Avalon Waterways christened its tenth ship, the Avalon Luminary, in a ceremony in Hoorn, Netherlands.

The 138-passenger ship was christened on July 30 by the ship’s godmother, Virtuoso President Kristi Jones.

The Avalon Luminary has 65 staterooms and four junior suites. Each stateroom measures 172 square feet, and 90% have floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors. Each junior suite is 258 square feet each.

Each Luminary cabin also features a flat-screen television, Comfort Collection by Avalon bedding, a mini-bar and a safe. The ship offers laundry and ironing services.

AvalonLuminaryChristeningThe ship has a fitness room, library, hair salon and gift shop, as well as a club lounge, Jacuzzi and open-air Sky Grill on the sky deck.

In attendance at the christening were Thomas Ritter, CEO of Seehandlung, the financing company for the Avalon Luminary; ship captain Michael Hoffman; and Patrick Clark and Burghart Lell of Avalon Waterways.

Following the christening, the new vessel set sail on an inaugural Romantic Rhine cruise. The Luminary will sail nine-day itineraries between Amsterdam and Basel and between Zurich and Amsterdam (both are called Romantic Rhine) for the remainder of 2010.

The ship will also sail Christmastime cruises in Germany.

The Luminary is 92% sold for 2010, Avalon said.

In 2011, the Avalon Luminary will sail European itineraries that include Tulip Time Cruise, Central European Experience, Magnificent Europe, Blue Danube Discovery, the Legendary Danube, Windmills, Vineyards & Paris and a wine-themed cruise on the Rhine and Moselle rivers.

The Avalon Luminary is sister ship to the Avalon Felicity, Creativity and Affinity.

In May 2011, Avalon will launch the Avalon Panorama, with 64 newly-designed, 200-square-foot suites on the top two decks.

Avalon will retire the 178-passenger Avalon Artistry (built in 2004) and the 176-passenger Avalon Poetry (built in 2005) at the end of this year.

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