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.

18 Avalon Luminary Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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Member Since 2017
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Sailed April 2017
First time on a river cruise- it was terrific. Ship had many common areas, cabin was a good size, and food was delicious at every meal. Excursions were great and tour guides were knew every fact. Every activity started on time. ... Read more
Member Since 2016
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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 ... Read more
Member Since 2009
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Sailed September 2016
We chose to sail with Avalon has we have done so twice previously and really enjoyed the ship and service. We like having an included tour in each port, but also having the choice to go off and do our own thing in the afternoons.We do not ... Read more
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