Luxury Christmas Market River Cruises

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Welcome to a Christmas Market river cruise! Twinkling lights wherever you look, towns and cities aglow, the delightful scent of gingerbread in the air and a festive ambiance at every turn. Before you know it, the holidays will be here and you could be spending them in Europe on a special vacation as you journey in luxury to historic and culture-rich destinations.

Immerse yourself in the magnificence of an old-world holiday as you cruise majestic and storied waterways, including the Danube, Rhine and Seine rivers. Meaningful excursions, mouthwatering cuisine, including regional favorites and once-a-year delights will make your vacation festive and memorable.

Ideal for a multi-generational winter getaway, a festive Christmas market river cruise is not only fun, interesting and unique, but hassle-free! Relax and revel in the holidays without cooking, shopping at crowded stores or playing host. Simply glide from one incredible destination to another while being pampered along the way with attentive service, exquisite cuisine and spacious well appointed accommodations – most with a veranda. Imagine Magnificent City Hall, Belgium during Christmashaving everything done for you, while you are served special holiday dinners in beautifully decorated settings.

Onboard your luxury river boat, holiday lights and a convivial atmosphere will enhance your travels. Take special tours; enjoy music recitals, cocktail parties and celebrations reminiscent of days gone by.

Luxury Christmas market cruises are offered by several lines – most all-inclusive. AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, CroisiEurope, Emerald Waterways, Scenic, Tauck, Uniworld and Viking River Cruises all offer these unique voyages. Meander from large towns to small villages in Austria and Germany, as well as France. Some itineraries may also include The Netherlands and Hungary. Typically offered from November through December, they offer a festivity-filled holiday vacation experience like no other.

Favorite Christmas Markets

Night Lights Of The City On Christmas Night In PoznanJourney back in time to when people gathered on cobblestone squares to buy ingredients for their holiday treats, stayed warm with hot-spiced wine as people played musical instruments and participate in age-old holiday traditions as the locals do. Discover treasures at the markets, which offer everything from hand-carved nutcrackers to beautiful hand-blown tree ornaments, the perfect souvenir. Savor decadent brandy-filled chocolates, fruitcakes and gingerbread, including Germany’s classic heart-shaped delights. Warm up with some with glühwein, the area’s traditional mulled wine, with or without alcohol. Be part of the extraordinary experience and share the holiday joy with the locals.

Filled with hand-made crafts, the Budapest Christmas market on Vörösmarty Square is where a fair and festival are held and you can enjoy such traditional Hungarian foods as kenyér lángos, a bread – like dough with various toppings and rétes, the famous delicious strudel dating back to the 19th century and flódni – a traditional Jewish cake layered with poppy seeds, walnuts and a plum preserve filling. Musical events are often held here along with puppet shows on weekends, adding to the merry atmosphere.

Unrivalled for its beauty, tradition and ambiance, Nuremberg’s worldfamous Christkindlesmarkt is one of Central Europe’s oldest and largest holiday markets. Home to about 200 wooden candy cane striped stalls you’ll discover fabulous goodies. Brimming with hand-painted ornaments and toys, you can also ride a carousel and enjoy the joyful sounds of brass quintets. Highlights also include “Nuremberg Plum People,” tiny puppets made of prunes, figs and walnuts, with faces painted on them and  gold foil angels, traditionally made to top the Christmas tree.

Boasting several Christmas markets, Cologne’s oldest is Neumarkt, located in the main shopping area. Modern and elegant, the Floating Christmas Rathaus and christmas market in ViennaMarket is housed on a riverboat on the Rhine with pagoda tents and roof peaks reminiscent of sails on a ship.

Dating back to the 15th century, Christkindlmarkt in Salzburg is one of the oldest in Europe. Smaller than many with an intimate feel, the historic market features stalls situated under a floodlit baroque stage providing a lovely effect.

Journey along these storied waterways and feel like a child again as you take part in a magical time of year and celebrate the holidays with special yuletide events as you experience the wonder of Christmas like you never have before.

For more information on luxury Christmas Market River Cruises and our cruise deals, visit us at LuxuryTravelTeam.com or call our luxury travel experts at 1-866-738-2470.

The World’s Most Luxurious Ship Debuts- Seven Seas Explorer!

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Exuding elegance at every corner the palatial 55,254-ton, 750-guest Seven Seas Explorer made her debut in July 2016 in Monte Carlo amongst glamour, glitz and royalty. Christened by godmother Her Serene Highness Charlene of Monaco, it is no wonder that Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new masterpiece is described as the “world’s most luxurious ship.”

