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Rhine, Main & Danube River All-Gay Cruise

December 5–12, 2019
December 12–19, 2019

Emerald Waterways Emerald Star Ship

7 nights from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Nuremberg, Germany
7 nights from Nuremberg, Germany to Budapest, Hungary
14 nights from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Budapest, Hungary

Europe Christmas Markets gay river cruise 2019The Christmas Markets of Europe - 3 ways! Make the Yuletide gay as VACAYA explores the Christmas Markets of Europe! Spend your holiday season with friends aboard a luxurious 5-star Emerald Star-Ship as we sail from easy-to-reach and über-gay-friendly Amsterdam to stunning Budapest. We're serving up three magical all-gay river cruise options to make the most of your European Christmas holiday:

Option 1:
From Amsterdam, Netherlands to Nuremberg, Germany
December 5 - 12, 2019 (7 nights)

Option 2:
From Nuremberg, Germany to Budapest, Hungary
December 12 - 19, 2019 (7 nights)

Option 3:
From Amsterdam, Netherlands to Budapest, Hungary
December 5 - 19, 2019 (14 nights)

 

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Those longing for romance, intrigue, history and culture of Old World Europe will relish the opportunity to travel from the “City of Canals,” Amsterdam, to the “Queen of the Danube,” Budapest. Follow the route of emperors, kings and queens on a magnificent European journey along three rivers and through five fascinating countries. The natural wonders of the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers yield way to countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Cologne’s Gothic Cathedral, the Würzburg Residenz Palace, Bamberg and Regensburg’s charming Old Towns, and the Melk Abbey—to name a few. Whimsical delights from Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum in Rüdesheim to the crooked houses in Miltenberg, will enchant. And since you will be traveling during the most festive time of the year, enjoy plenty of onboard celebrations. All of this and more awaits on one all-encompassing magnificent journey.

 

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• Explore Christmas Europe in style & All-Inclusive Luxury

• Choose from two 7-night options or a Grand 14-night option

• Overnights in Amsterdam and Budapest

• Evenings in Cologne, Linz, Durnstein, and Vienna

• Included activities morning through night

 

Emerald Waterways Europe Christmas gay cruise

 

Your Home Away From Home

Emerald Waterways revolutionary “Star-Ships” aren’t like any other riverships. They’re designed to impress and inspire with every little detail, exceeding any expectation you have of what a rivership should be like.

With its striking minimalistic design, sleek composition, and stylish features, the Emerald Star-Ships are comparable to a contemporary designed hotel. Only it’s better, because your hotel travels with you to a multitude of fantastic destinations, and offers incredible panoramic views of the stunning scenery you pass along the way.

 

Emerald star ship lounge

 

At VACAYA, we don’t want to just meet your expectations; we aim to create spectacular surprises that exceed what you’d expect from a rivership. That’s why we’ve chosen to partner with Emerald Waterways, whose new deluxe ships boast a heated swimming pool complete with retractable roof – creating a brilliant onboard oasis for you to relax, whatever the weather. And on selected evenings, the pool area inventively transforms into a cinema showing a collection of films.

 

Emerald star ship pool

 

At 135 Meters long and with 182 guests, 92 staterooms, and a crew of 47, Emerald’s Star-Ships are redefining river cruising on the Danube, Rhine, and Main Rivers. The Star-Ship sisters include Destiny, Star, Sky, Sun, and Dawn. Elegantly designed and effortlessly welcoming, they provide a sophisticated and comfortable passage along these timeless waterways.

The spacious, airy and contemporary reception area hosts a spectacular three tiered atrium which opens up the center of the ship, allowing natural light to pour through and illuminate the interior.

 

Emerald star ship cinema

 

Throughout the public areas, elegant furnishings, modern art, and mirrored walls create a refreshing and luxurious environment for you to enjoy, while floor-to-ceiling windows allow you to fully appreciate your time on the river.

Raise a toast with a cocktail and some new-found friends, and watch the endless vistas roll by.

 

Emerald star ship bar

 

Discover Everything Imaginable

A river cruise is one of the most elegant and worry-free ways to travel. Onboard the Emerald Star-Ships, all of your meals are included, as are standard cocktails, beer, wine, coffee, tea, and soft drinks. You’ll also have bottled water restocked daily in your stateroom. And with only 182 guests on the ship, not only is your VACAYA Luxe river cruise a great value, but it offers a truly intimate cruising experience, as well. Onboard, you’ll enjoy a continuous view of the incredible landscapes along the famous waterways, and you’ll also see a different side of Europe – one that can only be experienced on the rivers that have helped shape the history and cultures of the places they weave through.

