FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Riviera River Cruises is excited to announce it will offer new cruises on Europe’s Danube and Rhine rivers over Christmas and New Year’s during the 2020-21 holiday season. On Christmas cruises, explore festive markets, then enjoy a Christmas Day gala dinner and Christmas musical performances back on board the ship. On New Year’s cruises, ring in 2021 with drinks and canapés on board the ship at midnight New Year’s Eve, then wake to a New Year’s Day brunch. For more information about Riviera’s new Christmas and New Year’s cruises, as well as its Yuletide Markets cruises in the weeks leading up to the holidays, visit https://www.rivierarivercruises.com or call 888-838-8820.
“The holidays are one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit Europe, and travel advisors can now send their clients there to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s with Riviera,” said Marilyn Conroy, Riviera River Cruises’ Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing North America. “They’ll cruise the Danube and Rhine rivers in their wintry splendor, exploring markets filled with festive lights, artisan decorations and seasonal treats, then return to the comfort of the ship for Christmas dinner or to toast the New Year at midnight if desired. And now that we can better support advisors by arranging flights and extra hotel nights for clients as part of our booking process, we hope you’ll think of Riviera first for your clients’ holiday travels abroad.”
Highlights of Christmas and New Year’s cruises on the Danube and Rhine rivers include:
- Christmas on the Blue Danube: Aboard a ship adorned with garlands and a majestic Christmas tree, cruise from Budapest, Hungary, to Linz, Austria, and back with guided tours of Bratislava, Melk, Linz or Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest, and visits to the Esztergom Basilica, Melk Abbey and Schönbrunn Palace. Enjoy time to explore Christmas markets, as well as a Christmas Day gala dinner, a Christmas classical quartet recital and a Hungarian Christmas folklore show on board. Eight-day cruise starts at $3,019 per person based on double occupancy.
- Christmas on the Rhine: Aboard a ship adorned with garlands and a majestic Christmas tree, cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge from Cologne, Germany, to Strasbourg, France, and back with guided tours of Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg, Boppard and Cologne. Enjoy time to explore Christmas markets, as well as a Christmas Day gala dinner, a Christmas musical performance, a folklore show and a classical music concert on board. Eight-day cruise starts at $3,039 per person based on double occupancy.
- New Year on the Blue Danube: Cruise from Budapest, Hungary, to Bratislava, Slovakia, and Vienna, Austria, and back, with guided tours of all three as well as a visit to Schönbrunn Palace. Enjoy New Year’s Eve drinks and canapés at midnight, a New Year’s Day brunch, a classical music recital and a Hungarian folklore show on board. Six-day cruise starts at $2,049 per person based on double occupancy.
- New Year on the Rhine: Cruise through the dramatic Rhine Gorge from Cologne, Germany, to Frankfurt and back with guided tours of Rüdesheim, Frankfurt, Koblenz and Cologne. Enjoy New Year’s Eve drinks and canapés at midnight, a New Year’s Day brunch, a folklore show and a classical music concert on board. Six-day cruise starts at $2,079 per person based on double occupancy.
Riviera River Cruises offers 19 itineraries on 10 rivers and waterways, including exclusive departures for solo travelers with no single supplement. Its fleet of 13 ships is one of the youngest in Europe, with none older than six years. Riviera’s cruises include spacious cabins and suites, fine culinary experiences from sumptuous breakfasts to four-course dinners featuring international classics and regional specialties, and expert-led excursions to classic sights and lesser-known places.
Riviera guarantees exceptional value, promising never to add hidden surcharges or fees. Riviera also doesn’t automatically include gratuities or drinks, so the choice is up to guests.
For more information about Riviera River Cruises, visit https://www.rivierarivercruises.com or call 888-838-8820. Travel advisors can find information about 2020 itineraries, ships and pricing in Riviera River Cruises’ recently updated catalog or through the agency portal on the website.
Riviera River Cruises
Riviera River Cruises is the United Kingdom’s leading river cruise operator, with a North American office in Fairfield, Connecticut. Riviera is known for its highly rated, award-winning service, its ships with spacious cabins and suites, relaxed atmosphere, sumptuous on-board meals and captivating excursions, and its exceptional value. Riviera puts its guests first, hosting over 100,000 guests on its river cruises in the past five years, and is very supportive of the travel agency community, with programs such as a dedicated portal for advisors. For more information, visit https://www.rivierarivercruises.com or call 888-838-8820.