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European Christmas Markets River Cruises With 2021 Pricing

Leaving home for the holidays can be a hard. For some it feels like you are leaving behind tradition, family and friends, all of which seems unthinkable. I was one of those people – until I did my first Christmas Markets cruise.

The year was 2010, and I was a mere 14 years old. I had done only one other river cruise, and that was on the Mekong. So not only was this my first Christmas Markets cruise, but also my first river cruise in Europe.


AmaBella docked along the Rhine. © Britton Frost


While it was hard to say goodbye to most of my immediate family and my lifelong Christmas traditions, I knew that taking a Christmas cruise on the Rhine was going to be a wonderful opportunity. The snowcapped villages, charming markets, and cheerful locals awaited me, and I was ready to take it all in.


Christmas Markets – like this one in Vienna, Austria – are all about unique crafts, local food and traditions. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders


Shortly after boarding AmaBella, I knew that the journey ahead was going to be a memorable one. Everyone on the ship seemed to adopt the Christmas mentality to “eat, drink, and be merry.” There were many late nights spent in the lounge where we danced, shared stories about our own holiday traditions back home, sang, and more.


New friends made aboard AmaBella. © Britton Frost


It is hard to say what stood out more – the beautiful towns and markets that we visited on this trip, or the time spent aboard with my fellow passengers. Both complemented each other so well. In fact, a large group of us made sure that we were in the same tour group for most excursions so that we didn’t have to part ways throughout the day.

This was easily my favorite river cruise that I have ever taken, and I am so excited to take my next Christmas cruise at the end of this year aboard AmaMagna. But enough about my Christmas cruise, let’s take a look at pricing as well as some of the Christmas Market itineraries offered in 2021 so that you can choose a sailing to give you the same wonderful experience that I had.


For prices and more information, please visit the original article at River Cruise Advisor.

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