7-nt European Waterways River Queen
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A journey that will make you believe in holiday magic all over again.
Once upon a time, people gathered on cobblestone squares to buy the special tools and ingredients they needed to make the treats of the season. They kept warm with hot spiced wine, music and games while they shopped and chatted with the local tradesmen. Those were the first Christmas markets, 500 years ago. Today, though the light comes from twinkling electric bulbs rather than torches, bonhomie and fun still prevail.
Discover villages with fairytale houses and a friendly, festive atmosphere. Share traditional holiday goodies with the people who made them. Watch as modern children abandon their usual electronics and discover the enchantment of hand-carved wooden toys, as scents of cinnamon and roasting nuts fill the air. Sail through Christmas country, trying Frankfurt's famous apple cider, Bamberg's specially brewed holiday beer and Nuremberg's gingerbread. Throughout, cozy up to steaming mugs of gluhwein (warm spiced wine) and do as the locals do by collecting different mugs from each stall and town you visit. Embrace the holiday spirit in Germany, the land where many Christmas traditions began, and find the magic of the season in the smiles that you meet along the way.
Who will enjoy this cruise
Those wanting to experience the quintessential magic of the holidays while shopping for one-of-a-kind treasures and discovering the legends behind some of our most popular holiday traditions.
Generations Family Program (select sailing)
Share the magic of a European holiday with the special young people in your life on this multigenerational "Classic Christmas Markets" cruise filled with lots of family holiday merrymaking.
The regal River Queen, rated #1 ship in the entire cruise industry in the 2012 Conde´ Nast Traveler Readers' Cruise Poll, is the most unique river cruise ship in Europe. Her exterior resembles the great steamships of the 1930’s, while her plush interior provides a classical elegance reminiscent of the famous Art Deco style. Decorated in hues of blue and white, rich textured fabrics, and inspiring art, the River Queen is luxuriously designed with your ultimate comfort in mind.
Ship Length: 360 f Total Staff: 3 Guest Capacity: 13