Avalon Illumination

Shining bright in Avalon's award-winning fleet of Suite Ships, the Avalon Illumination features two full decks of Panorama Suites with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that transform your living space into river cruising's only Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, affording you the incomparable opportunity to wake each morning to splendid passing scenery from your window-facing bed. Stretch out on your Comfort Collection bed and cruise with the world at your feet. Onboard amenities include an alternative light dining option in the Panorama Bistro, a Fitness Center, complimentary Starlink Wi-Fi access, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the Sky Bistro on the Sky Deck. The Avalon Illumination truly shines on Europe's rivers.


Accomodation Types

SUITE DREAMS. SWEETER MORNINGS.

Linger a little longer by starting the day with complimentary Continental breakfast room service. With the world at your feet from your window-facing Comfort CollectionSM bed, savour the best view to sweeten your morning coffee with the widest view in river cruising. 

AWAKEN TO A NEW WORLD

It's hard to tell where the luxury of your Panorama Suite ends and the world outside begins. Rise each day to your wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling Panorama Window creating the industry's only Open–Air Balcony®—with nothing between you and the view.

CONSIDER YOURSELF AT HOME

Your choice of Comfort Collection℠ mattresses and pillows. Egyptian cotton sheets and European-style duvets. Premium L’Occitane® bath products. Plush bath towels, robes, and slippers. Marble-top bathrooms with roomy glass-enclosed showers. Fully stocked mini bar. State-of-the-art flatscreen TVs with a bounty of entertainment options, and complimentary Starlink Wi-Fi. These thoughtful amenities, inviting design touches, and generous living space make Avalon an award-winning envy of other river cruise companies. So, consider yourself at home—but with a better view!

YOUR ROOM IS READY

Most small-ship designers miss the boat when it comes to cabins. They think you’ll be happy with a space that amounts to a forgotten spare room. At Avalon, we have a bigger idea. In addition to our award-winning Deluxe Staterooms, 100% of our European fleet of Suite Ships® include our 200-square-foot Panorama SuitesSM or the 300-square-foot Royal Suite - both featuring the widest views in river cruising. Avalon has knocked the notion of a bed facing the wall on its ear - with our sumptuous Comfort Collection Beds℠ that look to the view, instead of another piece of furniture.

Royal Suite

Room Features

  • Comfort Collection Beds
  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • European-style duvets
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Hairdryer
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Alarm clock
  • Make-up mirror
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Sofa
  • Coffee table
  • Double sinks
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • USB Ports
  • One King-Sized Bed or Two Twins


Panorama Suite

Room Features

  • Comfort Collection Beds

  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • European-style duvets
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Hairdryer
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Alarm clock
  • Make-up mirror
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Marble countertops in bathroom
  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air Balcony
  • 6-person sitting area
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Sofa
  • Coffee table
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • One Queen-Sized Bed or Two Twins
  • USB Ports


Avalon Deluxe Stateroom

Room Features

  • Comfort Collection Beds

  • Luxurious mattress toppers
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • European-style duvets
  • Soft & firm pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Hairdryer
  • L'Occitane bath products
  • Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
  • Alarm clock
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Well-stocked minibar
  • Complimentary water
  • In-room safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Two windows
  • Full shower with glass door
  • Writing desk and chair
  • Vanity and lighted makeup mirror
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • One Queen-Sized Bed or Two Twins
  • USB Ports



Deck Plans

SUITE DREAMS. SWEETER MORNINGS.

Linger a little longer by starting the day with complimentary Continental breakfast room service. With the world at your feet from your window-facing Comfort CollectionSM bed, savour the best view to sweeten your morning coffee with the widest view in river cruising. 

AWAKEN TO A NEW WORLD

It's hard to tell where the luxury of your Panorama Suite ends and the world outside begins. Rise each day to your wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling Panorama Window creating the industry's only Open–Air Balcony®—with nothing between you and the view.

