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’Tis the season to be jolly

Brussels Christmas Market

’Tis the season to be jolly

Christmas; it’s that magical time of year that brings friends and families together and where better to do so than on board one of our homely ships...

We kickstart the 2016 festivities with our Captain’s Rhine Valley Turkey & Tinsel cruise aboard the mps Lady Anne. It’s the most exciting time of year for Captain Wildo and his crew, and it's perfect if you're away over Christmas and don't want to miss out on any of the traditions, or if you just fancy a double dose of festive fun!

Then there are our popular Christmas market cruises and Europe is home to some of the best in the world, with an undeniable joie de vivre and a nostalgic blend of traditions that tease the senses.

Finally, you can even escape the responsibility of hosting your own Christmas or New Year celebrations and join us in a beautiful location where we’ve taken care of everything.

Call our Holiday Advisors for more information or take a look at our first edition 2017 brochure.

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Bloomin' Wonderful

Keukenhof Gardens

Bloomin’ wonderful

They’re the number one gift for any occasion, but there’s much more to flowers than meets the eye. Obviously there’s the physical enjoyment we get from looking at a colourful display and enjoying the sweet smelling aroma, but it goes much deeper than this with scientific research proving that flowers have a positive effect on our wellbeing.

So we can think of nothing better than one of our floral cruises, which range from five to seven days and glide along tranquil rivers, visiting some of the most vibrant horticultural attractions in Europe. Our Amsterdam & Bulbfi elds Spectacular itinerary aboard the mps Lady Anne is a particular favourite which we offer every year and for 2017 you can enjoy a new itinerary, plus Charlie Dimmock is joining us for a special departure. We’re also pleased to be able to offer more dates in 2017 for Springtime in the Gardens of Holland & Belgium aboard the ms Serenity, which sold out this year. Take a look at our first edition 2017 brochure for full details of our fl oral cruises – they’re a front row seat for nature’s annual springtime show.

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What our passengers say about our cruises...

What our passengers say about our cruises...

Once more a wonderful holiday on the Lady Anne, our third to date and hopefully many more!
Hope to see you next year.
Betty and Neville Robinson (April 2011)

Our first cruise and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The captain and crew made us very
welcome from start to finish. We will certainly be back again.
Pat and Mick Cronie (2014)

The staff on the Lady Anne are wonderful. We have never met such happy and pleasant people.
Norma and Robert (Nov 2014)

Have had a great trip you and your very friendly staff which has made our time with you
really memorable. We hope to come back in the future.
Brenda and Peter Bruce (2014) 

What a lovely break it’s been. Only wish it could have been longer. The staff are excellent,
the atmosphere great, and this has made it a wonderful time for us both.
Thank you Anne and Colin Sandell

Our group of 12 had a wonderful time and we will all be back for next New Year. Thank you
for all your help. Everyone was impressed by your staff and the food.
Janet Cubbage (Dec 2014 New Year Cruise)

Thank you for looking after us so well. We had a great time, our second trip on the Lady Anne.
Fantastic food and service.
Anne and Peter Bridle (28 Feb 2015)

What a lovely trip- thank you to all the crew for making it such a memorable holiday.
We’ll be back.
Leo and Eve Clements (2 April 2015)

We had a great time, the boat was so nice, it had a wonderful feeling of warmth and charm.
Barbara Frastick and Jenny Lear (11 April 2015)

From 2006 -2015 we have had many enjoyable trips on this beautiful ship, Lady Anne and
look forward to many more to come.
Ken and Marion

Our first trip on the Lady Anne – WOW – what a trip. Thank you so much to all the crew
for making our holiday so enjoyable and one not to forget. We will be back.
Janet Shore and Helen Kershaw (25 July 2015)

Thank you for a great trip, specially for our 40th wedding anniversary. Wonderful ship and staff.
Will definitely come again.
George and Doreen Homes (25 July 2015)

This was our first cruise on the River Rhine and it won’t be our last on the Lady Anne, what a
beautiful boat. We have had the most fantastic time.
Bernie and Ray James, Rhine in Flames, 15 Sept 2015

Our second time aboard the Lady Anne and once again we had a wonderful time.
I’m sure it won’t be the last.
Sylvia & Rob Tamplin, 11-20 August

Our second trip on the Lady Anne, enjoyed it as much as the first. Lovely crew, lovely ship,
lovely food. We are booking a trip next year again.
Jo Taylor and John Whils 11-20 August

Thanks to Jana and her brilliant team. They made this trip go like a dream.
Dougie and Lauren Nish 10-19 May 2013

To the Captain and all the crew we thank you once again for making our stay aboard the
Lady Anne such a memorable holiday.
Margaret and Ron Harris, Eileen and Derick Bidwell

“Thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. The places visited were interesting and the tours
were good value for money.”
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“I found the Company very helpful from the time we began the booking procedure to
the end of the cruise. Looking forward to dealing with you again in the future.”
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“Fantastic cruise. We have booked another trip for next year.”
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“An excellent holiday and well thought-out programme. We had a great time. Staff all polite
and helpful. All excursions well arranged and most enjoyable. We’ll be back!”
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Excursion Melk Abbey

  • Melk Abbey
  • Melk
  • Melk Abbey
Melk AbbeyMelkMelk Abbey

Discover one of the world’s most famous monastic sites on a Melk Abbey trip with The River Cruise Line. Melk Abbey is one of the most famous monastic houses in Austria. Today, it is a prestigious school with around 900 students, yet black-robed Benedictine monks still stroll among the marble structures and frescoed walls. Our guided tour shows you the magnificent interiors and leads you on to the terrace where you can enjoy fine views of the Danube and the town below.

