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Rhine River Cruise

Rhine River Cruises

The Rhine is deservedly amongst the most popular river cruise destinations in Europe, with its mix of rich history, fairytale castles perched high above terraced vineyards and fascinating waterside towns.

The mighty River Rhine is one of Europe's major arteries, flowing from the Swiss Alps through diverse and beautiful landscapes in Germany, France and Holland, where it enters the North Sea.

Cruise Collection 2019 / 2020

  • The Romantic Rhine Valley

    4 Nights - Strasbourg and Back

    France Choice of Ships

    Enjoy this short-break cruise from Strasbourg along the scenic River Rhine towards Koblenz and Rudesheim, past numerous castles nestled in the famed vineyards, and the Lorelei Rock 2019 - May, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save 15% on 2020 departures!

    Strasbourg Cruise Only
    From £536pp
    Fly Cruise Package
    From £906pp
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  • Yuletide Markets on the Rhine

    4 Nights - Cologne and Back

    Charles Dickens Choice of Ships

    Visit some of the best Christmas markets in Germany on this cruise along the River Rhine visiting the fairytale towns and cities of Rudesheim, Koblenz, Bonn and Cologne. Includes shore excursions and return flights from the UK or return Eurostar from London St Pancras 2019 - Dec

    Cologne No Fly Cruise
    From £579pp
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  • Romantic River Rhine

    5 Nights - Strasbourg and Back

    France Choice of Ships

    A 5-night cruise of the River Rhine from Strasbourg, taking in one of the Rhine's most picturesque stretches and visiting Rudesheim, Koblenz and Speyer 2019 - May, Jun, Sep 2020 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save 15% on 2020 departures!

    Strasbourg Cruise Only
    From £643pp
    Fly Cruise Package
    From £1013pp
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  • Holland and the Rhine

    6 Nights - Amsterdam to Strasbourg

    Beethoven Choice of Ships

    Enjoy time in Amsterdam with opportunities to explore the city's highlights before cruising south through picturesque Germany to Strasbourg in France 2019 - May, Aug 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save 15% on 2020 departures!

    Amsterdam Cruise Only
    From £655pp
    Fly Cruise Package
    From £1035pp
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  • Holland and the Romantic Rhine Valley

    7 Nights - Amsterdam and Back

    Gerard Schmitter Gerard Schmitter

    This round-trip voyage from Amsterdam features the scenic Middle Rhine and the Lorelei rock, plus the main riverside towns in Germany and Holland 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep Second passenger cruises half price plus complimentary cabin upgrade!

    Cologne and the Cologne Cathedral Cruise Only
    From £702pp
    Fly Cruise Package
    From £1062pp
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  • Christmas Markets on the Rhine

    7 Nights - Amsterdam to Basel

    Emerald Ships Choice of Ships

    Explore the treasures of Germany and France and visit world-famous Christmas Markets on this 7-night full-board River Rhine cruise from Amsterdam. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2019 - Dec Save £1000pp!

    Amsterdam Fly Cruise Package
    From £1095pp
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  • Treasures of the Rhine

    8 Nights - Amsterdam to Basel

    Douce France Douce France

    Cruise the full navigable River Rhine between Amsterdam and Basel. See the highlights of Holland and explore historic German and French towns en route to Switzerland. Includes unlimited complimentary drinks on board 2019 - May, Jun, Aug, Sep 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save 15% on 2020 departures!

    Amsterdam, Holland Cruise Only
    From £1163pp
    Fly Cruise Package
    From £1493pp
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  • Reflections of the Rhine and Main

    7 Nights - Amsterdam to Nuremburg

    Travelmarvel Diamond Choice of Ships

    A superb full-board essential cruise along the beautiful Rhine River from Amsterdam to Nuremburg, travelling through Rüdesheim, Wertheim and Würzburg. Includes flights from the UK, excursions and unique Insider Experiences 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save up to 50% on 2019 departures!

    Cologne Fly Cruise Package
    From £1197pp
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  • Rhine to Strasbourg and Heidelberg

    7 Nights - Cologne and Back

    Charles Dickens Choice of Ships

    Discover contrasting towns and cities, from quaint Boppard to majestic Heidelberg and medieval Strasbourg on this relaxing voyage along the Rhine from the historic city of Cologne. Includes guided excursions and return Eurostar from London St Pancras 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    Rhine Valley No Fly Cruise
    From £1199pp
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  • Rhine and Moselle

    7 Nights - Cologne and Back

    Charles Dickens Choice of Ships

    Visit the highlights along the scenic Rhine and Moselle rivers visiting historic villages and famous wine towns in the heart of Germany. Prices include excursions and Eurostar from London St Pancras 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    Cologne No Fly Cruise
    From £1199pp
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  • Medieval Flanders and Dutch Bulbfields

    7 Nights - Amsterdam and Back

    Emily Bronte Choice of Ships

    Visit the battlefields of World War II and commemorative memorials in Arnhem, Oosterbeek and Ypres, and see the colourful tulips in full bloom at the Keukenhof Gardens. Includes shore excursions and return flights from the UK 2020 - Apr No single supplement!

