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Avalon Luminary Review

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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.



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Passengers : 138
Crew : 39
Passenger to Crew : 3.54:1
Launched : August 2010
Shore Excursions : 0

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

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Ship and Shore Exceeded our Expectations

Our ship, the Avalon Luminary, was beautiful and comfortable. We enjoyed every stop on the Danube cruise, with Budapest being our favorite city.... Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Our First River Cruise - A Grand Slam

This was the best vacation we have ever had, and we are already researching other Avalon Active Discovery cruises. Very, very well done!... Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Amazing Adventure on Avalon

Dining onboard the Luminary was top-notch. There are a variety of options at every meal, and all were delicious.... Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 40s

As advertised

Portages Due to low water conditions at 3 points, a cruise on the Avalon Luminary actually comprised 1 hotel, 3 different ships, and 3 portages.... Read More
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First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

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