A journey that will make you believe in holiday magic all over again.
Once upon a time, people gathered on cobblestone
squares to buy the special tools and ingredients
they needed to make the treats of the season. They
kept warm with hot spiced wine, music and games
while they shopped and chatted with the local
tradesmen. Those were the first Christmas markets,
500 years ago. Today, though the light comes
from twinkling electric bulbs rather than torches,
bonhomie and fun still prevail.
Discover villages with fairytale houses and a friendly,
festive atmosphere. Share traditional holiday goodies
with the people who made them. Watch as modern
children abandon their usual electronics and discover
the enchantment of handcarved wooden toys, as
scents of cinnamon and roasting nuts fill the air. Sail
through Christmas country, trying Frankfurt’s famous
apple cider, Bamberg’s specially brewed holiday beer
and Nuremberg’s gingerbread. Throughout, cozy up
to steaming mugs of glühwein (warm spiced wine)
and do as the locals do by collecting different mugs
from each stall and town you visit.
Embrace the holiday spirit in Germany, the land
where many Christmas traditions began, and find
the magic of the season in the smiles that you meet
along the way.
Who will enjoy this cruise
Those wanting to experience the quintessential
magic of the holidays while shopping for one-of-akind
treasures and discovering the legends behind
some of our most popular holiday traditions.
Multigenerational family-friendly program (Select sailing)
Share the magic of a European holiday with the
special young people in your life on this multigenerational
“Classic Christmas Markets” cruise
filled with lots of family holiday merrymaking.