 

Emerald star ship lounge

 

We’re passionate about providing our guests with the very best. That’s what drives us, journey after journey. And it’s amazing what’s included:

• Boutique contemporary hotel feel

• Spectacular onboard heated pool, cinema, spa, and lounge

• Spacious, comfortable accommodations with an innovative open-air system for staterooms on the Vista and Horizon decks.

 

Emerald star ship pool

 

• Gourmet onboard meals and highlight dinner events, al-fresco on The Terrace or in the well-appointed Reflections Restaurant.

• Enjoy in-depth cultural experiences with EmeraldPLUS excursions, cheese and olive tastings, or Provencal dinners hosted by a local chef.

• For Owner’s and Grand Balcony Suite (Category S & SA) guests, enjoy Emerald’s Concierge Service, which includes continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés, and after-dinner treats served right to your suite.

 

Emerald ship restaurant

 

• A selection of complimentary house spirits, wine, beer, coffee, tea, and soft drinks throughout your voyage.

• Bottled water restocked daily in your stateroom.

• Built-in adventure, with an included onshore excursion in every port.

• Visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

• Emerald Active guided biking and hiking tours.

 

Emerald star ship terrace

 

• English-speaking crew.

• Knowledgeable, personable local destination guides.

• Complimentary bicycles onboard.

• Complimentary onboard Wi-Fi.

• All airport transfers to and from the ship on embark and disembark days.

 

Emerald star ship cabin

 

Emerald Innovation
On the Emerald Panorama Balcony and Grand Balcony Suites, Emerald has replaced the run-of-the-mill French balcony that’s commonplace on riverships with a new kind of indoor balcony complete with a decked area and an ingenious open-air system.

Onboard Bicycles
In 2017, Emerald introduced their new Emerald Active hiking and bicycling experiences. Take a guided bike excursion from Melk to Dürnstein or, if you want to challenge yourself over more rugged European terrain, join a guided hike in the Black Forest. You should be physically fit to enjoy these excursions.

 

Emerald star ship pool

 

Pool & Cinema
A new dimension in onboard evening entertainment, you’ll be able to watch classic films and recent releases as you wind down for the night with a drink, in the company of your fellow travelers. So if you’re not in the mood to take advantage of the bar, or ready to retreat to your room, the cinema is a great place to spend an evening.

The Terrace & Sun Deck
When the weather’s nice, The Terrace – located at the bow of the ship – offers a beautiful setting to enjoy al-fresco dining. For the perfect start to your day, you can watch the sun rise with your morning tea or coffee and light breakfast. With a panoramic view, The Terrace is also a lovely place to grab a café-style lunch from a choice of pastas, pizzas, soups, sandwiches, and salad. And on select days, you’ll find us firing up the barbecue on the Sun Deck for a fantastic grilled feast.

 

Europe Christmas Markets all-gay river cruise 2019

Europe Christmas Markets All-Gay River Cruise 2019 Itinerary

  Date

Port

Arrive

Depart

  05 Dec    3 PM
  06 Dec   12:30 PM
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  12 Dec 8 AM 4 PM
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  19 Dec 8 AM  
 

VACAYA and Emerald Waterways have carefully planned this itinerary for your enjoyment. Although we do our best to adhere to published ports, dates, and times, both weather and river conditions may force us to alter the itinerary before or during the cruise.

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Europe Christmas gay cruise from Amsterdam

Day 1 - Thursday, December 5, 2019
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700 year old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to your Emerald Waterways luxury river cruise ship. After boarding, enjoy some time at your leisure to explore Amsterdam. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner on board.
Boarding Starts Approximately 3:00pm

 

Amsterdam Gay Christmas cruise

Day 2 - Friday, December 6, 2019
Amsterdam, Netherlands

This morning you can decide to either enjoy a glass top canal boat tour through Amsterdam’s canal or a guided bike tour. Return to the ship for your first day sailing through the Dutch countryside passing windmills and sailing through locks towards the Rhine River, and Germany’s gay mecca, Cologne!

 

Europe Christmas gay cruise - Cologne, Germany

Day 3 - Saturday, December 7, 2019
Cologne, Germany

One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne, straddles both sides of the Rhine, and is known for its soaring, twin-steepled gothic cathedral. This morning, join an included guided city walk or explore the Christmas Market at your leisure.

 

Europe Christmas gay cruise - Rüdesheim, Germany

Day 4 - Sunday, December 8, 2019
Rüdesheim, Germany

This morning, dock in pretty Rüdesheim, a typical Rhine Valley wine town. During this festive period the entire town transforms itself into one large Christmas Market, offering products and specialties from a number of nations, all presented in a distinctive manner. You’ll be spoiled by the selection of shops offering a vast variety of Christmas presents and decorations.