    Amsterdam Fly Cruise Package
    From £1199pp
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  • River Rhine to Switzerland

    7 Nights - Cologne to Basel

    Charles Dickens Choice of Ships

    Join your floating hotel in Cologne cruising through the Rhine Valley to charming riverside towns and the scenic Black Forest, home to some of the most picturesque Alpine scenery. Prices include excursions and return flights from the UK 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct No single supplement!

    Alpine Scenery Fly Cruise Package
    From £1199pp
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  • Classical Rhine

    7 Nights - Amsterdam to Basel

    Amadeus Imperial Choice of Ships

    Take in the spectacular scenery along the Rhine and Moselle rivers from Amsterdam to Switzerland in luxury and style, exploring the cultural cities of Cologne and Strasbourg and the quaint village of Cochem 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Special flight-inclusive package prices - save up to £270pp!

    Koblenz Fly Cruise Package
    From £1269pp
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  • Rhine Treasures

    7 Nights - Amsterdam to Basel

    AmaDante Choice of Ships

    A luxury all-inclusive luxury cruise from Amsterdam to Basel through Holland, Germany and Switzerland. Includes return from the UK, private home to airport transfers, complimentary drinks on board, excursions and signature experiences 2019 - May, Jul Save £400pp PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Cochem Fly Cruise Package
    From £1273pp
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  • Majestic Rhine

    7 Nights - Mainz to Basel

    Emerald Ships Choice of Ships

    Cruise along the stunning River Rhine past picturesque riverside towns and the scenic Black Forest, home to breathtaking Alpine scenery. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2019 - Jul, Aug 2020 - Jul, Aug Save up to £1000pp!

    Lorelei Rock, River Rhine Fly Cruise Package
    From £1445pp
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  • Enchanting Rhine

    7 Nights - Amsterdam to Basel

    AmaDante Choice of Ships

    Visit the highlights of Holland and Germany including the famous house of Anne Frank in Amsterdam, the magnificent Gothic Cathedral in Cologne and the 'La Petite France' district in Strasbourg on this 7-night Rhine River cruise. Includes shore excursions and drinks with meals 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2020 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec Save 25% PLUS exclusive discount!

    Amsterdam Cruise Only
    From £1490pp
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  • Rhine Getaway

    7 Nights - Amsterdam to Basel

    Viking Longships Viking Longships

    Enjoy this 7-night cruise along the legendary River Rhine visiting the windmills of Kinderdijk, historic Cologne and the wine towns of Koblenz and Rudesheim. Includes excursions and travel package from the UK 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2020 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec Save £1000pp on 2020 departures!

    Castle on the Rhine Fly Cruise Package
    From £1495pp
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  • Rhine and Moselle Discovery

    7 Nights - Trier to Basel

    Viking Longships Viking Longships

    Discover Germany's historic treasures in the quaint towns and fascinating cities of Trier, Cochem, Koblenz and Speyer and explore the charming city of Strasbourg in France on this 7-night cruise along the picturesque Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Includes excursions, flight package from the UK and gratuities 2019 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Nov Save £500pp!

    Cochem Castle Fly Cruise Package
    From £1495pp
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  • A Tale of Three Rivers

    7 Nights - Trier to Bamberg

    Viking Longships Viking Longships

    Brand new - a unique 7-night cruise through the most scenic part of the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine through the breathtaking Rhine Gorge and along the Moselle and Main rivers between Trier and Bamberg, with included guided excursions and return flights from the UK 2019 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save £500pp!

    Cochem Fly Cruise Package
    From £1495pp
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  • Three Rivers

    7 Nights - Amsterdam to Nuremberg

    Amadeus Brilliant Choice of Ships

    Cruise along the scenic waterways of the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers through the heart of Germany to discover medieval villages, ancient castles and picturesque vineyards 2019 - Jul 2020 - May, Aug No single supplement - flight inclusive package from £1469pp!

    Cologne Fly Cruise Package
    From £1589pp
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  • Rhine and Danube Symphony

    7 Nights - Cologne to Passau

    Amadeus Imperial Choice of Ships

    Explore the half-timbered towns of Wertheim and Miltenberg, the medieval city of Bamberg and the wine-making town of Rudesheim on this cruise along the Rhine and Danube rivers through the heart of Germany 2019 - Sep 2020 - Jun, Aug Save 15% on 2020 departures!

    Rhine Valley Fly Cruise Package
    From £1639pp
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  • Tulips and the Rhine

    7 Nights - Amsterdam to Basel

    Emerald Ships Choice of Ships

    Admire the colourful sea of Tulips in the vibrant Keukenhof Gardens and explore Amsterdam's pretty winding canals before journeying along the picturesque Rhine to explore the treasures of Germany and France on this Spring-time cruise. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2020 - Mar, Apr Save up to £500pp PLUS book a Balcony Suite and enjoy unlimited free drinks!

