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The River Cruise Line

The River Cruise Line guarantee a memorable holiday, whether you’re after a grand journey on the iconic River Rhine or a seasonal trip to Strasbourg - book today with Cruise Direct…

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The River Cruise Line guarantee a memorable holiday, whether you’re after a grand journey on the iconic River Rhine, a seasonal trip to Strasbourg to visit the Christmas markets or attending local events at various European destinations.

Why choose The River Cruise Line;

Full Board River Cruising- All meals are included as part of your package including tea and coffee with lunch and evening meal.

Coach travel available- selected cruises offer coach travel to the port from your local area

Optional Excursions- A selection of excursions is available if you wish to embark the ship for a further day of exploring


MS Serenity

The MS Serenity is the leading ship of the premier cruise collection which visits some of the most beautiful places in Europe. Exuding style and offering a friendly atmosphere, there is plenty of space to gather with friends for drinks enjoying the spectacular river views from the Panorama Deck as you pass by.


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Strasbourg Christmas Markets 2018
Departing 5th and 8th December
4 days
From £499pp*
*Based on by coach, rail or air may be available

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Folkestone
  • Ferry crossing at Folkstone
  • Overnight hotel in Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • Join at Ship

Visit the most well-known Christmas markets in Strasbourg for a truly festive experience! Sip on mulled wine, purchase decorations and gifts from the large selection of stalls or attend seasonal events and exhibitions.

Included in the Price

  • Executive return coach travel from a departure point near you
  • Return Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get together and Party Night
  • En suite cabin accommodation aboard the MS Serenity
  • Full board during your cruise
  • Entertainment every night of your cruise
  • Visits to Mainz, Mannheim and Strasbourg
  • Services of our Cruise Manager & Cruise Director


Day 1: UK – Mainz
Travel to Mainz by either coach or rail arriving early evening and settling into your cabin aboard the beautiful MS Serenity

Day 2: Mannheim
Arrive in Mannheim in the morning with plenty of time to enjoy the Christmas market, one of the largest in south west Germany. Located on the Rhine, there is many sightseeing opportunities including Mannheim Palace, Luisenpark and the Fernmeldeturm.

An optional excursion to Heidelberg is available in the afternoon where you can more Christmas markets that feature around 140 stalls.

Day 3: Strasbourg
Disembark the ship and explore the amazing city of Strasbourg, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit sites such as the cathedral of Notre-Dame, Kammerzell house and the Church of Saint-Thomas. The main attraction is Strasbourg Christmas market, known as the oldest and largest in Europe. Spread over 11 areas of the city and host to the 100ft ‘Great Christmas tree’, a giant ice rink and themed events, this will certainly be the highlight of your holiday!

Day 4: Mainz – UK
Bid farewell to the Captain and his crew and commence the return journey to the UK.


Christmas Rhine Cruise 2018 
Departing 23rd December
7 days
From £799pp*
*Based on by coach, rail or air may be available

Travel options available:

  • Coach via Dover
  • Join a Ferry crossing at Dover
  • Overnight hotel in Dover or Ashford
  • Eurostar from London St Pancras
  • By Air
  • Join at the Ship 

Experience Christmas with a difference by joining a relaxing river cruise through the Rhine Valley. Traditions are taken care of on board the ship with seasonal decorations, delicious festive food, and an enjoyable programme of entertainment. Relax and enjoy this special Christmas cruise!

Included in the Price

  • Return travel from the UK
  • Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together & party night
  • En suite cabin accommodation aboard the MS Serenity
  • Six nights’ cruise on a full board basis
  • Traditional Christmas lunch
  • Early risers and mid-morning tea/coffee
  • Entertainment on every night of your cruise
  • Visits to Bonn, Andernach, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Königswinter & Cologne
  • Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager



Day 1: UK – Bonn
Travel to the city of Bonn and on arrival, board the MS Serenity where you can relax and enjoy the festive atmosphere. In the evening, journey into the historic centre of Bonn where the town hall has been transformed into a giant advent calendar

Day 2 Christmas Eve: Bonn – Andernach
Spend the morning at your leisure or discover the architectural heritage of Bonn. In the afternoon, cruise upriver to Andernach and in the evening gather together with other guests for a Christmas Eve dinner. The Cruise manager will accompany any guest who wishes to attend a midnight mass at a local church.

Day 3 Christmas Day: Andernach –Rüdesheim
Merry Christmas! Enjoy the views as you cruise through the amazing Rhine Gorge heading towards the picturesque wine town of Rüdesheim. Enjoy a traditional British Christmas lunch and if you wish, join an optional excursion that includes a visit to the Mechanical Music Museum of Siegfried and a mug of glühwein. In the evening, relax on board to enjoy the entertainment or travel into the charismatic street of Drosselgasse. 

Day 4 Boxing Day: Rüdesheim – Koblenz
Travel back through the Rhine Gorge to the walled city of Koblenz where your afternoon is free to explore.

Day 5: Koblenz – Königswinter
Continue down the Rhine, stopping at the sleepy town of Königswinter which nestles at the foot of the Siebengebirge hills. Explore at your own leisure or join the optional excursion through the Ahr valley, visiting the oldest wine cooperative in the world for a tour and tasting.

Day 6: Königswinter – Cologne
The final stop is Cologne. This beautiful city is the largest on the Rhine and is dominated by its cathedral, a gothic masterpiece which hovers above the rooftops. You are free to explore this vibrant city, or you can join an optional highlights excursion

Day 7: Cologne – UK
Bid farewell to the captain and crew and disembark for the return journey to the UK.