Avalon Luminary Review

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Why Choose Avalon Luminary?

  • Fifth river ship in Avalon Waterway's Scenery class
  • All-outside cabins are spacious for river ship
  • Sky Grill for outdoor dining

Avalon Luminary Overview

Avalon Luminary launched August 2010 as the fifth river ship in Avalon Waterway's "Scenery class" (Avalon Scenery debuted in 2008 as the first in the series). Like its sister ships, the 138-passenger new-build features an all-outside cabin setup, with standard cabins measuring 172 square feet and junior suites at 258 square feet. A number of Luminary's cabins have "French balconies," sliding glass doors with a protective railing (though you can't step out).

Onboard, passengers will find a sun deck with small pool, a "Sky Grill" for outdoor dining, two lounges, an open-seating dining room and a fitness center. The ship also boasts some of river cruising's most modern touches, including flat-screen televisions in the cabins and an elevator for general passenger use.

On an interesting technical note, the ship is outfitted with Avalon's Silent Drive System (SDS), a pod-propulsion system that the company says allows for a much smoother and quieter cruise.

Luminary sails traditional river cruise itineraries along Europe's great riverways, including the Rhine, Danube and their tributaries.

Editor's Note: Above photo is of Luminary's sister ship, Avalon Affinity.

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Ship Stats
Crew:  39
Launched:  August 2010
Decks:  4
Passengers:  138
CDC Score:  Not Yet Inspected
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10 Avalon Luminary Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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Member Since 2016
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1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
My adult daughter (27) and I just returned from an amazing week cruising the Rhine. Unfortunately, there was record-breaking flooding in Europe, so our departure was changed from Basel to Strasbourg, but we didn't miss much. The itinerary ... Read more
Member Since 2015
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4 helpful votes
First of all, Avalon does a fabulous job of catering to everyone. I just had seen the ads and was mentally prepared to float down the Danube, gazing romantically at the beautiful scenery along the way. Unfortunately, the Danube was too ... Read more
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
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2 helpful votes
This was our 2nnd cruise with AVALON; and we were not disappointed. The Luminary is a well-appointed ship with all the amenities needed for an upscale cruise experience. Our cabin had ample room for us and storage for our things; while the ... Read more

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