Emerald Cruises launches Oberammergau sailings and Earlybird savings

Emerald Cruises launches Oberammergau sailings and Earlybird savings

VANCOUVER — Emerald Cruises has announced 2022 Oberammergau sailings that combine show tickets with a Danube River cruise, plus savings of $2,500 per couple.

The 10-day voyages include departures in May, June, July and September 2022, giving guests plenty of flexibility when planning their trip. Depending on the departure date, guests will either begin or end their trip with an eight-day sailing aboard one of Emerald’s modern 180-passenger river ships along the Danube. Itineraries visit four countries – Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany – with port calls in Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna as well as small towns and villages. Daily tour options include a guided bike tour in Vienna, a hike to Bratislava castle and leisurely paced walking tours.

The Passion Play portion of the journey includes one-day admission to the play, a one-night stay in both Munich and Oberammergau with tours of both cities, transfers to or from the airport and ship, and some meals.

Guests booking their Passion Play itinerary by May 16, 2021 will receive a savings of $2,500 per couple at a starting price of $4,820 per person, plus those booking a suite on the Horizon Deck will receive a €150 onboard credit per person. In addition, those who book by Feb. 28, 2021 and pay in full 12 months in advance of departure date will receive a limited-time Super Earlybird savings of an additional 10% off the cruise portion only (does not apply to Category D/E or ES cabins). As with all Emerald sailings, all daily excursions, meals, gratuities, port charges, ship transfers and wine and beer with dinner and lunch are included in the price of the sailing.

In addition, all bookings come with the line’s flexible booking policy that allows guests to defer travel plans and transfer to an alternate departure date or itinerary up to 60 days prior to departure, with no Emerald Cruises fees. The Deposit Protection Plan (value of $125 per person) is a complimentary inclusion in all bookings and allows guests flexibility with their travel dates without having to worry about losing their deposits.

For groups looking to attend the Passion Play, Emerald Cruises’ Group Value Program is applicable to groups as small as 10 guests. Perks include one tour conductor credit with every nine paying guests, and Group Amenity Points (GAP), which is a group choice of unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks onboard (not including minibar) or a $50 discount, or €50 onboard credit. Group quotes can be obtained by contacting Emerald Cruises’ Groups Specialist at 1-844-788-7987 or groups@gmeraldcruises.ca.

The once-in-a-decade Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany, which depicts the life and death of Jesus, was originally scheduled for 2020 but was pushed back to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Considered the world’s longest-running play, it first started in 1634 and has been performed only 42 times since then.