    Amsterdam, Netherlands Fly Cruise Package
    From £1695pp
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  • Medieval Treasures

    7 Nights - Basel to Nuremberg

    AmaDante Choice of Ships

    Discover the historic city of Strasbourg, explore the medieval town of Miltenberg and see the UNESCO-listed town of Bamberg on this 7-night cruise along the romantic Rhine and Main rivers, with included excursions and drinks with meal 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Sep Save 25% PLUS exclusive discount!

    Basel Cruise Only
    From £1760pp
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  • Christmas Cruise on the Rhine

    6 Nights - Cologne and Back

    Amadeus Silver III Amadeus Silver III

    Celebrate Christmas in style on this festive cruise from Cologne to the magical Christmas markets, illuminated towns and decorated villages of the majestic Rhine, with a choice of superb value optional excursions. 2019 - Dec Special flight-inclusive package price - French Balcony cabin from just £1795pp!

    Strasbourg Fly Cruise Package
    From £1795pp
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  • Belgium and Holland at Tulip Time

    9 Nights - Amsterdam and Back

    Viking Longships Viking Longships

    Discover the magnificent windmills at Kinderdijk, the vibrant Keukenhof Gardens and spectacular cities of Amsterdam, Antwerp and Ghent on this tulip time itinerary. Includes excursions and travel package from the UK 2020 - Mar, Apr, May Save £1000pp on 2020 departures!

    Amsterdam bridge Fly Cruise Package
    From £1795pp
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  • Castles along the Rhine

    7 Nights - Amsterdam to Basel

    River Empress Choice of Ships

    Journey from Amsterdam to the highlights of Germany including designated UNESCO World Heritage towns and scenic villages, ending Basel in the Switzerland. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save £800pp on 2019 departures!

    Koblenz Fly Cruise Package
    From £1799pp
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  • Christmas on the Rhine

    7 Nights - Amsterdam to Basel

    AmaKristina Choice of Ships

    This Christmas markets cruise along the Rhine is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit, with visits to traditional Christmas markets and beautifully illuminated towns. Includes guided shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2019 - Nov, Dec 2020 - Nov, Dec Save up to £400pp on 2019 departures!

    Cologne Cruise Only
    From £1810pp
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  • Jewels of the Rhine

    7 Nights - Amsterdam to Basel

    Emerald Ships Choice of Ships

    See spectacular scenery, fairytale castles and ornate architecture as you journey along the picturesque River Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2019 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save up to £600pp!

    Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, Rhine Gorge Fly Cruise Package
    From £1845pp
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  • Legends of the Rhine and Main

    7 Nights - Nuremberg to Bernkastel

    Emerald Ships Choice of Ships

    View magnificent architecture, breathtaking scenery and medieval ruins as you travel along the Moselle, Rhine and Main from Nuremberg to Bernkastel. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2019 - Jun, Aug, Sep 2020 - Aug, Sep Save up to £600pp!

    Nuremberg Fly Cruise Package
    From £1895pp
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  • Melodies of the Rhine

    7 Nights - Amsterdam to Basel

    Amadeus Silver III Amadeus Silver III

    Journey through Europe's musical heartland on this unique classical music river cruise along the romantic Rhine. Includes return flights from the UK and a superb programme of included shore excursions with guided tours, classical music concerts and private recitals in stunning venues as well as on-board talks on composers and their works by renowned author Humphrey Burton 2019 - Oct Special flight-inclusive package prices - save up to £173pp!

    River Rhine Fly Cruise Package
    From £1899pp
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  • Heart of Europe

    14 Nights - Cologne to Budapest

    Charles Dickens Choice of Ships

    Tour through the heart of Europe along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers from Cologne to Budapest visiting well-preserved historic towns in Germany and the impressive city of Vienna in Austria. Includes excursions and Eurostar from London St Pancras or return flights 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - May, Jul, Sep, Oct No single supplement on 5 Jul 2019 departure!

    Nuremberg No Fly Cruise
    From £1899pp
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  • Rhine and Moselle Splendours

    7 Nights - Luxembourg to Basel

    AmaDante AmaDante

    Discover fairytale villages, ancient castles and local vineyards on this cruise along the Rhine and Moselle rivers and through the stunning Rhine Gorge, including guided excursions and drinks with meals 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct Save 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Trier Cathedral Cruise Only
    From £1926pp
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  • European Rivers and Castles

    7 Nights - Nuremberg to Luxembourg

    AmaDante Choice of Ships

    Journey along the Moselle, Rhine and Main rivers through Germany's beautiful wine-producing areas and past historic castles. Includes shore excursions 2019 - May, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct Save 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Cochem Cruise Only
    From £1979pp
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  • European Gems

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    Contemporary River Ship Choice of Ships

    Journey through the heart of Germany and Austria on this 14-night essential river cruise and discover the fascinating history and culture of Budapest, Vienna, Passau and Cologne. Includes flights from the UK, shore excursions and Insider Experiences 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save up to 50% on 2019 departures!

