Christmas River Rhine Cruise aboard MS Serenity
Enjoy a Christmas with a difference and join this leisurely cruise through the Rhine Valley. There are no festive pressures, with all the traditions taken care of at this magical time of year. The ship is seasonally decorated, there’s a mountain of delicious festive food, a fun-filled programme of entertainment and with the ship’s friendly crew at your service throughout, all that’s left for you to do is relax and enjoy yourself on this very special Christmas Cruise – yule love it!
Day 1 UK – Cologne
Travel to the beautiful city of Cologne and board the ship, where you can relax and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Set sail this evening to Bonn.
Day 2 Christmas Eve: Bonn – Andernach
Spend the morning at leisure discovering the many faces of Bonn’s historic centre and the architectural heritage of more than 2,000 years. Around midday cruise upriver to Andernach, an attractive walled town with a riverside promenade. This evening gather together for a Christmas Eve dinner, after which the Cruise Manager will accompany anyone who wants to attend midnight mass at the local church.
Day 3 Christmas Day: Andernach – Rüdesheim
Merry Christmas! Continue cruising upriver through the spectacular Rhine Gorge to the quaint wine town of Rüdesheim. After a traditional British Christmas lunch, you can join an optional excursion which includes a visit to the wonderful Mechanical Music Museum of Siegfried and a mug of glühwein. This evening you can venture into the captivating street called the Drosselgasse or relax onboard the ship and enjoy the entertainment.
Day 4 Boxing Day: Rüdesheim – Koblenz
Boxing Day takes us back through the Rhine Gorge as far as the walled city of Koblenz, where the Moselle meets the mighty Rhine. The afternoon is free to explore Koblenz.
Day 5 Koblenz – Königswinter
Continuing the course down the Rhine, stop at the sleepy town of Königswinter which nestles at the foot of the Siebengebirge hills. You can explore at leisure or join the optional excursion through the Ahr valley, where you visit the oldest wine cooperative in the world for a tour and tasting.
Day 6 Königswinter – Cologne
We complete our cruise on arrival in Cologne. This beautiful city is the largest on the Rhine and is dominated by its cathedral, a gothic masterpiece which hovers above the rooftops. You are free to explore this vibrant city, or you can join our optional highlights excursion.
Day 7 Cologne – UK
This morning bid farewell to captain and crew and disembark for the return journey to the UK.
• Return coach travel from the UK
• Return Eurotunnel
• Welcome drink, Captain’s get together and party night
• En-suite cabin accommodation aboard the MS Serenity in main deck cabin
• Six nights’ cruise on a full board basis
• Traditional Christmas lunch
• Complementary tea and coffee
• Entertainment every night of your cruise
• Visits to Bonn, Andernach, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Koningswinter and Cologne
• Services of a Cruise Manager
Pre-book package price | £28.00 - saving £15 per person
Enhance your holiday experience with a range of optional excursions that allow you to discover the history of our ports of call, experience the tradition of local regions and explore further afield. They’re the perfect complement to your cruise itinerary, but they are subject to availability so we recommend you book early!
Rüdesheim Delights | £15.00
The quaint town of Rüdesheim holds a particular charm during the winter months, with the wine bars, streets and narrow alleys bustling with seasonal festive fayre and sales of its regional Rheingau wines and beers. In Rüdesheim’s most captivating, inclined street called the Drosselgasse, you can seek out a souvenir bottle or two along with some local Asbach brandy. A highlight of the excursion is a visit to the marvellous Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, where fascinating examples of early 1900 mechanical music making systems can be viewed. Topping off your visit will be the offer of a complimentary mug of Glühwein, with the invitation to keep our mug as a souvenir.
Ahr Valley Wine | £19.00
Venture into the most northerly winemaking region in Germany to enjoy some wine tasting. The grapes that grow here on steep, terraced vineyards make glowing, velvety red wines which are among the best of their kind. It’s a tradition established by the Romans and one that continues to this day.
Cologne Highlights | £9.00
With the cruise manager, walk to see the highlights of Cologne, a city dominated by the magnificent gothic cathedral, believed to be Germany’s most impressive building which took 600 years to complete. You can also enjoy free time to browse the famous shopping centres. In the run up to the festive season the city hosts its own Christmas market, which creates a magical atmosphere and offers a glorious array of original gifts.
Overview of cruise ship – MS Serenity
The MS Serenity is a premier, 4-star cruise ship – a floating hotel which visits some of the most beautiful places in Europe.
From her distinct claret and cream colours on the outside, to the polished interiors and exquisite meals – there’s an air about this ship that exudes style and yet the atmosphere is warm and friendly. There’s also plenty of space to gather with friends and chat over drinks or enjoy some quiet time in your own company. Even the cabins are an inviting space to relax, with those on the Panorama Deck offering excellent river views from a French balcony.
The spacious restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy your included meals, where you are looked after by the highly professional and friendly service team. Meals are served at a single sitting and the menus include international cuisine along with traditional local dishes, freshly prepared by your on -board chef.
The spacious Sun Deck, which stretches nearly the whole length of the ship, offers uninterrupted 360-dregree panoramic views of your stunning surroundings.
The spacious and attractive lounge is located on the Panorama Deck and ensures much cosiness on board. It’s a great place to meet your fellow guests and relax as you watch the scenery pass by.
Located at the rear of the ship, as well as great views from the inside, this is a more low-key alternative.
All of the outside cabins aboard the MS Serenity have a bright modern feel, are appointed with tasteful decor, twin beds, en suite shower with wc, air conditioning, radio, satellite TV, safe and a hairdryer. There’s also plenty of storage space for your suitcases, along with a good size wardrobe and a small desk and chair. Each cabin has river views so you can watch the outside world drift by as much as you like. Choose from superb accommodation on the Main Deck, the Middle Deck, or the Panorama Deck.
Main Deck Cabin
Located on the lower deck and feature two small viewing windows. These cabins are the same size as the Middle and Panorama Deck cabins.
Middle Deck Cabin
These cabins are on the deck above the lower deck and feature large sliding windows. These cabins are the same size and shape as the Panorama Deck cabins.
Panorama Deck Cabin
These cabins are the highest standard rooms aboard the MS Serenity and are located on the upper deck. They boast a French balcony, which offers excellent river views.
For Your Information
▪ Non-refundable deposit £60.00 per person.
▪ Balance due 12 weeks prior.
▪ You will need to obtain your own travel insurance.
▪ 10 year British Passport required.
▪ Currency required: Euros
▪ The above itinerary is based on 2018, therefore 2019 itinerary is subject to change.
▪ Single cabins are on request and subject to availability.
Price shown is per person based on two people sharing a main deck cabin. Upgrades to a middle deck or panorama deck cabin are available at a supplement. Single cabins are on request, subject to availability and will incur a supplement.
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