 

Europe Christmas gay cruise - Miltenberg, Germany

Day 5 - Monday, December 9, 2019
Miltenberg / Wertheim, Germany

Tucked away behind medieval defensive walls and towered gates, the picturesque Bavarian village of Miltenberg is a cultural gem on the banks of the Main River. This morning’s guided walk will acquaint you with the town’s delightful Marktplatz (market square), which centers around a Renaissance-era fountain and features striking half-timbered buildings, cobblestone lanes, one of the oldest inns in Germany, Haus zum Riesen (the giant’s house), and the gothic splendor of the Merchant Hall.

 

Europe Christmas gay cruise - Würzburg, Germany

Day 6 - Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Würzburg, Germany

Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. The city makes an immediate impression with imposing Marienberg Fortress perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrücke (Old Main Bridge).

 

Europe Christmas gay cruise - Bamberg, Germany

Day 7 - Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Bamberg, Germany

Learn everything about Christmas traditions onboard this morning. In the afternoon, focus on medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany’s most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Europe Christmas gay cruise - Nuremberg, Germany

Day 8 (1) - Thursday, December 12, 2019
Nuremberg, Germany

Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire.

Amsterdam to Nuremberg Cruise Ends / Nuremberg to Budapest Cruise Begins

Leaving guests disembarkation starts Approximately 7:30am, All leaving Guests Off The Ship By 10:00am

Embarkation for New Guests Starts Approximately 1:00pm. Ship Sails 4:00pm Sharp

 

Europe Christmas gay cruise - Regensburg, Germany

Day 9 (2) - Friday, December 13, 2019
Regensburg, Germany

Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Established during the Holy Roman Empire and the only German city not bombed during WWII, Regensburg has at least 1,300 listed buildings of historic interest. Architectural highlights include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD.

 

Europe Christmas gay cruise - Passau, Germany

Day 10 (3) - Saturday, December 14, 2019
Passau & Linz, Germany

Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. The Christkindlmarkt, Passau’s charming Christmas Market, is set against the stunning backdrop of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture.

 

Europe Christmas gay cruise - Melk, Austria

Day 11 (4) - Sunday, December 15, 2019
Melk & Dürnstein, Austria

Melk: Welcome to the beautiful and romantic Wachau Valley, where so much of Austria’s excellent wine is grown and produced. Visit the impressive 11th-century Benedictine Abbey, which towers over the town of Melk.
Dürnstein: The main street of this small town – with a population of less than 1,000 people – is lined with 16th-century residences and charming cobblestone streets.

 

Europe Christmas gay cruise - Vienna, Austria

Day 12 (5) - Monday, December 16, 2019
Vienna, Austria

Welcome to Vienna, Austria’s capital, known as the “City of Music” and the inspiration for the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and the dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral—plus, countless other sights your Certified Local Guide will show you during an included city sightseeing tour.

 

Europe Christmas gay cruise - Bratislava, Slovakia

Day 13 (6) - Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Bratislava, Slovakia

This morning we arrive at the city of Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia. Enjoy a sightseeing tour including the enchanting Old City with its Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin. Bratislava also charming Christmas markets throughout the city, which you can enjoy.

 

Europe Christmas gay cruise - Budapest, Hungary

Day 14 (7) - Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Budapest, Hungary

Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable.

 

Budapest Gay Christmas cruise

Day 15 (8) - Thursday, December 19, 2019
Budapest, Hungary

Our journey ends in Budapest, eastern Europe’s liveliest and most cosmopolitan city. It’s also one of the most popular destinations on our cruise. Today, disembark our rivership (All Guests Off The Ship By 10:00am) for further exploration of Hungary’s capital city on your own or to head home.

 

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Emerald Sky

Emerald Starship Sun Deck

Sun Deck

1 - Sun Deck with Deck Chairs; 2 - Navigation Bridge; 3 - Sky Barbecue; 4 - Golf Putting Green;
5 - Games Area; 6 - Retractable Glass Roof; 7 - Walking Track

Emerald Starship Sun Deck

Horizon Deck

8 - Daytime Pool & Bar / Evening Cinema; 9 - The Terrace; 10 - Horizon Bar and Lounge; 11 - Lift

Emerald Starship Vista Deck

Vista Deck

11 - Elevator; 12 - Reception; 13 - Wellness Area; 14 - Fitness Area; 15 - Reflections Restaurant

Emerald Starship Riviera Deck

Riviera Deck

11 - Lift; 16 - Hairdresser

 
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Europe Christmas Markets Gay River Cruise 2019 Rates

