Theme or specialty cruises are increasingly popular with first-time river cruisers as well as repeat passengers.
They’re cruises that take in seasonal sights and experiences, primarily in Europe.
Foremost among them are Christmas Market Cruises along the Danube and Rhine. Nearly every river cruise line operating in Europe offers a version of the Christmas cruise. They highlight the vibrant markets set up in town squares and city centers all through Europe. It’s a tradition that dates back centuries. Colorfully-decorated stands sell everything from ornaments to toys and woolens, with plenty of gingerbread, regional pastries and sausages to sample along the way.
Hot mulled gluhwein helps ward off the chill.
Back on board the ship, lines go all-out to deck the halls. Or deck the decks. Expect Christmas trees, special menus and treats, caroling and even small gifts for passengers.
Christmas Market sailings offer fun for all ages. So, they’re a great option for multi-generational travel.
In addition to the Christmas Markets, lines additional themed cruises throughout the year.
Among the most popular are:
- Wine Cruises
- Jewish Heritage Cruises
- Family Cruises
- Golf Cruises
- Art Appreciation Cruises