During the festive season, AmaWaterways’ luxury river cruise ships are lavishly decorated with swags, tinsel, huge Christmas trees and festive lights. Crew members join in carol singing, there is festive entertainment and games, fine dining and gala dinners. Gifts and treats are left in the cabins and, in true European tradition, to fill guests’ shoes left outside their cabin doors on Christmas Eve.
Christmas on the Danube
Sail from Budapest to Vilshofen via Bratislava, Vienna (especially beautiful at Christmas time), Melk and Krems, and the city of Linz, spending long enough in each destination to take in the festive atmosphere and shop for Christmas decorations, gifts and festive fare. Vienna alone has around twenty different Christmas markets, including the famous market in front of the Rathaus (town hall), while the other towns and cities en-route all have their own markets, nativity scenes and festive events.
Price example: Embark AmaBella in Budapest on 20 December and £1,999pp, including return UK flights, transfers, all meals, free flowing wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, wi-fi, free use of on board bicycles, daily tours and excursions.
Christmas on the Rhine
AmaWaterways’ Christmas Rhine cruise departs on ten dates pre-Christmas, from 24 November to 22 December. The seven night cruise sails from Amsterdam to Cologne, Koblenz, Rudesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg and Breisach, disembarking in Basel, and vice versa. This magnificent sailing offers guests the opportunity to visit some of Europe’s most spectacular Christmas markets, including the seven Christmas markets in Cologne and France’s best market in Strasbourg.
Price example: Embark AmaReina in Amsterdam on 21 December and enjoy a week’s Christmas market cruise from £1,699pp including return UK flights, transfers, all meals, free flowing wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, wi-fi, free use of on board bicycles, daily tours and excursions.