg$7980
2018 Aug 17 7 days, one-way from Nuremberg to Budapest Nuremberg$3952
2018 Aug 24 6 days, one-way from Budapest to Bucharest Budapest$3692
2018 Aug 30 9 days, one-way from Bucharest to Budapest Bucharest$4606
2018 Sep 07 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Nuremberg Budapest$4940
2018 Sep 14 7 days, one-way from Nuremberg to Budapest Nuremberg
2018 Sep 21 14 days, one-way from Budapest to Amsterdam Budapest$6464
2018 Oct 02 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Nuremberg Budapest
2018 Oct 05 20 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Oltenita Amsterdam$9596
2018 Oct 05 14 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Budapest Amsterdam$6018
2018 Oct 19 7 days, one-way from Nuremberg to Budapest Nuremberg$3922
2018 Oct 19 6 days, one-way from Budapest to Bucharest Budapest$3560
2018 Oct 19 6 days, one-way from Budapest to Bucharest Budapest$4635
2018 Oct 25 9 days, one-way from Bucharest to Budapest Bucharest$4107
2018 Nov 23 7 days, one-way from Nuremberg to Budapest Nuremberg
2018 Nov 30 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Nuremberg Budapest
2018 Dec 07 7 days, one-way from Nuremberg to Budapest Nuremberg
2018 Dec 14 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Nuremberg Budapest
2019 Apr 15 3 days, one-way from Vienna to Budapest Vienna$2088
2019 Apr 18 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Nuremberg Budapest$3518
2019 Apr 25 7 days, one-way from Nuremberg to Budapest Nuremberg$3310
2019 May 02 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Nuremberg Budapest$4152
2019 May 09 7 days, one-way from Nuremberg to Budapest Nuremberg$3888
2019 May 16 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Nuremberg Budapest$4383
2019 May 23 7 days, one-way from Nuremberg to Budapest Nuremberg$3888
2019 May 30 14 days, one-way from Budapest to Amsterdam Budapest$6402
2019 Jun 27 14 days, one-way from Budapest to Amsterdam Budapest$6402
2019 Jul 11 20 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Oltenita Amsterdam$9368
2019 Jul 25 6 days, one-way from Budapest to Bucharest Budapest$3692
2019 Jul 31 22 days, one-way from Fetesti to Amsterdam Fetesti$10347
2019 Jul 31 9 days, one-way from Bucharest to Budapest Bucharest$4672
2019 Aug 08 14 days, one-way from Budapest to Amsterdam Budapest$5883
2019 Aug 22 20 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Oltenita Amsterdam$9712
2019 Sep 05 6 days, one-way from Budapest to Bucharest Budapest$4210
2019 Sep 07 7 days, one-way from Nuremberg to Budapest Nuremberg$3990
2019 Sep 11 22 days, one-way from Fetesti to Amsterdam Fetesti$11502
2019 Sep 11 9 days, one-way from Bucharest to Budapest Bucharest$5133
2019 Sep 19 14 days, one-way from Budapest to Amsterdam Budapest$6748
2019 Oct 17 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Nuremberg Budapest$4152
2019 Oct 24 7 days, one-way from Nuremberg to Budapest Nuremberg$3426
2019 Oct 31 7 days, one-way from Budapest to Nuremberg Budapest$3692
2019 Nov 07 7 days, one-way from Nuremberg to Budapest Nuremberg$2792