Category Description
Early Bird Price, per pers USD
Regular Price, per pers USD
AMS - NUR
NUR - BUD

SA - Owner's One Bedroom Suite
Horizon Deck

Emerald Starship Owner's Suite Horizon Deck. 315 sq.ft. Owner’s One-bedroom Suites boast their very own bedroom which closes off from the rest of the suite, a separate lounge area, and a fantastic outdoor balcony complete with open-air system, allowing you to enjoy the views of your surroundings whatever the weather.
$ 4,599

$ 4,999

S - Grand Balcony Suite
Horizon Deck

Emerald Starship Grand Balcony Suite Horizon Deck. 210 sq.ft. Each of Emerald’s Grand Balcony Suites has a number of complimentary amenities, such as an in-suite Nespresso machine – an added home comfort that means that you can relax with a hot beverage at any time, day or night. You’ll also have the option to order a delicious continental breakfast to enjoy on your balcony.
$ 3,949

$ 4,349

A - Panorama Balcony Suite
Horizon Deck

Emerald Starship Panorama Balcony Suite Horizon Deck. 180 sq.ft. These spectacular suites boast Emerald’s revolutionary indoor balcony design, complete with decking area, table and chairs – generating an entirely new space for you to enjoy the landscapes you pass. With the touch of a button, the upper part of the cabin’s floor-to-ceiling window drops down to unveil uninterrupted views of the stunning scenery, opening up the cabin and bringing the outdoors in.
$ 3,399

$ 3,699

B - Panorama Balcony Suite
Vista Deck

Emerald Starship Panorama Balcony Suite Vista Deck. 180 sq.ft. These spectacular suites boast Emerald’s revolutionary indoor balcony design, complete with decking area, table and chairs – generating an entirely new space for you to enjoy the landscapes you pass. With the touch of a button, the upper part of the cabin’s floor-to-ceiling window drops down to unveil uninterrupted views of the stunning scenery, opening up the cabin and bringing the outdoors in.
$ 3,149

$ 3,449

C - Panorama Balcony Suite
Vista Deck

Emerald Starship Panorama Balcony Suite Vista Deck. 180 sq.ft. These spectacular suites boast Emerald’s revolutionary indoor balcony design, complete with decking area, table and chairs – generating an entirely new space for you to enjoy the landscapes you pass. With the touch of a button, the upper part of the cabin’s floor-to-ceiling window drops down to unveil uninterrupted views of the stunning scenery, opening up the cabin and bringing the outdoors in.
$ 2,849

$ 3,149

D - Emerald Stateroom
Riviera Deck

Emerald Starship Stateroom Suite Riviera Deck. 162 sq.ft. Measuring 162 square feet, Emerald Staterooms are located on the Riviera Deck. The interior fixtures and amenities are identical to Emerald Balcony Suites. However, due to their lower deck position, Emerald Staterooms have a small fixed picture window instead of a balcony.
$ 2,249

$ 2,449

E - Emerald Stateroom
Riviera Deck

Emerald Starship Stateroom Suite Riviera Deck. 162 sq.ft. Measuring 162 square feet, Emerald Staterooms are located on the Riviera Deck. The interior fixtures and amenities are identical to Emerald Balcony Suites. However, due to their lower deck position, Emerald Staterooms have a small fixed picture window instead of a balcony.
$ 2,149

$ 2,349

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Price per person based on a double occupancy.

Prices are subject to change at any time – with or without notice.

Port taxes and admin fees are additional 199 USD per person.

Pre-Paid Gratuities are additional 99 USD per person.

Minimum Payment Schedule
25% First deposit per person is required upon booking, Second deposit of 25% is due 300 days before (February 8, 2019), Third deposit of 25% is due 240 days before (April 9, 2019). Full payment is due 180 days prior to departure (June 8, 2019).

Automatic Monthly Payments Option:
Your initial deposit is due at time of booking. Then, your remaining monthly payments will be calculated using the number of months between your booking and the final payment due date. Payments will be charged on the 15th or the last day of each month (determined automatically depending on the day of the month you book).

Early Pay in Full Option:
Paid-in-Full Reservations made through December 31, 2018 will receive a $100 Onboard Credit per person.

For guests embarking on December 5, 2019, transfers from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport (AMS) to the ship are included.

For guests disembarking on December 12, 2019, transfers from the ship to Nuremberg International Airport (NUE) are included.

For guests embarking on December 12, 2019, transfers from Nuremberg International Airport (NUE) to the ship are included.

For guests disembarking on December 19, 2019, transfers from the ship to Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) are included.

All reservations are subject to VACAYA Cancellation/Refund Policy and Terms and Conditions.

 

 

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