    Chain Bridge, Budapest Fly Cruise Package
    From £1995pp
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  • Magnificent Moselle and Rhine

    9 Nights - Cologne to Frankfurt

    River Queen River Queen

    Sail through the vineyard-dotted landscapes of the Rhine and Moselle river on this all-inclusive cruise visiting picturesque wine villages, romantic castles and ancient Roman towns. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities 2019 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save up to £1200pp!

    Frankfurt Fly Cruise Package
    From £2099pp
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  • Rhine Highlights

    7 Nights - Amsterdam to Basel

    Scenic Jewel Choice of Ships

    Discover the natural and historical treasures of Germany on this all-inclusive luxury cruise from Amsterdam to Basel in Switzerland. Includes shore excursions, return flights from the UK or Eurostar, butler service and all gratuities 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Bank Holiday Flash Sale: Save an additional £100pp!

    Amsterdam Fly Cruise Package
    From £2145pp
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  • Splendours of Europe

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    Emerald Ships Choice of Ships

    Visit the imperial capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest and the quaint towns of Bamberg, Passau and Melk as you journey along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers past story-book castles perched high above terraced vineyards. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save up to £1000pp!

    River Danube Fly Cruise Package
    From £2495pp
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  • Rhine Festive Markets

    7 Nights - Basel to Cologne

    SS Antoinette SS Antoinette

    Celebrate the festive season visiting the Christmas markets in the fairytale towns and cities along the Rhine where many Christmas traditions are said to have begun. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities 2019 - Nov, Dec 2020 - Nov, Dec No single supplement on 5 Dec 2019 departure!

    Strasbourg Christmas Market Fly Cruise Package
    From £2549pp
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  • Magnificent Europe

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    AmaBella Choice of Ships

    An all-inclusive, luxury cruise through five magnificent countries along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, with exclusive signature experiences, guided excursions, home pick-up service and travel from the UK 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec Save up to 40% on 2019 departures PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Cologne Fly Cruise Package
    From £2595pp
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  • Treasures of the Netherlands

    6 Nights - Cologne to Arnhem

    Royal Crown Royal Crown

    Join luxury MS Royal Crown in Cologne and explore the fascinating history of the Netherlands on this 6-night cruise with visits to Nijmegen, Rotterdam and Arnhem. Includes return flights or rail journey, overseas transfers and guided shore excursions. 2019 - Jul Save 10%!

    Cologne Germany Fly Cruise Package
    From £2975pp
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  • Grand European River Cruise

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    Viking Longships Viking Longships

    A 14-night river cruise on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers from Amsterdam, visiting charming riverside towns in Germany and Austria, and the magnificent cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Includes excursions and travel package from the UK 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Save £1000pp on 2020 departures!

    Cruise the canals of Amsterdam Fly Cruise Package
    From £2795pp
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  • Across Europe

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    Amadeus Brilliant Choice of Ships

    Journey from Amsterdam to Budapest along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, passing stunning castles, picturesque vineyards and lively cities 2019 - Jul 2020 - May, Aug No single supplement - flight inclusive package from £2579!

    Bamberg Fly Cruise Package
    From £2879pp
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  • Romantic Rhine and Moselle

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Basel

    Scenic Jewel Choice of Ships

    A unique 14-night all-inclusive cruise along the scenic River Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel past fairytale castles rising high above terraced vineyards. Includes shore excursions, return flights from the UK or Eurostar, butler service and all gratuities 2019 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save up to £1500pp PLUS free fast track security and airport lounge pass!

    Koblenz Fly Cruise Package
    From £2895pp
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  • Tulips and Windmills

    9 Nights - Amsterdam to Antwerp

    River Duchess Choice of Ships

    See the colourful tulip fields and discover the heritage of Belgium and the Netherlands. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities 2020 - Mar, Apr Save up to 10%!

    Keukenhof Gardens Fly Cruise Package
    From £2969pp
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  • Rhine and Moselle Delights

    10 Nights - Basel to Amsterdam

    AmaPrima Choice of Ships

    Cruise along the stunning Rhine and Moselle rivers, visiting the beautiful towns of Cochem, Trier and Rudesheim and sampling regional wines along the way. Includes guided excursions and drinks with meals 2019 - May, Jul, Sep, Oct Save up to £400pp on 2019 departures!

    Breisach Cruise Only
    From £3022pp
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  • Cities of Light

    11 Nights - Paris to Prague

    Viking Longships Viking Longships

    Combine hotel stays in the romantic city of Paris and historic Prague, with a 7-night cruise along the Rhine and Moselle. Includes flights, transfers and excursions 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save £500pp!

    Pont Alexandre, Paris Fly Cruise Package
    From £3085pp
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  • Jewels of Europe

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    Scenic Jewel Choice of Ships

    Discover the cultural and historical highlights of Europe along the legendary Rhine and Danube rivers on this 14-night all-inclusive luxury river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest, with return flights from the UK, butler service, all gratuities and a choice of superb included shore excursions 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov Bank Holiday Flash Sale: Save an additional £100pp!