You can enjoy this fantastic excursion on our Cruise the Danube to Vienna and Budapest, Danube Discovery Cruise and Stay, and The Danube to the Black Sea itineraries.


• Melk has been spiritual and cultural centre of Austria for more than 1,000 years

• The library contains around 100,000 volumes of priceless work, many of which are over 500 years old

• Napoléon Bonaparte used the abbey as his headquarters during the campaign against Austria in the early 19th century


• The church, with its astonishing number of windows

• The marble hall, with its stunning fresco that gives the impression that the ceiling curves up higher than it is – it is actually flat

• The library, where you can admire the richly decorated galleries and bookshelves filled with ancient leather-bound books

• Try the monastery’s own wine in the onsite restaurant (not included)

Book your trip to Melk Abbey as part of an excursion package and save money. For more information on our optional excursions, please feel free to contact our holiday advisors today.

Excursion Ahlbeck & the Isle of Usedom

  • Ahlbeck
  • Isle of Usedom
AhlbeckIsle of Usedom

Enjoy an optional scenic tour of the isle of Usedom with The River Cruise Line’s as part of our Baltic Isles, Berlin and Poland cruise. Usedom is the second largest island in Germany and home to an astounding range of landscapes: white beaches, marshy lowlands, wooded hills, and a number of lakes and lagoons, all of which make the island a biodiversity hotspot. Our tour crosses Usedom to visit the elegant seaside towns of Ahlbeck and Heringsdorf, where you can relax and explore at leisure.


• Usedom is a bi-national island with the larger western part belonging to Germany and the smaller eastern part belonging to Poland

• It’s the sunniest place in Germany, offering around 2,000 hours of sunshine each year

• There are currently 16 breeding pairs of eagles in and around Usedom, which is the highest population in Germany


• Ahlbeck pier, with its 280 metre long jetty and art nouveau style building, is the most famous landmark of the island

• Heringsdorf pier, the longest structure of its kind in continental Europe

• The beach promenade, which joins the three imperial resorts of Heringsdorf, Bansin and Ahlbeck

Book your Isle of Usedom trip as part of an excursion package and save money. For more unique destinations with The River Cruise Line, you can also visit the Black Sea on our cruises down the Danube.

For more information on our optional excursions, please feel free to contact our holiday advisors today.

Excursion Lucerne

  • Lucerne
  • Lucerne
  • Lucerne

Enjoy an amazing Lucerne excursion with The River Cruise Line on our Cruise the Rhine to Switzerland and Rhine Cruise and Swiss delights cruises. This small city is found in the very heart of Switzerland, nestling on the edge of Lake Lucerne and surrounded by mountains. Our excursion takes you by coach from our ship to the north-west shore of the lake where you have a full day at leisure. A packed lunch is provided.


• Capital of the Canton of Lucerne

• The most populous city in Switzerland

• German-speaking


• The old town sits on the bank of the Reuss and is filled with many old burghers’ houses and little squares with fountains

• The 14th-century Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) and the octagonal water tower, which is one of the most photographed scenes in Switzerland

• The Lion Monument (Löwendenkmal), a huge figure of a dying lion hewn from the face of a rock ledge to commemorate the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution

• Several boat trips of different lengths explore the lake

• The mountains of Pilatus, Rigi and Stanserhorn are made accessible by cableways

Book your Lucerne trip as part of an excursion package and save money. For more information on our optional excursions, please feel free to contact our holiday advisors today.

Excursion Cologne Highlights

  • Cologne
  • Cologne

Take part in a spectacular Cologne Highlights trip with The River Cruise Line. Cologne is the largest city that nestles along the Rhine and the fourth largest city in Germany. Its roots go back some 2,000 years and it is home to a vast array of sights and attractions, all dominated by the towering cathedral which was among the most ambitious building projects undertaken in the middle ages. The old town is filled with quaint alleys which are lined with traditional old houses and adorned with monuments and fountains. Cologne is particularly beautiful in the run up to Christmas, when hundreds of stalls spread out across the city, offering a huge range of quality gifts and a wonderfully authentic atmosphere. Take a look at our German Christmas Markets cruise for a fantastic festive experience.


• Cologne was the hometown of Johann Maria Farina, who created a fragrance and named it Eau de Cologne

• It took 632 years to build Cologne Cathedral

• Cologne has a staggering 12 churches located within the city walls

• It is also home to around 40 museums, one of which is dedicated entirely to chocolate


• Enjoy the company of our Cruise Manager as we walk around Cologne

• Admire the magnificent cathedral with its ornate details

• Cross the iconic Hohenzollern Bridge

• Free time to browse the famous shopping centres

Book our Cologne Highlights excursion as part of a package and save money. For more information on our optional excursions, please feel free to contact our Holiday Advisors.