CONSIDER YOURSELF AT HOME

Your choice of Comfort Collection℠ mattresses and pillows. Egyptian cotton sheets and European-style duvets. Premium L’Occitane® bath products. Plush bath towels, robes, and slippers. Marble-top bathrooms with roomy glass-enclosed showers. Fully stocked mini bar. State-of-the-art flatscreen TVs with a bounty of entertainment options, and complimentary Starlink Wi-Fi. These thoughtful amenities, inviting design touches, and generous living space make Avalon an award-winning envy of other river cruise companies. So, consider yourself at home—but with a better view!

YOUR ROOM IS READY

Most small-ship designers miss the boat when it comes to cabins. They think you’ll be happy with a space that amounts to a forgotten spare room. At Avalon, we have a bigger idea. In addition to our award-winning Deluxe Staterooms, 100% of our European fleet of Suite Ships® include our 200-square-foot Panorama SuitesSM or the 300-square-foot Royal Suite - both featuring the widest views in river cruising. Avalon has knocked the notion of a bed facing the wall on its ear - with our sumptuous Comfort Collection Beds℠ that look to the view, instead of another piece of furniture.

Sky Deck

  • Sky Lounge (1)
  • Navigation Bridge (2)
  • Sky Grill (3)
  • Whirlpool (4)
  • Premium Lounge Chairs and Shade Awnings (5)
  • Deck Game Area (6)

Royal Deck

  • Observation Lounge (7)
  • Panorama Bistro (8)
  • Panorama Lounge (9)
  • Bar (10)
  • Reception (11)
  • Adventure Center (12)
  • Lobby (13)
  • Elevator (14)
  • Club Lounge (15)
  • Cat. P Panorama Suites 
  • Royal Suites

Sapphire Deck

  • Galley (16)
  • Dining Room (17)
  • Cat. A & B Panorama Suites

Indigo Deck

  • Fitness Centre (18)
  • Cat. D & E Deluxe Staterooms


Dining

While we’re frequently lauded for our exceptional cuisine, we’re also praised for our menu of dining venues. Whether you’re in the mood for the elegance of the glass-walled Panorama Dining Room, the coziness of the Panorama Bistro, or the breeziness of the Sky Grill, we have just the table—or picnic basket—for you.

FARM-TO-FORK FARE.

Fresh. Organic. Local. While you take in the bountiful views, our innovative chefs bring the local bounties to your plate.

THE FOODS YOU LOVE…MINUS INGREDIENTS THAT DON’T LOVE YOU BACK

Our Avalon kitchens are designed to cater to your dietary sensitivities with ease. In fact, you’re invited to share any restrictions or preferences with us on day one so that we may make your dining experience worry free and wonderful! Dig in to a variety of delicious options at every meal to accommodate your unique dietary requirements, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, or other special dishes prepared upon request to accommodate any sensitivities or allergies to keep you feeling great!

Our menus are complete with allergen labels, indicating which dishes include the following ingredients: gluten, milk products, eggs, peanuts, fish, crustaceans, lupines, nuts, sulfur dioxide and sulfites, celery, mustard, sesame seed, soy, and mollusks.

Included Amenities

  • Chef-prepared onboard meals with regional cuisine and familiar favorites

  • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
  • Avalon Fresh® healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Spacious, open-seating Panorama Dining Room
  • Daily breakfast buffet with full range of classic breakfast items, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and daily a la carte specials
  • Complimentary room service for Continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Daily lunch buffet featuring regional specialties, classic dishes, healthy Avalon Fresh® options and rotating chef’s features including carving & pasta stations. Alternatively, you may dine al fresco at our Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather and itinerary permitting) or enjoy a light lunch in the Panorama Lounge.
  • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
  • Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
  • Linger over several selections from the Panorama Bistro's tasting menu for a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere
  • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Avalon FlexDining® flexible dining times with menu & venue options
  • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan, low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, high energy and allergy-free selections
  • Panorama Lounge & Bar with premium spirits, cozy seating, panoramic windows & dance floor
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails with sparkling wine & canapés
  • Included Happy Hour every evening featuring house beer, wine, cocktails and a drink of the day
  • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
  • Specialty coffees, espresso drinks and beWell Essence flavored and infused water available throughout each day

Panorama Dining Room

Experience complimentary · Cuisine classic

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. 