Over-the-top opulence on the all-suite, all-balcony breathtaking ship is ideal for those who desire only the best. Extravagantly designed lounges and theaters, five lavish gourmet restaurants and an unprecedented level of personalized service will impress even the most discerning travelers. Every precise detail was thought of, including nearly an acre of marble throughout the ship, some of which is Carrera from Italy; Murano glass, 158 dazzling crystal chandeliers and bespoke Versace place settings in the signature Compass Rose restaurant. Experience an unparalleled luxury cruise on this Regent Suite _ Master Bedroom (1)new ship, which boasts one of the highest space ratios in the industry for ultimate pampering. Her opulent suites boast some of the largest verandas at sea.

Spa-lovers will find an array of treatments offered at the lavish new Canyon Ranch SpaClub, making its debut on Seven Seas Explorer. Rejuvenate your senses with an Arctic-inspired massage using berry and evergreen oils or spend some time in the state-of-the-art infrared sauna. Also, featured here, is a beautiful infinity-edge plunge pool at the ship’s stern providing incredible views.

Premiering on Seven Seas Explorer is the ultra-opulent 4,500-square-foot Regent Suite which spans the entire width of the ship. Feel like royalty if you’re one of the privileged few to stay in this unique accommodation. Enjoy such exclusive amenities as a $250,000 custom-designed Steinway Arabesque grand piano and sleep like a baby on the finest bed — a Savoir No. 1. Boasting two bedrooms, a wrap around balcony, huge living room with a vista garden and floor-to-ceiling windows, among other thoughtful amenities, you may wish you could stay on indefinitely. Imagine receiving soothing unlimited treatments in your own en-suite spa room – as you can – because that is also featured – complimentary. Take a few moments to unwind in your suite’s sauna and steam room.

Evening entertainment includes four shows in the two-deck Constellation Theatre: Peggy Lee, featuring her 1950s hits; My Revolution, with 1960s music; a Parisian-style burlesque show and A Day In Hollywood, based on the Tony Award-winning musical.

Enticing foodies is the Culinary Arts Kitchen, with cutting-edge workstations, cooking classes and a Downton Abbey-inspired afternoon tea class.

Indulge in all-inclusive luxury cruising on the unrivaled Seven Seas Explorer. Currently sailing in the romantic Mediterranean, in December, she will cross the Atlantic to Florida where she will sail roundtrip from Miami to the Caribbean.

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Star Pride more Luxurious than Ever!

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Star Pride’s understated elegance is even more evident on the 212-guest, all-suite, ship after her extensive multi-million dollar refurbishment. Remodeled and stunning, she offers luxury cruisers much to enjoy during their “private yacht-style” vacation with Windstar Cruises. Many upgrades include remodeled suites, public areas and outside decks.

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Enhanced suites include the rebuilding of two Owner’s Suites now boasting a new indoor/outdoor floor plan and new interior designs. Private decks have also been added so you can now enjoy unique views over the ship’s bow.

Luxurious guest suites have gotten a makeover with high-end décor including coffee tables and new TVs. Convenient and comfortable sofa beds are found in the living rooms of select suites offering accommodations for triples.

Public Spaces

No detail was overlooked in the upgrading of Star Pride, even guest stairways and hallways are now graced with Windstar’s lovely blues and earth tones, continuing the nautical theme throughout. Stroll along freshly tiled and carpeted areas, bringing a delightful contemporary look to the elegant ship.

  • The Lounge – Guests will now be able to enjoy a newly created space for entertainment, meetings and small gatherings. New furniture, flooring, a lighting and sound system make it a popular spot.
  • Veranda: Dine in this popular restaurant now featuring alfresco seating in a new courtyard, boasting a lovely garden wall.
  • Amphora Restaurant: Redesigned, enjoy delicious cuisine in its lovely new seating arrangement boasting new floor and lighting.
  • Star Deck: Additional space was added to this top outdoor deck allowing guests more room to stroll along and enjoy the views from comfortable new deck chairs. Expanded by four feet on each side, there is also a new counter-current pool and whirlpool
  • Library: Catch up with your reading surrounded by new soft colors, artwork and furnishings at the updated Library.
  • Star Screening Room: Make yourself comfortable in this intimate venue and watch the latest movies and play video games.
  • Fitness Center: Work out in a wellness inspired atmosphere showcasing, among other things, new wall coverings, window treatments and more.

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Discerning travelers who want to see the world in private yacht-style splendor will enjoy the remodeled and luxurious Star Pride for the ideal “away from it all” vacation. Pampering begins the moment you board and you are surrounded in the finest of everything, from Egyptian cotton linens to exquisite culinary delights.

Feel like a VIP when you arrive in the Yacht Club and make an appearance at the chic lounges and Casino. Enjoy a workout in the Fitness Center and melt all your cares away with a relaxing treatment at the peaceful WindSpa.

Sail on the Star Pride in the Mediterranean until fall, when she will cruise in the Caribbean.

For more information on Windstar Cruises’ Star Pride and our cruise deals, visit us at LuxuryTravelTeam.com or call our luxury travel experts at 1-866-738-2470.

