New Year Rhine Cruise (Dusseldorf - Strasbourg - Dusseldorf)

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It is an unforgettable experience to cruise along the Rhine River during the New Year period and visit festive European cities and a great number of Christmas markets throughout Germany and France!

Typically, the markets are set up about three weeks prior to Christmas in one or more locations around town, and we catch most of them during this cruise.

Beautifully decorated cities, towns and villages, skate rinks on the main squares, mulled wine and extremely hot sausages served with potato salad, - it is all about New Year time on the Rhine.

This period is perfect for shopping as well. Once the shopping’s complete you can sit back, relax and absorb the beautiful winter sceneries of picturesque snow-capped castles and frosted mountain peaks from the warmth of the ship.

languages on board
Deutsch, English, Espagnol, Français, Italiano
Program8 days 7 nights

Day 1

/ December 27
Dusseldorf

The arrival day, check-in starts at 16:00. If you arrive earlier, you can leave your luggage at the reception and explore the city on your own before the check-in

Meals: welcome buffet and dinner

*The transfer Dusseldorf airport - port can be provided for extra cost

Day 2

/ December 28
Koblenz

Enjoy the calm morning onboard taking your breakfast and viewing the passing scenery either from your cabin or from the lounge.

After lunch we arrive in Koblenz. Situated at the point where the Rhine and Mosell Rivers meet, this city has a history dating back 2 thousand years starting from when it was a Roman settlement.

The Christmas market, located in the old quarter, had more than 100 wooden huts and spead from the Church of Our Lady to various other squares. Dusk is one of the best times to visit these markets. The sky turns blue and all the lights come on in the booths illuminating merchants and customers in a warm glow.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Arrival14:00

Departure20:00

Day 3

/ December 29
Mannheim

You will certainly be impressed by the well-planned city of Mannheim situated on two important rivers – the Rhine and the Neckar.

One of the possibilities on this day is to visit Heidelberg, a historic university town that has survived since the 18th century. The ruins of a castle – the biggest ruin in Europe – have inspired generations of people, most famously the Romantics at the start of the 19th century.

Come and get inspired too!

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

*Guided walking city-tour of Heidelberg (with transfer from Mannheim) is provided for extra cost (included in the excursion package)

Arrival12:00

Departure19:00

Day 4

/ December 30
Strasbourg

We leave Germany to arrive in France for a full-day stop and to dive into colorful Alsace region and visit "le Capital de Noel", Strasbourg!

The whole day is yours: take your camera, a city-map and go directly to the district in the very heart of the city called La Petite France – to admire traditional “gingerbread” houses and beautiful narrow canals.

Walking along the typical Alsace streets you will find yourself by the impressive Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg. The city’s main landmark, the cathedral is constructed of dark pink sandstone, and built in the classic Gothic style.

Don't miss a canal cruise to see the city from a different angle!

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

*Guided bus & walking city-tour of Strasbourg is provided for extra cost (included in the excursion package)

Arrival09:00

Departure23:59

Day 5

/ December 31
Speyer & Mainz

Enjoy the New Year Eve morning in Speyer where Christmas and New Year market is held in front of the “Old Mint” (Alten Münze) in the famous Maximilianstrasse, with a view of the romantic imperial cathedral (Kaiserdom).

In the evening we arrive in Mainz to spend there the New Year night. Mainz is really famous for its fireworks all around the city during this special night, so that everyone can become a part of it or enjoy the performance from the Sun deck.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, Gala dinner

Day 6

/ January 1, 2020
Mainz & Rudesheim & Bonn

Early in the morning the ship leaves for Rudesheim to be there at 09AM. Do not miss your chancer to visit Rűdesheim, famous by its vineyards, delicious Rűdesheimer coffee and the Museum of mechanical musical instruments.

The next port of call will be Bonn located on the both banks of the picturesque Rhine River.

