Riviera introduces festive short-break voyages

Six- and eight-day voyages from Cologne and Budapest over Christmas and New Year

The growing popularity of Riviera Travel River Cruises’ Yuletide Market cruises in Europe has prompted the five-star cruise line to offer short-break river cruises from Cologne and Budapest over Christmas and New Year for the first time from this December.

Four brand-new sailings have been introduced on the Rhine and Danube rivers, with each offering a selection of cabins that solo travellers can use with no single supplement.

The four new festive sailings, including Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, are:

  • Christmas on the Rhine – eight days, round-trip from Cologne, sailing 21 December, 2020
  • Christmas on the Blue Danube – eight days, round-trip from Budapest, sailing 21 December, 2020
  • New Year on the Rhine – six days, round-trip from Cologne, sailing 28 December, 2020
  • New Year on the Blue Danube – six days, round-trip from Budapest, sailing 28 December, 2020

Riviera Travel’s Sales and Marketing Executive for Australia, Gina Squirrell, said the line first introduced Yuletide Market cruises on the Rhine and Danube rivers in 2017 and their mounting popularity – particularly with Australians – had led to the launch of new cruises over the main Christmas and New Year festive period.

“More and more of our guests were telling us they would love to celebrate Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve on a river cruise so to meet demand we will be offering these special, short-break, festive cruises from this December,” Ms Squirrell said. “We expect them to prove very popular, particularly with solo passengers, with the opportunity for them to celebrate the festive season with fellow guests and with zero solo supplements available in selected cabins.”

All four cruises will take guests to medieval old towns embellished in winter sparkle, with cobblestone squares filled with carollers, glittering Christmas trees and market stalls laden with roasting chestnuts, hot mulled wine, decorations and gifts.

The eight-day Christmas on the Rhine cruise aboard MS Oscar Wilde, from Cologne on 21 December, 2020, will visit quaint, chocolate-box towns like Koblenz, Rudesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg and Boppard in Germany and France, with a special Christmas Day dinner and musical performance offered onboard. Fares are available from AU$3,889 per person, twin-share or for solos, subject to availability.

The eight-day Christmas on the Danube cruise aboard MS William Wordsworth, from Budapest on 21 December, 2020, will visit Esztergom, Bratislava, Melk, Linz/Salzburg and Vienna in Hungary, Slovakia and Austria, with a special Christmas Day dinner and musical recital offered onboard. Fares are available from AU$3,839 per person, twin-share. Solo cabins are already sold out.

The six-day New Year on the Rhine cruise aboard MS Oscar Wilde, from Cologne on 8 December, 2020, will visit Rudesheim, Frankfurt and Koblenz, with a New Year’s celebration offered onboard. Fares are available from AU$2,679 per person, twin-share or for solos, subject to availability.

The six-day New Year on the Danube cruise on MS William Wordsworth, from Budapest on 28 December, 2020, will visit Bratislava and Vienna in Slovakia and Austria, with a New Year’s Eve party and concert recital offered onboard. Fares are available from AU$2,629 per person, twin-share. Solo cabins are already sold out.

For information or Australian brochures, call Cruise Traveller on 1300 561 001, see a travel agent or visit www.rivieratravel.com.au

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