    Amsterdam Fly Cruise Package
    From £3145pp
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  • Rhine and Moselle Fairytales

    11 Nights - Amsterdam to Basel

    AmaPrima Choice of Ships

    Explore the history and culture of the traditional towns and villages along the Rhine and Moselle rivers, with visits to Cologne, Rudesheim and Strasbourg on this luxury cruise. Includes guided excursions and drinks with meals 2019 - Jun, Aug, Oct Save up to £400pp!

    Rhine Valley Cruise Only
    From £3531pp
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  • The Romantic Main and Rhine

    8 Nights - Nuremberg to Cologne

    Royal Crown Royal Crown

    Journey along the majestic Rhine and Main rivers and discover the vibrant cities and historic towns of Germany on this all-inclusive 8-night cruise. Includes return flights from the UK, overseas transfers and guided shore excursions. 2019 - Jul Save up to 10%!

    Bamberg Fly Cruise Package
    From £3550pp
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  • Magnificent Rivers of Europe

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    AmaPrima Choice of Ships

    Cruise through the heart of Europe along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers from Amsterdam to Budapest following the route of emperors and kings through five magnificent countries. Includes guided excursions and drinks with meals 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep 2020 - May Save 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount!

    Vienna Cruise Only
    From £3849pp
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  • Rhine Legends

    7 Nights - Basel to Amsterdam

    Crystal Bach Choice of Ships

    Enjoy this 7-night cruise along the magnificent river Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam. Visit vibrant cities bursting with culture and charming towns. Includes unlimited complimented drinks on board and guided excursions. 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    Amsterdam Bridge Cruise Only
    From £4510pp
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  • Splendours of the Rhine

    10 Nights - Amsterdam to Basel

    Crystal Bach Choice of Ships

    An all-inclusive Crystal River cruise sailing through Germany from the vibrant city of Amsterdam with visits to fascinating cities and quaint, historical villages. Includes unlimited complimented drinks on board and guided excursions. 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

    Basel Switzerland, Cruise Only
    From £4510pp
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  • Rhine and Switzerland National Geographic

    11 Nights - Amsterdam to Basel

    Scenic Opal Scenic Opal

    Explore historic Dutch, German and French towns en route to Switzerland on this all-inclusive luxury Rhine cruise holiday, accompanied by a National Geographic expert who will give talks and join guests on excursions, and a National Geographic photographer who will help guests hone their photography skills. Includes return flights from the UK, hotel stays in Lake Geneva, Bern and Zurich, shore excursions, butler service and all gratuities 2019 - Jun

    Lucerne Fly Cruise Package
    From £5195pp
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  • European Jewels

    14 Nights - Budapest to Amsterdam

    River Duchess River Duchess

    This fantastic itinerary takes you through four magnificent countries to Europe's most scenic destinations, uncovering European art, history and culture. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Save up to £1200pp on 2019 departures!

    Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest Fly Cruise Package
    From £5999pp
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  • Enchanting Moselle

    10 Nights - Amsterdam and Back

    Crystal Bach Crystal Bach

    An all-inclusive Crystal River cruise on the delightful Moselle river with visits to the fascinating cities and charming towns of Germany and the Netherlands. Includes unlimited complimentary drinks on board plus guided excursions 2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

    Amsterdam Sunrise Cruise Only
    From £6440pp
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  • Rhine Jewels

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Frankfurt

    Crystal Bach Crystal Bach

    Sail along the rivers Rhine and Moselle on this all-inclusive luxury cruise with visits to World Heritage towns, wine-making villages and fairytale castles. Includes unlimited complimented drinks on board and guided excursions

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More about the Rhine

From Amsterdam, voyage upstream through colourful Dutch waterways and rich farmland to Cologne with its Old Town and great Gothic Cathedral. Continue to Koblenz where the Rhine meets the Moselle, and on to the ancient fortress town of Boppard.

Pass the famous Lorelei Rock on the way to the wine country town of Rudesheim with its lively Drosselgrasse street of restaurants and taverns. At Mainz the River Main leaves the Rhine which continues south, allowing a tour to romantic Heidelberg, the oldest university town in Germany.

Sail on up the upper Rhine to Strasbourg, a cosmopolitan city on the French-German border with a soaring cathedral and colourful half-timbered buildings, and Basel, Switzerland's second largest city. Some itineraries spend a couple of days in Switzerland with visits to Lucerne and the dramatic Bernese Oberland.

The River Moselle is smaller and more intimate, meandering from Koblenz through woods and vineyards for over 160 miles. Travel past hills dotted with romantic castles, and through wine villages such as Cochem, Bernkastel and Piesport to Trier, founded by the Romans 2000 years ago.

Cologne CathedralCologne Cathedral Lorelei RockLorelei Rock

Rhine River Highlights

Amsterdam

The cruise terminal in Amsterdam is a short distance from the city centre and its tall merchant houses and tree-lined canals. Chief sights are the prestigious Rijksmuseum and its large collection of important paintings, the Van Gogh Museum and Ann Frank's House. The attractive narrow streets are full of bars, coffee houses, quaint bridges and interesting shops.

Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Bamberg (Germany)

The wonderfully-preserved city of Bamberg has a four-steepled cathedral and half-timbered houses edge the winding lanes, contrasting with the vast 'New Residence' which was the seat of the prince-bishops and has a delightful Rose Garden. The old Town Hall can be found on the Island City in the River Regnitz, along with Little Venice - an area of brightly-painted fishermen's houses. A visit to a traditional Bamberg Beer Haus is an opportunity to taste the locally brewed smoky-tasting beer, Rauchbier.

Bamberg

Basel

Basle is a handsome city with a buzzing Marketplatz and daily food markets. In its old town are winding streets, the cathedral, red-brick City Hall, art museums and many historic buildings. The green valleys and chocolate-box villages of Switzerland are sometimes included in tours from Basle.

Basel (Switzerland)

Bernkastel (Germany)

Set beside the river in a landscape of steeply-sloping vineyards and rolling hills, Bernkastel is a lovely little town. Its red and white timber-frame houses surround the medieval square, and worth seeking out is the quaint Spitzhausen the pointed house. Bernkastel has a 500-year history of wine-making the famous Mosel riesling wines.

Bernkastel

Breisach (Germany)

From the cathedral in Breisach there are lovely views across the Rhine to the Vosges Mountains and at the foot of the hill are inviting inns, fine restaurants and shops. The Black Forest is only 20km away, and tours pass through mountain meadows to visit cuckoo clock-making workshops or to visit Colmar, a beautiful country town with brightly-painted ancient houses and its charming Little Venice district.

Breisach

Cochem (Germany)

The waterfront at Cochem is lined with a flower-filled promenade, leading via twisting alleys to its medieval square. Known as the Pearl of the Moselle, the architectural gem of Cochem is surrounded by vineyards producing Reisling, which can be tasted in its cosy wine taverns. There is often the opportunity to visit the gorgeous hill-top castle of Reichsburg overlooking the town.

Cochem

Cologne (Germany)

Cologne is the capital of the Rhineland and is dominated by the huge spires of its cathedral. The Old Town has welcoming taverns, cafés and plenty of opportunities to buy a bottle of the famous 4711 cologne. Stroll the narrow streets of Old Town and see quaint squares and perhaps visit the Germano-Roman Museum to see finds from Colognes Roman past.

Cologne

Dusseldorf (Germany)

A visit to Dusseldorf usually marks the start or end of a Rhine River cruise. The Old Town was destroyed in World War II but re-built on its old foundations. The new Old Town has over 200 bars selling the local dark beer, Altbier, and several shopping malls. Walk along the pretty riverside promenade and see the twisted spire of St Lambertus Basilika.

Dusseldorf

Frankfurt

The skyscrapers on Frankfurt's skyline reflect the city's importance as a centre of finance in Europe. The Romer is an old patrician residence which now houses the Town Hall, and there are several public gardens including the baroque Bolongarogarden and the Nizza.

Frankfurt (Germany)

Heidelberg (Germany)

Heidelberg is a beautiful city where visits usually include Germany's oldest university and the picturesque ruins of Heidelberg Castle, from where there are wonderful views of the Neckar River valley. The Altstadt is the charming old town, district, and a funicular can be taken to the top of the Konigstuhl Mountain.

Heidelberg

Koblenz (Germany)

Koblenz sits prettily on the riverside where the Moselle and the Rhine meet. Tiny alleys, fountains and old squares lead to the 12th-century church of St Florin. In this rich wine-producing region, a visit to a wine tavern is a must, where you can sample 'Father Rhine' and 'Mother Moselle' at their best.

Koblenz

Mainz (Germany)

Leafy Mainz offers two fascinating highlights. Mainz was the birthplace of Johann Gutenberg, and the city's Printing Museum exhibits the first two copies made of his famous Bible. In St Stephans' church there are wonderful, vivid blue stained-glass windows created by the great 20th century artist, Marc Chagall.

Mainz

Mannheim (Germany)

A call at Mannheim is usually the departure point for a visit to the old city of Hiedelberg. Mannheim itself has a peaceful park surrounded by restaurants and shops, and Christuskirche has one of the largest organs in Germany. The city is renowned for its many stands selling tasty savoury pretzels.

Mannheim

Miltenberg (Germany)

Miltenberg has rows of richly-timbered houses huddled together on the town's narrow streets and squares. It is well-known for the Crooked House, Main Castle and the Royal Inn, which has been in continuous use as an hotel since the 15th century. The area around Miltenburg is renowned for glass-blowing. Close by is 18th-century Schloss Kleinheubach, a magnificent castle with lovely grounds.

Miltenberg

Nuremberg (Germany)

The medieval city of Nuremberg was the site of the War Crimes Tribunal at the Justice Palace. Other World War II sites include the Court House and the Nazi rally grounds at the Zeppelin Fields. The old city is surrounded by 900-year old ramparts which enclose Albrecht Durer's house, the Hesperides Gardens and the Market Square with its fountain. Rulers of the Holy Roman Empire resided at Nuremburg Castle, which includes the Kaiserburg Fortress.

