Cruise Tips / Four Great Sails of the Season

Shipsahoy shares the four holiday sails that are perfect for a Christmas getaway!

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By: Ilona Kauremszky

For clients this season’s holiday wish list doesn’t have to be drab sweaters or other purchases that most likely will end up at the returns desk post holidays.

Why not have them deliver wishes that can best be appreciated on board a ship.

Picture a river cruise passing by the finest Christmas markets, in all of Europe. Or better yet, have them enjoy the holidays with family and close friends on board a floating hotel that just happens to stop by the story book settings.

Here are four holiday sails worth rapping about:

Christmas in Germany with Viking

Romance and family-fun are wrapped in one incredible holiday river cruise from Viking River Cruises. Clients discover beer gardens, wine cellars and Christmas markets in the birthplace of “Oh Tannenbaum,” and, “Stille Nacht.”

On board the Viking Longship Var, a sophisticated ambiance meshes in a comfortable setting. A family cruise but an adult favourite, couples spread good tidings and holiday cheer with onboard festivities –be it gingerbread baking classes with the executive chef to decorating the ship’s Christmas tree.

The goods: In this cruise featuring 5-guided tours along two rivers, the Rhine and the Main, clients embark on the classic fairytale sail between Nuremberg and Cologne.

Sightseeing surprises: There’s the iconic Christmas market of Nuremberg in Old Town’s Main Market Square, and the hot spiced win gluhwein. 8 days vikingrivercruisescanada.com/cruise-destinations/europe/christmas-germany/2017-nuremberg-cologne/index.html

Uniworld’s Classic Christmas Markets

Clients uncover holiday magic in a remarkable luxury all-inclusive voyage filled with German yuletide experiences. They sail through Christmas country on board the regal River Queen, a ship reminiscent of the 1930s with its elegant Art Deco interior. Clients will savour seasonal flavours and can curl up by the fireplace knowing their butler has all the details covered. This popular cruise is a favourite with multigenerational families.

The Goods: Explore the picturesque Main River between Frankfurt and Nuremburg on board the Uniworld River Queen.

Sightseeing Surprises: Clients tour the famous Nativity Walk in Bamberg’s Old Town. Also they travel along the “Romantic Road” to Germany’s best preserved walled city, Rothenburg, home to one of Germany’s oldest Christmas markets. 8 days uniworld.com/ca/river-cruise/europe/rhine/classic-christmas-markets/2017-nuremberg-to-frankfurt/

Avalon Waterways Festive Time on the Blue Danube Discovery

Clients can celebrate the season on this classic river cruise. They sail on board the Avalon Illumination with its amenities galore which includes a seasonal food and beverage scene of complimentary regional wines and beer with meals.

The Goods: Clients will explore the majestic Danube River starting in Budapest and end with a detour in Prague.

Sightseeing Surprises: There are the unique Christmas markets of Budapest, and in Vienna, the season’s flavours sampled in a culinary walking tour. 13 days avalonwaterways.com/river-cruise/festive-time-on-the-blue-danube-discovery/wbn-t1/?nextyear=true

Scenic Christmas Markets

The Scenic Space-Ship is the go-to vessel for clients on this holiday sail. Outfitted like a 5-star hotel from butler service and gourmet dining paired with the finest vintages including spacious suites that come in handy for those shopping trips, the luxury river cruise has mastered the finest details.

The goods: Clients explore three legendary rivers — Rhine, Danube and Main –in one trip. The Scenic Space-Ship sails between Budapest and Amsterdam.

Sightseeing surprises: Clients can channel their inner-kid at the delightful Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum in Rudesheim. 15 days scenic.ca/river-cruises/river-cruises-europe/chma/5473-christmas-markets

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