Published on : 12/12/2014

The Spirit of Christmas - On the Water

If you have the same plans for Christmas every year, make this year's celebration special with an unforgettable and dreamlike Christmas cruise. Imagine exploring authentic Christmas markets, walking along cobbled streets embellished with holiday decorations, and attending Midnight mass in a historical cathedral.

CroisiEurope has several Christmas cruises that travel to various locations. Here is a sample of some that we offer:

Christmas on the romantic Rhine

You will experience the true Christmas spirit as you explore the colorful Christmas markets in Strasbourg. In this market, which was often voted "European Best Christmas Market” several years running, craftsmen display their handmade toys and trinkets in stands that stretch from the Place Broglie to the Cathedral Square. On the cruise ship, you will enjoy evening themes of "Tales of Christmas” and “Christmas Song” to keep the holiday celebrations alive.

You will attend midnight mass in Speyer or Worms Romanesque cathedral, one of the most beautiful and impressive German Cathedrals. On Christmas day, you will cruise on the Wild Rhine toward Strasbourg. The cruise also includes a visit to the museum of mechanical musical instruments in Rudesheim, a trip to see the celebrated Lorelei rock, and a visit to the Marksburg castle.

Christmas in Alsace: Potter Villages and Revue at the Royal Palace

If you love to celebrate Christmas with music and dancing, this is the cruise for you. Once you board in Strasbourg, you will first take a potter villages tour in northern Alsace. Afterwards, you will enjoy lunch and dancing at the Royal Palace in Kirrwiller followed by a variety show in the Music Hall Theatre. During the Ballet of the Royal Palace, all of your worries will fade away as you become lost in the dazzling talents of the artists and dancers.

You will also discover Strasbourg and its famous Christmas market, where the true joy of the holiday comes alive.

Christmas Markets in Alsace

If sipping on a glass of wine is your ideal way of celebrating, this cruise will certainly appeal to you. You will travel to Colmar and discover the Wine Route with its picturesque villages perfectly adorned for Christmas time. You will also visit a wine cellar and get the opportunity to taste local Alsatian wines.

You will also experience the Christmas Market located in old Colmar, with decorated streets that will invite you to wander and dream. In addition, you will get to visit Strasbourg's well-known Christmas market and have time to admire the entire city.

Christmas on the Danube River

If you are a history buff or have a Hungarian heritage, you will appreciate this Christmas cruise for various reasons. You can visit the stunning Schönbrunn castle, get a guided tour of Vienna, ride the Giant Ferris Wheel, visit Vienna’s monument and witness its musical tradition maintained by its opera. You will spend one day sailing toward Budapest on the Danube River, discovering its rich history and immense heritage.

You can attend one of many churches in Budapest for a Midnight mass, including one service that will be in Hungarian. On Christmas day, you can take a guided tour of Budapest, a two thousand year old city home to countless monuments such as the Matthias Church, the Opera, the Saint-Etienne Basilica and Heroes' Square.

Discover Brussels and Treasures of Flanders

If you love art and entertainment, this Christmas cruise will fill you with excitement. You will see the Christmas Market of Brussels, where local and international craftsmen set up various stands in small chalets around the Place de la Bourse, the fish market square and Place Sainte Catherine. Various entertainments in the market will create a lively and enthusiastic holiday environment.

You will also visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, which holds astonishing works of art including four paintings by Rubens, one of the most famous Flemish baroque painters. Christmas Eve and midnight mass will be spent in Ghent, which offers a variety of remarkable sites and cathedrals.

Enjoy a unique cruise on the Rhine River from Strasbourg to Amsterdam and immerse yourself in Christmas magic!

Christmas in the Bordeaux region on the Gironde and Dordogne Rivers

For a truly magical and peaceful Christmas experience, consider cruising through these regions. When you arrive in Bordeaux, you will enjoy dinner, cocktails, and an evening of dancing on the cruise ship. You will sail down the Garonne to the Gironde at Christmas time, passing alongside Cazeau and Patiras islands. You will enjoy a Christmas Eve dinner as you sail to Pauillac, where you can attend midnight mass.

You will also cruise to Blaye to visit the citadel, which overlooks the Gironde estuary and offers a spectacular panorama of the Dordogne River. You can also witness the medieval village of Bourg, the small village of Saint-Emilion with an immense architectural and historical heritage, and a guided tour of beautiful Bordeaux by night.

The holiday season shouldn't be stressful; it should be enjoyable and spectacular! Going on a CroisiEurope Christmas cruise will allow you to experience the true bliss of Christmas time. To make this year's Christmas a holiday worth remembering, contact CroisiEurope today.

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