Nuremberg

Regensburg (Germany)

Regensburg is one of the finest medieval towns in Europe. Among the sites are the 12th-century stone bridge across the Danube, the Wurstküche - 'Old Sausage Kitchen' and St Peter's Cathedral, renowned for its soaring towers and beautiful stained-glass windows.

Regensburg

Rudesheim (Germany)

The scenic town of Rudesheim has many attractions - it sits at the foot of the Niederwald mountain and in one of the Rhines best wine-making regions. Stroll the gorgeous Drosselgasse and sip a glass of superb Riesling in a cosy tavern or take a tour by gondola up the Niederwald,. Other options include Castle Vollards or a miniature train ride to the eccentric Mechanical Music Museum.

Rudesheim

Speyer (Germany)

The charming medieval town of Speyer was once an important Roman settlement, guarded against floods by high river banks. The tombs of German Emperors can be found in its grand cathedral, and one of only four Golden Hats from the Bronze Age cult of the sun is on show in the museum. Excursions to Heidelberg may be offered from Speyer.

Speyer

Strasbourg (France)

The Grand Ile is the historic centre of Strasbourg, the busy European capital which combines dazzling historic buildings with the offices of the European Parliament and modern commerce. Stroll the fairytale district of Petite France, see covered bridges and the magnificent cathedral.

Strasbourg

Trier (Germany)

Explore Trier on foot and discover magnificent Roman remains in amongst fine restaurants, wine-growers taverns and colourful gabled buildings. The main sites are Porta Nigra city gate, the basilica, imperial baths and the ancient cathedral. This distinguished and picturesque city beside the Moselle River was the birthplace of Karl Marx.

Trier

Worms (Germany)

Worms is famed for its Liebfraumilch and its ancient Jewish cemetery, which dates back almost 1000 years. The city has outstanding architecture including the 12th-century St Peters Cathedral which was built above a Roman temple to Minerva. There is a monument to Martin Luther in Heylshof Gardens, marking the spot where in 1521 he refused to withdraw his writings.

Wurzburg (Germany)

The magnificent Bishop's Residenz in Wurzberg is one of Germany's largest and most ornate Baroque palaces. It houses paintings by Tiepelo and the famed Residenz Wine Cellar, sometimes open for tastings of Franconian wine and is said to have the most beautiful staircase in existence. Tours along the 'Romantic Road' through the Bavarian Alps to Rothenburg are often available. This medieval walled town has a glorious rural setting, gothic churches and gabled buildings, and the Puppen and Spielzeug Museum of dolls, dollhouses and miniature trains.

Wurzburg

Customer Reviews

We had an unforgettable cruise seeing the Rivers and Castles of Europe on the AMADOLCE, the cruise exceeded our expectations and thankyou to the team at Blue Water for making this happen for us with no problems encountered especially seeing we travelled from Australia to experience it. They were very efficient in keeping us informed along the way. Truly a trip to remember and the sun even appeared when we started the Rhine Gorge section with all the castles, so we all scrambled up to the fantastic sundeck to take in the picture postcard views

The Christmas cruise on board Amacello visiting Christmas markets along the Rhine was my first river cruise and I could not fault it. The standard was incredibly high compared to ocean cruises I have done and I will certainly travel with Ama again. Why Ama?

It is an English speaking ship. Travelling single I did not want to find myself unable to communicate easily with everyone or it might have been a lonely Christmas, and I wanted to get the most from my excursions. Michelle at Bluewater had travelled with Ama, she highly recommended the company and she was right. Itinerary

Very well planned, we sailed through the more industrial stretches of the Rhine during the night and the scenic parts with their steep banks and beautiful castles in daylight. Every day we stopped at a different port of call with a choice of excursions and the option of taking a bike or just doing your own thing.The Christmas markets were in full swing, enhancing the already beautiful towns and villages. The local guides were very knowledgeable and we had headsets and earpieces so it wasnt necessary to hang onto their coat tails walking around. We were small groups of under 20 giving time to ask questions and advice, and always with free time before we had to return to the ship.

