Avalon Luminary Review

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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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Avalon Luminary Member Reviews

I wanted to see more of Germany and I had never been to Vienna. This cruise had the ideal itinerary for my husband and I. We were able to fly to Zurich non-stop from New York and stay two nights and then meet our fellow passengers at their hotel and ... Read more
We picked this cruise for the itinerary and it was more than we expected. The cabin was a good size, the bed was very comfortable. Dining was excellent as was the service. Loved all the ports we visited. Would have liked to spend a little more time ... Read more
I would actually rate the ship 3-1/2 stars if that were an option. I chose this cruise because we wanted to do the Moselle and Rhine Rivers in one trip. This was the only line i found that offered that combo in August. We have done approx. 15 ... Read more
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August 2010
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