Off Season River Cruising

Cruising is a convenient and luxurious way to explore Europe. You might want to consider visiting in the off season when there are some added advantages or in December when festive Christmas markets enhance the holiday season.

Exploring Western Europe by river ship has many advantages from all-inclusive simplicity to docking right in the heart of cities and towns. This is a vacation that offers a seamless experience and shows you Europe without contending with highways and traffic. Gliding serenely along the Rhine, Moselle, Elbe, Danube, Seine, Rhone, Duoro and Po is a whimsical experience further enhanced by fine cuisine and calls at Europe’s great cities and sights.

River cruising in the off season has added benefits. For many travelers cruising Europe’s rivers from October through December or March to May is the perfect time when there are fewer tourists and the weather is cooler for activities and sightseeing. Pricing is generally lower at these times as well.

For the holidays, Europe’s colorful Christmas markets create a joyful atmosphere which adds to the enjoyment of the season. Featuring Christmas handicrafts and cuisine, magnificent decorations and lighting, carol singing and concerts, these are markets at their finest! 

Christmas market river cruises are magical! Bake gingerbread cookies with the Executive Chef, decorate the Christmas tree and enjoy seasonal music with local musicians who come aboard your ship. Shop for hand-carved toys and enjoy grilled sausages and baked treats at market stalls in medieval town squares. This is a different type of vacation and one that lets you enjoy traditional festivities to celebrate the season. Christmas markets in Western Europe open from late November to the New Year and have become very popular for holiday shopping.

Celebrating Christmas and New Year during your river cruise is another wonderful experience. Escape the rush and bustle of this time of year by relaxing aboard your river ship and visiting Europe’s glorious capitals and towns along its rivers. Be enchanted as you ring in the New Year at a palace ball in Vienna or a gala dinner and party in the south of Spain.  

So why not consider river cruising as an off season option or get in the holiday spirit with a Christmas markets sailing? These are delightful ways to experience Europe that will create many unique memories.

Photo: The Netherlands
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