Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon

Cruises for all Seasons

Spring Image - Keukenhof Gardens

Cruises for all seasons

The time of year makes a huge difference to your river cruise experience. You could be relaxing on the sun deck as you cruise past swathes of ripe vineyards, or you could be sat in the cosy lounge enjoying pretty winter scenes through panoramic windows. It all depends on when you travel, so here’s a look at the highlights each season brings to river cruising.


It all starts in the Netherlands, where millions of flowering bulbs herald the start of the river cruise season. As well as floral extravaganzas, there’s beautiful architecture, medieval villages and ancient castles to admire, all of which take on a fresh appearance following the winter slumber.

Rhine Cruise & Swiss Delightsaboard ms Serenity, 9 days from £899

Springtime in the Gardens of Holland & Belgiumaboard ms Serenity, 7 days from £779

Rhône & Saône Cruise through Burgundy & Provenceaboard ms Amadeus Provence, 8 days from £1499

Elegant Elbe, Berlin & Prague aboard ms Princess, 9 days from £1169


Summer brings out the best in everything: culture, arts, music, food and wine – even the weather can surprise you as you enjoy relaxing days on the river, taking in beautiful scenery along the way. And because it’s such a lovely time of year, you can make the most of it on a longer cruise.

Up the Rhine & Down the Danube aboard ms Serenity, 15 days from £1999

The Danube to the Black Sea aboard ms Serenity, 15 days from £1999

Baltic Isles, Berlin & Poland aboard ms Princess, 9 days from £1399

Rhine & Moselle Explorer aboard ms Serenity, 9 days from £999



There’s something particularly special about a river cruise in the autumn, with vibrant colours reflecting all along the river. This is when the grapes that grow in the valleys are harvested for wine, an important occasion that’s celebrated in the towns and villages along the riverbanks.

Rhine in Flames aboard mps Lady Anne, 8 days from £819

Cruise the Rhine to Switzerlandaboard mps Lady Anne, 10 days from £979

River Douro Cruise aboard ms Douro Spirit, 8 days from £1399

Cruise the Danube to Vienna & Budapest aboard ms Serenity, 10 days from £999



Many streets and squares across Europe are taken over every winter by festive markets, each one bursting with quality, originality and character. It creates a wonderful atmosphere as everyone begins to wind down and enjoy the festivities, so it’s a magical time to cruise.

German Christmas Marketsa board mps Lady Anne, 4 days from £289

Strasbourg Christmas Market aboard ms Serenity, 4 days from £399

Christmas Rhine Cruise aboard mps Lady Anne, 7 days from £749

New Year Cruise aboard ms Serenity, 7 days from £699

View more articles