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    Jan 2013
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Avalon Illumination overview

See the old world aboard the sleek new Avalon Illumination; unpack once and enjoy panoramic vistas from every turn or from your floating room with a view. Featuring an elegant dining room, spacious Sky Deck, state-of-the-art fitness center, and delicious regional and Western cuisine crafted from the highest quality local ingredients, the Illumination offers all the luxury and comfort of a boutique hotel. Step aboard the graceful Avalon Illumination as you immerse yourself in the culture and customs of historic cities and towns along the way, and let this magical one-of-a-kind cruise begin.

Avalon Illumination ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 5.0
  • Children's Programs 1.0
  • Destinations and Excursions 3.0
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.0
  • Entertainment 3.3
  • Food and Dining 4.0
  • Onboard Activities 3.0
  • Service and Staff 4.5
  • Ship Quality 4.5

Avalon Illumination cabins

6 cabin categories.

Oceanview Cabin


Avg. Size: 172 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $466/night
Suite Cabin


(2 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 225 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $634/night

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4 Avalon Illumination Reviews

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Good Cruise Romania Exceeded Expectations by adkresolve

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Avalon Illumination / Destination: River Cruises - Europe

Very worthwhile and a different experience than trips from Amsterdam to Budapest. Bucharest is remarkable 30 years after its "revolution." Do not be surprised by the economic condition of Bulgaria but beautiful country-side.

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Avalon let us down by alison411

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Avalon Illumination / Destination: River Cruises - Europe

Our cruise was cancelled.  No fault of Avalon.  What was their fault, however, was the appalling circumstances that followed.  We were put on a bus trip.  Hotels were below standard and not 5 star as promised.  Locations were away from decent restaurants and certainly not within walking distance for elderly patrons.  We were given money for food, however, we had to pay for taxis to get to restaurants.  Avalon discriminated against the US/European groups in favor of the Asians.  We were put into a substandard Hilton whilst they were put into the Kempinski,  We were totally ripped off.  Our money was taken under false pretenses.  We will never ever even think about Avalon or indeed any river cruise again.

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Excellent River Cruise by BBWDITTY

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Avalon Illumination / Destination: Europe

Service was excellent, cabin arrangement and bathroom were well laid out, food was very good.  All in all wonderful cruise.  The only negative was the tour in Serbia. Serbia guide was very vocal about United States Politics which was in very poor taste. 

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Aug 05, 2019

No need to sign up for optional tours unless there is something you really really want to do. Note that in Budapest private/non Avalon tours are available,particularly wine and country-side tours.

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