These warm days of early summer seem far away from wintertime frost. But in travel, time has its way of jumping ahead. That’s why so many of our clients are asking us now about Christmas and New Year’s cruises. The holiday season in Europe is so special. Twinkling lights sparkle on buildings and bridges. Whimsical displays brighten up storefronts. Bakeries are bursting with fragrant delicacies and cafes fill with locals warding off the winter chill.
Beginning in late November, Christmas markets beckon visitors from around the world. From small city centers to grand city halls, they’re a seasonal treat in the brightest of seasons. And they’re a highlight of our holiday cruises.
Sip hot spiced wine as you stroll from stand to stand at the Christmas markets. Shop for ornaments, toys, woolens and crafts of every kind. Sample hot pastries powdered with sugar and follow the aroma of warm ginger bread. Best of all; mingle with locals and fellow travelers.
You’ll see entire families strolling arm-in-arm and excited kids running ahead to sample treats at the next stand. Though each town (and indeed each market) holds its own local flair; the holiday cheer knows no boundaries. It makes Europe the warmest of destinations, even though you’ll be bundled up!
That warm spirit is especially evident once you board our AmaWaterways ships. Our wonderful crews work especially hard during the holidays to make you feel at home. You’ll find special menus, activities, décor and more to welcome you. Even Santa Claus himself is known to drop in.
And if you’re lucky enough to be with us for New Year’s Eve, we’ll ring in 2015 with a champagne toast and a promise to see more of the world.
Join us for our Christmas on the Rhine program. It begins on December 18, 2014 and includes two nights in Zurich and Lucerne. The snow-capped alpine vistas and lakes of Switzerland provide a fairytale prelude to a 7-night cruise from Basel to Amsterdam on the AmaCerto.
Or spend Christmas on the Danube with us. Begin with a three-night Christmas stay in magnificent Prague. Then, enjoy seven nights on the Danube from Vilshofen to Budapest on our beautiful AmaBella. We’ll celebrate New Year’s Eve in majestic Vienna.
This week is a time to enjoy beach picnics and fireworks. All of us here at AmaWaterways wish you the best as you celebrate summer. But remember, winter’s frost will be here before you know it.