On Board Cabin: Luxurious, modern with sliding doors to a french balcony giving great views and making it very light. Plenty of storage, the case fitted under the bed, flat screen tv with free internet. Compact modern bathroom and shower with body jets etc and quality toiletries. Robes, slippers and even umbrellas provided. Excellent unobtrusive cabin service. Very quiet, I dont know if I had quiet neighbours or the insulation was great but whatever, it worked. Dining Where to start! I could not praise the food highly enough, it was top quality, beautifully presented and the open seating meant you could join friends on tables seating from 2 to 8. Breakfast offered the full buffet experience with the best variety I have ever seen. From champagne, smoked salmon and bagels to a full English and a vast array of breads, rolls and pastries all cooked freshly on board. Not to mention cereals, fruit, cheese etc. Lunch and dinner were waiter service multi course affairs with a wide choice of menu reflecting the food of the area you were passing through. However, there were always alternatives of grilled salmon, chicken or entrecote steak. At dinner decent quality wine was included and your glass was constantly topped up, they were generous. At lunch, an alternative was to eat in the lounge where a selection of soup, salads, pasta, cheese and biscuits and a dessert were available for self service. Fruit and biscuits were always available in baskets in the lounge beside the tea and coffee station which was always open. Then there was mid morning snacks, afternoon tea with delicious gateaux and an evening buffet at 10.30! One person I met was coeliac and they always brought her a menu indicating gluten free items. Its a blessing I went on shore to walk some of it off. Ambience Customer service is paramount, nothing fazes them. My cruise itinerary had to be amended at the last minute because the Rhine was flooding and we were not allowed to sail as planned and had to divert half way through. This meant that on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Rolf, our cruise manager, was faced with having to find a fleet of coaches and local guides to take us on our excursions instead of us sailing there. He had very little notice so it must have been really challenging, but he did it and they were excellent. On top of which some passengers, faced with an hours coach trip, changed their minds about which excursions they wanted to do. Reception staff handled all of this with smiles, no tension or irritation visible at all. That can do attitude was prevalent throughout the ship, nothing was too much trouble and it made for very relaxed and happy passengers. We were even given 20 euros each to buy our lunch as well as a picnic bag because it was too long a journey to bring us back to the ship for lunch. Oh, and following every shore excursion we were welcomed back to the ship with glasses of gluhwein and it was much better quality than at the markets! General 122 passengers were onboard, a small enough number to make it really friendly. There is a quiet lounge at the back but it was rarely used, most people gathered in the forward loinge and there was plenty of comfortable seating. Entertainment was provided by a resident pianist who played in the afternoon and evening until about 10 when he livened things up and people danced. A classical trio came on board one afternoon, they were very good. Apart from that we helped decorate the Christmas trees, there was a 60s night and an 80s night, Santa bought us all presents, but it was quite informal and low key. A world away from the floor shows of some ocean cruises and all the better for it. I travelled solo and it suited me ideally. There were 10-12 of us and we usually ate together in the evenings. I made some good friends and we plan to meet up and maybe do another trip together. Because of the small number of passengers and everyone getting together in the lounge it is really friendly and I would certainly recommend it. Except for the thorny issue of single supplements (which were waived because I booked very late when there was an offer on). Dress is informal and casual though most of us brought something a bit smarter for the gala dinner and Christmas. Whilst it wasnt a cheap holiday the value for money was tremendous with 5 star dining including quality wines, teas, coffees and bottled water,my choice of shore excursions, all included. I found I didnt actually need much money on holiday as it was all paid up front. I had a few drinks from the bar in the evenings and their prices were ok and measures generous. I think Bellinis were 4.20 and cuba libre 5.50 euros. One great thing about river cruises is the lack of movement in the ship, no fear of seasickness here! And always something to look at on one bank or the other. Take binoculars, plenty of memory cards for the camera and a guide book to identify the castles and other landmarks coming up on the river.

This was our first cruise and it certainly wont be our last. If you are after a nice relaxing holiday amongst stunning scenery, shopping in quaint little towns and villages, being served the most delicious food and being well looked after, then you couldnt do better than a river cruise. Our cruise started from a beautiful little town called Cochem on the Moselle, with its quaint little shops and hilltop castle, to the stunning city of Strasbourg on the Rhine. (An overnight stay and a day in Strasbourg is highly recommended). All throughout the cruise, we were well looked after by the staff. There were only about a dozen English speaking tourists on board, but the staff went out of their way to provide English speaking guides on the optional tours, or, if that wasnt an option, a written explanatory guide of what the tour was about.

The cabin was very comfortable with a large picture window, a desk with socket (vital for charging mobile phone etc), small wardrobe with plenty of hangers, a safe, and a small ensuite shower room. The lounge bar was very spacious and a wonderful place to sit and take in the ever changing views. We were very lucky with the weather, and were able to spend most of our cruising time on the sun deck, glass of wine in hand, and enjoying the stunning countryside with its vineyards and beautiful castles. The food on board was lovely. We didnt get a choice, but the menu was varied every day and we certainly didnt starve. The buffet breakfast was huge; hams, cheeses, boiled eggs, jams, breads, cereal, fruit, breads and much more. There were 3 courses for both lunch and dinner with a choice of (free) wines for both sittings. There was a choice of optional excursions. We went on a tour of Thurant Castle in Alken, and the wine tasting excursion and tour around the Mechanical Music Museum in Rudesheim, all of which were very interesting. Thurant Castle offered fantastic views over the Moselle valley. We would certainly recommend spending a bit of time in Rudesheim with its famous Drosselgasse (quaint little street with all the wine and beer kellers). There were some fabulous little shops there too if you wanted to buy some unusual souvenirs. The entertainment on board was varied and we enjoyed the evening put on by all the staff with a variety of dance and comedy acts. There was a bingo afternoon and a keep fit afternoon for us to join in if we so wished. We would certainly recommend this wonderful cruise, and the only downside?............. It had to end.

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