Between the stops you will enjoy the most important and certainly the most beautiful part of our itinerary – the Romantic Valley. Villages, towns, castles, vineyards and the fabulous Loreley with its legend – be sure to prepare your camera for the highlights of the cruise!

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7

/ January 2, 2020
Bonn & Cologne

After a peaceful morning in Boon, we depart for the city of Cologne full of different Christmas markets spread over the city.

Staying there from early morning till midnight you have a chance to feel the unique vibes of one of the most charming cities on the Rhine. After a delicious breakfast you will enjoy the city center: breathtaking Cathedral that survived both World Wars and cozy narrow streets with cafés and restaurants offering the famous “kölsch” beer.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

*Guided walking city-tour of Cologne is provided for extra cost (included in the excursion package)

Arrival14:00

Departure21:00

Day 8

/ January 3, 2020
Dusseldorf

Early arrival in Dusseldorf, check-out after breakfast

Meals: breakfast

*The transfer port - airport can be provided for extra cost

Kindly note that this is a preliminary program
The list and sequence of the proposed activities may slightly differ from one cruise to another.
Choose cabin

Your ship isMS Crucevita 5*

standard - main deck

▪︎ twin beds

Spacious riverview cabin of 12.3 sq. m with a clever layout and 2 panorama windows. Two twin beds are stowed away during the day to make room for 2 cosy armchairs.

Equipment: toilet & shower, a desk, a wardrobe, central air conditioning/ heating, hairdryer, safety deposit boxes, telephone, satellite TV.

Outlet: 2 220V sockets;

*no sockets in the bathroom.

€ 1005 per person
single occupation: +75%
Services

Our price includes:

  • accommodation in the cabin

  • live music at the bar every nightfull board

  • three meals per day (from the dinner on the arrival day to the breakfast on the departure day)

    *breakfast is a buffet-style with hot and cold dishes, healthy corener is available

    *lunch and dinner is a set-menu with a choice of a main dish (meat, fish or vegetarian)

  • early-riser breakfast with cookies and snacks every morning

  • bottled water in cabin replenished daily

  • afternoon high-tea: tea, coffee and cake or late night snack

  • welcome buffet

  • table tap water during meal services

  • tea/coffee for breakfast

  • 24-hour coffee-station

  • welcome and farewell captain’s cocktails (including 1 drink per person)

  • welcome and farewell captain’s dinner with special menu

  • luggage service pier – ship – pier

  • refreshments and hand towels after excursions

  • info-channel

Our prices doesn't include:

  • transfers (on request and for extra payment) to and from the port of embarkation / disembarkation

  • medical insurances

  • port tax (35 eur per person per cruise)

  • excursions (available on presale only)

  • extra bottled water

  • soft and alcoholic drinks during lunch and dinner

  • wi-fi

  • gratuities (recommended, 7 eur per person per day)

  • personal spendings

  • minibar

  • cabin numbers are provided 7 days before the cruise or at 50 eur supplement per cabin when booking

Add optional extras to your trip:

Excursion package that based on 3 tours:

*Walking city-tour of Cologne, 2h

*Walking city-tour of Heidelberg (with transfer from Mannheim), 3h

*Bus&walking city-tour of Strasbourg, 4h

Price per person is 150 eur

• Drink packages:

1) All-inclusive bar/lounge and restaurant during bar opening hours, ca. 09:30 – 24:00 midnight

Included: open wine, sparkling wine, draft beer, soft drinks, juices, coffee/tea

Price: 175 eur per person per cruise

2) Unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks and mineral water (still/sparkling) during lunch and dinner service

Price: 105 eur per person per cruise

3) 1 drink at lunch and 1 drink at dinner

Price: 52.50 eur per person per cruise

Kindly, note:

> any of 3 packages can only be booked for both guests in one cabin

> prices are valid ON PRESALE ONLY and available up to 2 weeks before each cruise

> packages are available for purchase onboard, the prices will be higher

• Transfers:

Dusseldorf airport - port - car for 2 persons - 80 eur per 1 car per 1 way