 

Luxury Crystal River Cruises™

 

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  • Six-Star service                                                      • All Suite Ships Two 500-square-foot Penthouse Suites   
  • Butler Service                                                         • Overnight stays in select ports
  • All Suite Ships                                                         • Electric & manual bikes for use in port
  • All-Inclusive amenities

Be one of the first privileged few to experience a journey along the storied rivers of Europe with luxury Crystal River Cruises, launching in July 2016. Discerning travelers who have enjoyed ocean cruising with award-winning Crystal Cruises will be equally thrilled on its state-of-the-art all-suite river ships or “river yachts.” If your preference is to vacation like royalty, stay in your choice of two 500- square-foot Penthouse Suites which are second to none.

Certain to be some of the most luxurious river ships to ever to grace this region, they will introduce a new level of Crystal’s six-star service, all-inclusive amenities, butler service in every suite and the highest staff-to-guest ratio of any European river ship. Exquisite gourmet cuisine – including at Michelin-starred restaurants and enrichment programs are sure to be just some of the many highlights.

Beginning in July, the first of the fleet, the 158-guest Mozart, will begin sailing on the Danube and promises to be on of the most beautiful to ever grace the region. Throughout 2017, more ships will be added, including Crystal Debussy, Crystal Bach, Crystal Ravel and Crystal Mahler.

Crystal Mozart will boast six dining options: open-seating in Waterside, the main restaurant; The Bistro, Blue, the Vintage Room where guests may Mozart_Interiorenjoy wine-pairing experiences, 24-hour room service and complimentary dining shore side at one of eight Michelin-starred restaurants. She will also feature a Palm Court with dance floor and glass-domed roof plus a spa and fitness center.

True luxury will make the well heeled feel right at home, including such industry-firsts as 250-square-foot guest suites with American king-size beds, walk-in wardrobes and bathrooms with double vanities.

Nothing stirs the imagination like the legendary capitals and exploring them from these 140-guest ships, referred to as “river yachts.” Whether you have previously visited this majestic, history-rich, part of the world or not, when you explore storied cities with Crystal River Cruises it will be a new luxury experience.

See Europe as you never have before with “Active Exploration Adventures”. These are special excursions wherein you can incorporate such choices as electric or manual bikes, hiking, Segways and kayaks into your voyage. Guests may enjoy one Crystal Adventures shore excursion in each port.

Experience Crystal River Cruises for unparalleled luxury on the most spacious, state-of-the-art fleet on the majestic rivers of Europe. Revel in the unique environment that sets river cruising apart from other travel experiences.

Diverse itineraries will include rivers in central Europe and stops in Austria, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria. The journeys will be during daytime hours, with overnight stops in ports allowing for the opportunity to dine at Michelin-star restaurants and local eateries.

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Azamara Club Cruises Overnight Adventures

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Visit some of the world’s most incredible destinations at a leisurely pace. Elevate your cruise experience with longer stays in places you love with a fabulous guest-friendly program introduced by Azamara Club Cruises called Overnight Adventures.

AZA_MarseillesDesigned to enhance your vacation, the newly introduced program offers guests the opportunity to enjoy two- and three-day land excursions enabling you to further explore various ports. After the land stay, simply rejoin the ship at its next port of call.

Immerse yourself completely during these extended stays onshore, where you may explore exotic treasures and spellbinding cities. Dine on scrumptious local cuisine and get a true feel for the culture of the various destinations. Enriching the luxury cruise further, is a dedicated team of expert guides who lead each “adventure” whereby participants may truly enjoy their experience onshore to the utmost. Everything is planned “to perfection” for discerning clients who expect the best. Also included in the Overnight Adventures are transportation, hotel and meals.

Some Highlights:

Ancient Temples of Bagan

Explore hidden mysteries on a two-day expedition of Yangon, Myanmar, boasting some of Asia’s richest archeological sites. Founded in 849 AD, Bagan is home to 3,000 ancient temples, monuments and pagodas. Marvel as you stand at the Sunset Temple, visit a local market and view the many wonders here.

Venice and Florence: Grand Italian Adventure

Spend time in one of the most remarkable places in the world – Italy. Art-lovers and foodies will find their nirvana in the cultural-rich cities of Venice and Florence with some of its world-famous culinary delights. Stroll along the Renaissance streets and see works by masters such as Michelangelo.

Experience these thrilling, world-famous cities plus many more, in addition to lesser known hidden gems with Overnight Adventures. Experience the luxury travel experience that Azamara Club Cruises is known for as you enjoy the many delights of immersive cruising.

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For more information on Azamara Club Cruises’ Overnight Adventures and our cruise deals, visit us at LuxuryTravelTeam.com or call one of our luxury travel experts at 1-866-738-2470.