AVALON FRESH

With our exclusive Avalon Fresh menu, you can take an indulgent cruise without drifting from your healthy habits. From energizing juices at breakfast to artfully crafted salads at lunch to high-protein plates at dinner, Avalon Fresh options—including vegetarian and vegan specialties—are available at every meal so you can guiltlessly partake in creative cuisine without sacrificing great taste.

Sky Grill

Experience cover · Cuisine casual

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 Grill.

Room Service

Experience cover · Cuisine room

Room service is available for Continental breakfast & beverages.


Entertainment

Your favorite chair. Your go-to snack. Your signature sip. You can’t help but feel at home aboard an Avalon Suite Ship. Avalon cruisers know that feeling aboard our intimate Suite Ships—not as another face in the crowd or a number on a guest list. When you cruise with Avalon, there are certain words you’ll never hear on board. “Take a number” is simply not in our vocabulary. That’s because our staff—from captain to crew to housekeeping to chefs—know the meaning of ‘You First’ when it comes to worldclass service. With a 3:1 guest-to-crew ratio, you’ll enjoy personalized VIP treatment delivered with a relaxed luxury that’s never stuffy—just home, sweet home.  

CONSIDER YOURSELF AT HOME

Like magic, Avalon makes wide open spaces feel comfy and cozy with the perfect spots to stretch out and enjoy the view, engaging conversation, or the peace and quiet you crave. From the Club Lounge to the Observation Lounge to the Panorama Lounge, you’re sure to find the perfect place to take it all in.

Panorama Lounge

The Panorama Lounge can be found on the Royal Deck.

Club Lounge

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

Reception

The Reception can be found on the Royal Deck.

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. 


Enrichment

CURATE YOUR CURIOSITIES.

The greatest days are the ones where we wake to a wide-open agenda, a world of possibilities and a blank canvas to color as we please. All Avalon cruises present an exciting menu of included Avalon Choice excursions that put our cruisers in the pursuit of history, mystery, culture, and cuisine with an unparalleled variety in elevated ways. With Avalon, cruisers can be choosers.

Play your way with included Choice Excursions!

Paddle through picturesque landscapes or pedal through classic cityscapes. Stir up delicious dishes passed down through generations or mix up paints to trace the strokes of artistic geniuses. Dream through ancient castle halls or dally along the alleys of cobblestoned villages. Pick how you play with exclusive and included Avalon Choice excursions for the perfect way to play to your preferences, passion, and personal style. 

A LOCAL GUIDE WHO’S ACTUALLY LOCAL.

What is an Expert Local Guide? It goes without saying, but we think a true local guide knows the region from experience—not a guidebook. Your local guides on an Avalon Waterways vacation have a passion for sharing the legends and stories behind the sites. They love to share their corner of the world with you, so you walk away with a true feeling and understanding for newly discovered destinations.

Active Excursions

FOR THE MOVER.

Whether you enjoy sightseeing by kayak, on two wheels, or on your own two feet, you’ll relish the energy of Avalon’s Active excursion collection. Biking, hiking, and boating tours pack real get-up-and-go for those who like to do the same.

Discovery Excursions

FOR THE DOER.

An awakening for the senses, Avalon’s Discovery excursions present heartwarming, brain-tingling, hands-on adventure. Pull up a chair to hear a Viennese waltz, roll up your sleeves to paint like Van Gogh, or grab an apron to whip up a local delicacy.

Classic Excursions

FOR THE DREAMER.

Nothing beats the classics! Avalon’s Classic excursions put you in the story with timeless tales on guided tours in iconic cities, capitals, and castles. Skip the lines while your heart skips a beat in the rooms where history happened. 

