Avalon Illumination

Avalon Waterways


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Ship Info

What's Included


  • Services of a professional Cruise Director | Onboard lectures | Complimentary Wi-Fi access | Activities & Nightly piano music | Sightseeing with Local Guides | Headsets for all guided shore excursions | Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a welcome reception, Captain's reception, and farewell dinner | Quality wines from Europe's most famous wine regions with every dinner | One sitting with open seating arrangements | Sparkling wine with breakfast | Robes & slippers in every room

Not Included

  • Airfare | Gratuities | Any items of a personal nature | Anything not specifically noted as included

Ship Overview

Inaugural Sailing
5000 Tons
Public Decks
Passenger Capacity
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fabulous vacation

By: Frankie

Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2014

Great cabin. Great crew. Great food. Great service. Friendly people. Even great weather. Very organized. I can find nothing wrong. This cruise was wonderful.
Travel Advisor:  Ramona Holbrook

Expert, friendly service

By: Sue

Reviewed on: 02 Jun 2016

This was our second trip on Avalon, and we were again very pleased with the level of service. The crew was extremely helpful and always pleasant. The tours were very good as was the food, although I would suggest the food in the warming trays could be hotter. The only complaint we had was the internet service. It could definitely stand an upgrade. We received much better service in the cafes we stopped in along the way. The accommodations were very comfortable and storage was generous. We would definitely chose Avalon for another cruise.
Travel Advisor:  Melita Hein

Good trip

By: Sue472

Reviewed on: 28 Jun 2016

The Avalon ship was very comfortable, with good service and spacious cabins. The trip was wonderful. Areas of improvement could be offering wine and beer at lunch. Also, at times, we felt that there was a lack of information and/or clear communication with the passengers. We would also have appreciated an opportunity to provide feedback on the optional excursions we had taken.
Travel Advisor:  Sheila Gallant-Halloran

Awesome river accommodation and crew

By: AvalonDanube

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2016

Crew was outstanding and very welcoming. Bayu, Steven, and the wonderful lady who was always working on the Panorama Deck were 3 of the many who were exceptional. Even the deck hands gave us ideas for touring. Loved that the chefs shopped locally and prepared fresh and varied meals, including some regional cuisine. The selection of breads was outstanding. The Captain instilled confidence in maneuvering the ship through the canals and locks. Disappointed that we missed 1 day of river cruising because of an accident in the canal but Avalon did its best by busing us to the next location. A big disappointment was the hotel in Prague where we were billeted far from the centre. Even check-in was confusing. Rooms were adequate but not functional.
Travel Advisor:  Randy Raphael

Great river cruise

By: Smiling Jack

Reviewed on: 15 Nov 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience on the river cruise, particularly because of the countries of Eastern Europe that we visited. We were very satisfied with Avalon Waterways ship, crew, accommodations, food, service, itinerary, shore excursions and hotel accommodations. Our cruise director was very knowledgeable, but she was sort of over the top sometimes. The other points we would suggest are that at least beer and wine should be included in the lounge and at lunch and dinner and that all gratuities should also be covered in the price, allowing us to give a little extra to those who go above and beyond.
Travel Advisor:  Lauri Walters

River cruise - cold but still fun

By: L&K

Reviewed on: 12 May 2017

The ship was very nice and the food and service were very good. Based on this one river cruise, taken in April, when the weather was colder than we - along with the crew and other passengers - thought it would be, we still prefer large ship cruising to river cruising, but we will try another one at a time of year when weather will be less of a factor.
Travel Advisor:  Rob Clabbers

Best service

By: PatKim

Reviewed on: 04 Aug 2017

Enjoyed all aspects of the ship. Staff made us feel special at all times.
Travel Advisor:  Ellen Markus

Awesome experience

By: Rod

Reviewed on: 11 Nov 2017

Great vacation with Avalon, not a single complaint. Well coordinated, professional with customer satisfaction as their number 1 priority. Would definitely book another trip with them. Ship was very clean, modern, employees were fantastic

Exceeded our expectations!

By: Bob and Pat

Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2017

There wasn’t a disappointing thing about the ship, from the accommodations, the food, the service, the entertainment, the educational talks, and especially the cruise director. We are so glad we went with Avalon.
Travel Advisor:  Vira Mastroianni


By: Kay

Reviewed on: 18 Nov 2017

We loved the Avalon Waterways Illumination ship. The Cruise Director was on top of everything. And, she was funny. She could be a stand-up comic. Everything was always on time. The food was wonderful. The price of everything was affordable. The included tours were excellent. All the tour guides were locals and very knowledgeable. The cabins were spacious.

River and Tulip Cruise

By: anonymous

Reviewed on: 31 May 2018

Everything was beyond my expectations. Stateroom was roomy and very comfortable. Crew were all very friendly and helpful. Meals were all really great. Land trips were informative and fun.
Travel Advisor:  Francoise Campbell

Excellent - exactly as advertised.

By: VJ

Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2018

Great room and amenities. Excellent food and staff.
Travel Advisor:  Maureen Johnson
Not Recommended


By: Globe

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2018

The trip was so disappointing. We never got to really enjoy the full experience of the river cruise because our itinerary was changed so radically. We spent more time in buses or planes than on the boat. The boat and crew were great but we spent more time in the locks or at dock than cruising. Disappointing.


By: Travelfan

Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2019

We have been on several Avalon ships ...liked them all...prefer small ships...less people than big cruise ships
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Knopf

Avalon Illumination Budapest to Amsterdam

By: Mrs. Picky

Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2019

A wonderful trip full of new adventures. It was well planned out with ample free time for shopping, relaxation, and alone time. The staff were all excellent , exceeding our expectations for service. The food was very good and we noticed that people with special needs such as celiac etc were well cared for. Our ship had a minor accident and Avalon staff went over and above to compensate us for the disruption to our trip. We were well cared for from beginning to end.
Travel Advisor:  Lorrie Dirksen

Again, do not understand question

By: Gil

Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2019

Very enjoyable. A pleasant trip.
Travel Advisor:  Rose Tomlinson