MS George Eliot | Courtesy of Riviera River Cruises

Here’s where Riviera River Cruises will sail to this Christmas & New Year’s

FAIRFIELD, CT — It’s never too early to start thinking of the holidays, says Riviera River Cruises, which has just unveiled its new cruises over the 2020-21 holiday season.

“The holidays are one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit Europe, and travel advisors can now send their clients there to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s with Riviera,” said Marilyn Conroy, Riviera River Cruises’ Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing North America. “And now that we can better support advisors by arranging flights and extra hotel nights for clients as part of our booking process, we hope you’ll think of Riviera first for your clients’ holiday travels abroad.”


MS William Wordsworth deluxe balcony suite | Courtesy of Riviera River Cruises


MS George Eliot lobby | Courtesy of Riviera River Cruises

Highlights of the holiday season on the Danube and Rhine rivers include:

• Christmas on the Blue Danube: The ship, adorned with garlands and a majestic Christmas tree, will cruise from Budapest to Linz and back over eight days, with guided tours of Bratislava, Melk, Linz or Salzburg. Guests will visit Christmas markets, enjoy a Christmas Day gala dinner and classical quartet recital, and take in a Hungarian Christmas folklore show onboard. Price starts at US$3,019 per person, double occupancy.

• Christmas on the Rhine: This eight-day cruise, priced from $3,039 per person, double occupancy, sails through the Rhine Gorge from Cologne to Strasbourg and back. Guided tours of Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg, Boppard and Cologne are included. Other highlights include Christmas markets, a gala dinner, a Christmas musical performance and a classical music concert onboard.

• New Year on the Blue Danube: Priced from $2,039 per person, double, this six-day cruise sails from Budapest to Bratislava, Slovakia and Vienna and back, with guided tours of all three included, plus a visit to Schönbrunn Palace. Guests will enjoy New Year’s Eve drinks and canapés at midnight, a New Year’s Day brunch, a classical music recital and a Hungarian folklore show onboard.

• New Year on the Rhine: While on this six-day cruise, guests will sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge from Cologne to Frankfurt and back, and enjoy guided tours of Rüdesheim, Frankfurt, Koblenz and Cologne. They’ll also be treated to drinks and canapé4s at midnight on New Year’s Eve as well as a folkore show and classical concert onboard. Prices start at $2,079 per person, double.

Last month Riviera River Cruises announced that in North America, it is now accepting bookings for its European river cruises only from travel agents. Consumers who contact Riviera directly will be referred to their agent to book their river cruise. Those who don’t already have an agent will be referred to the nearest Riviera-preferred advisor.

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