Adventure Center

Adventure Center with gear and guidance to explore your way. Avalon Adventure Host℠ to direct or accompany you on active pursuits. Also included? Freedom. The freedom to enjoy river cruising your way. You’re not like everyone else.

  • Bikes
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitbits®
  • Walking Sticks
  • Binoculars
  • Daypacks
  • Yoga Mats
  • Fitness bands


Health & Fitness

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.


Kids & Teens

Avalon allow travellers from the ages of 8 and over although there are no children’s facilities on-board.


Useful Information

Freedom Included. Rules not allowed.

Regional wine and beer with lunch and dinner. Complimentary continental breakfast served in your room. Onboard cultural presentations and local entertainment. Onshore excursions with expert Local Guides. A choice of Avalon FlexDining® menus and venues on board to dine when and where you like. Round-the-clock cappuccinos. Free Wi-Fi. Adventure Center with gear and guidance to explore your way. Avalon Adventure Host℠ to direct or accompany you on active pursuits. Also included? Freedom. The freedom to enjoy river cruising your way. You’re not like everyone else. Why should your river cruise be like everyone else's?

Accessibility

Avalon Waterways makes reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of disabled and mobility impaired travellers but is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so. Because we cannot provide individual assistance to travellers in many situations, and most of our transportation services are not equipped with wheelchair ramps, we recommend that you view our terms and conditions for details and contact us to learn more.

Age Restriction

In our many years of cruising experience, we have found that children under the age of eight typically are too young to fully enjoy a cruise vacation. Because of this and for the safety and enjoyment of all passengers, we do not accept children under eight years of age. In addition, please note that there are no special arrangements or activities for children on our ships.

Dietary Requirements

Avalon Waterways will try their best to accommodate dietary requirements if they are mentioned at the time of booking.

Dress Code

Your comfort is our first concern. Onboard and onshore dress codes are casual. Please bring comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing. Dinner attire is casual—open-neck shirts and slacks for men; slacks, skirts, or dresses for ladies. Coats and ties may be worn if preferred. The Welcome and Farewell Dinners in Europe are dressy, but not formal. On the Mekong, Amazon, and Galápagos, dress attire, including coats and ties, is not recommended due to the warm, humid climate.

Smoking Policy

All ships have non-smoking interiors. Smoking is permitted only in a designated outdoor area of each ship.

Internet Access

All Avalon ships in Europe have complimentary Wi-Fi available. On the Mekong, complimentary Wi-Fi access is available in the Panorama Lounge. The signal is not always reliable, as you will be cruising through remote areas. To access the ship's Wi-Fi Internet network, you will be given a PIN number at reception to use on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Wi-Fi is not available in the Amazon or Galápagos.

Medical Facilities

Due to the proximity to land, onshore medical services can be called rapidly. On Amazon and Galápagos ships, first-aid-trained staff is available.

Laundry

Laundry service is available on board for a modest fee. Check the price list in your stateroom. Clothes cannot be dry cleaned on board. For safety reasons, we ask that passengers do not iron their clothes in the staterooms as this is a safety hazard. Onboard laundry service will press your clothes for a fee. Laundry service is not available in the Galápagos.

Air Conditioning & Heating

All rooms on the ships are air conditioned and heated. All ships have individual controls in the staterooms.

Sustainable Travel

Avalon is committed to minimizing its impact on the environment and to reducing its dependence on non-renewable resources. In this endeavor, we have implemented policies to support this mission and are working carefully to enhance our products with this mission and our values combined. We are committed to complying with all relevant legislation and/or regulations.

Avalon maintains a policy of "Leave Only Footprints and Take Only Photos." Our staff and major service providers strive to ensure that no removal of any natural or cultural artifacts or materials occurs to ensure each environment looks and functions the same before and after our visit. Our cruise directors educate passengers on our "do no harm" code of conduct to ensure passenger compliance.