Excursion Bad Ems & the Emperor's Spa

  • Bad Ems
  • Bad Ems
Bad EmsBad Ems

Visit one of Europe’s oldest spa towns on a Bad Ems trip with The River Cruise Line. The town of Bad Ems straddles the Lahn river, a tributary of the Rhine, in Germany. In the middle ages, archbishops, knights and dukes came here in search of a cure for their ailments; in the baroque period it was barons and princesses, and in the 19th century, emperors, tsars and monarchs along with artists and scholars from all over Europe spent many weeks of the year in Bad Ems – it is dubbed ‘the Emperor’s Spa’ due to its most famous guest, Emperor Wilhelm I. To this day, it is still a sought after destination with exceptional spa facilities offering a full spectrum of treatments, but its past is still visible at every turn with impressive architecture set in a beautiful landscape. Bad Ems is also famous for the largest flower festival in Germany, which takes place at the end of August each year and attracts many thousands of visitors. During our Bad Ems excursion we follow the traces of its history and famous guests, and take in some of the main highlights.


• Bad Ems was first mentioned in official documents in 880 and received its town charter in 1324

• Some of the works by composer Jacques Offenbach were performed for the first time in the Marble Hall

• In 2014, the spa was extended with a swimming river sauna which is unique in Germany


• The Marble Hall, which was designed according to the former architectural style of a basilica with marble columns and a decorative ceiling

• The Spa Theatre, scene for numerous musical, opera and theatre events

• Benefit from the company of an experienced guide

Book our Bad Ems & the Emperor’s spa excursion as part of a package and save money. Take a look at our cruises for more beautiful destinations or contact our Holiday Advisors for further information on any of our holidays.

Excursion Walking tour of Koblenz

  • Koblenz
  • Koblenz
  • Koblenz

Join a captivating walking tour of Koblenz on a Rhine cruise with The River Cruise Line. Koblenz has a long history that spans some 2,000 years. It owes its name to the Romans, who settled here and called it ‘castellum apud confluentes’ which roughly translates as ‘castle at the confluence of the rivers’. It was then captured by the Franks and was also chosen as a place of residence for German prince electors, conquered by the French and fortified by the Prussians. In more recent times, the Deutsches Eck (German Corner), where the sparkling Moselle joins the mighty Rhine, was at the centre of much debate following the damage caused in 1945 to the statue of Emperor Wilhelm I, which had stood here since 1897. It wasn’t until 1993 that a new statue was inaugurated and today it is a popular viewing platform for tourists. All this makes for a fascinating place, with beautiful architecture set around the narrow lanes and romantic squares of the historic centre, and our walking tour with our Cruise Manager is a great way to explore.

Facts:• Koblenz is one of the main trading centres for wines of the Rhine and Moselle

• The Koblenz cable car is Germany’s first three-wire cable car and has the highest performance in the world

• During its years of active service, Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which stands across from the Deutsches Eck, has never been attacked

Highlights:• St Castor’s basilica, which was given the status of a basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1992

• The Church of our Lady with has a range of architectural styles

• The Deutsches Eck and the statue of Emperor Wilhelm I

• The boy in the Schängel fountain who spits water across the courtyard at random

Join our Koblenz walking tour as part of an excursion package and save money. For more information on our optional excursions, please feel free to contact our Holiday Advisors.

Excursion Medieval Eltville

  • The Rhine
  • Eltville Castle
The RhineEltville Castle

Discover a charming town on the Medieval Eltville trip with The River Cruise Line. Eltville is in the Rheingau region of Germany on the Rhine and is surrounded by beautiful scenery made up of forests, vineyards, stunning estates and castles. It rose to prominence in the middle ages when it became the residence of the archbishops of Mainz. More recently it is known for its beautiful rose gardens and was granted the title Rose City in 1988. It is also home to one of the top sparkling wine producers in the country. During our excursion you are free to explore the old town centre, which is filled with countless historic buildings, noble estates, aristocratic villas, beautiful courtyards and a romantic promenade along the Rhine. It’s a beautiful place to explore at your own pace and while away a few hours.


• Eltville was granted official town status in 1332

• It was also granted the title Rose City in 1988 by the Association of German Rose Growers

• More than 20,000 roses grow in Eltville, including the flaming red City of Eltville and Beautiful Eltville which smells like apples


• The fairytale silhouette of Electors’ Castle, which was built in 1330 and overlooks the Rhine

• The roses set out along the city wall, in the castle moat and along the Rhine promenade, which delight all who visit

• Martin’s Gate, the only remaining of the original four city gates

•  The ornate half-timbered buildings of the old school and the town hall

Book our Medieval Eltville excursion as part of a package and save money. Take a look at our cruises for more beautiful destinations or contact our Holiday Advisors for further information on any of our holidays.