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Guests: 180

Crew: 51

Cabins: 91

Length: 135 m

Guest Decks: 4

 

 

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Europe Christmas All-Gay River Cruise 2023

December 02–09, 2023
Emerald Waterways Emerald Sun

7 nights from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Europe Christmas Gay Cruise 2023This is your chance to make the Yuletide gay as VACAYA explores the Christmas Markets of Europe aboard the beautiful Emerald Sun from December 2-9, 2023. We’re sailing from stunning Basel, Switzerland to über-LGBT-friendly Amsterdam! If you’ve never explored the Christmas Markets of Europe or if you sailed with us in 2019, the itinerary for our 2023 adventure is ALL NEW as we sail the Rhine and experience the very best of Switzerland, Germany, France, and The Netherlands. Powered by the elves of VACAYA, this 2023 adventure is your Christmas wish come true!

 

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Looking to capture the Christmas spirit in 2023? THIS is the one!

Immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas as you journey through Europe’s storybook villages. Our voyage begins in Basel, Switzerland (or Zurich, if you’d like to extend your stay), and we’ll sail northward down the Rhine (oh yes… DOWN… the Rhine runs south to north), where enchanting villages and imposing castles await in splendor! You’ll sample tasty yuletide treats, drink glühwein ’til your heart’s content, and indulge in delicious regional delicacies as you browse colorful stalls for handcrafted ornaments and unique gifts.

 

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VACAYA’s Europe Christmas Cruise features an ALL-NEW, never-before-experienced itinerary that will fill your heart with Christmas cheer at every turn. Over 7 glorious nights, we’ll sail to Breisach, Kehl, Strasbourg, Ludwigshafen, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Cologne, and finally Amsterdam, where we’ll overnight aboard our beautiful Sun. Christmas in Amsterdam is THE MOST wonderful time of the year!

 

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Your Holiday Home Away From Home

Emerald Waterways revolutionary “Star-Ships” aren’t like any other riverships. They’re designed to impress and inspire with every little detail, exceeding any expectation you have of what a rivership should be like.

At VACAYA, we don’t want to just meet your expectations; we aim to create spectacular surprises that exceed what you’d expect from a rivership. That’s why we’ve chosen to partner with Emerald Waterways, whose deluxe ships boast a heated swimming pool complete with retractable roof – creating a brilliant onboard oasis for you to relax, whatever the weather. And on selected evenings, the pool area inventively transforms into a cinema showing a collection of films.

 

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With its striking minimalistic design, sleek composition, and stylish features, Emerald Sun is comparable to a contemporary designed hotel. Only it’s better, because your hotel travels with you to a multitude of fantastic destinations, and offers incredible panoramic views of the stunning scenery you pass along the way.

The spacious, airy and contemporary reception area hosts a spectacular 3-tiered atrium which opens up the center of the ship, allowing natural light to pour through and illuminate the interior.

 

Emerald Sun dining

 

Throughout the public areas, elegant furnishings, modern art, and mirrored walls create a refreshing and luxurious environment for you to enjoy, while floor-to-ceiling windows allow you to fully appreciate your time on the river.

Raise a toast with a cocktail and some new-found friends, and watch the endless vistas roll by.

 

Emerald Sun pool

 

At 135 Meters long and with 182 guests, 92 staterooms, and a crew of 47, Emerald’s Star-Ships are redefining river cruising on the Danube, Rhine, and Main Rivers. The Star-Ship sisters include Destiny, Star, Sky, Dawn, and our Sun. Elegantly designed and effortlessly welcoming, they provide a sophisticated and comfortable passage along these timeless waterways.

 

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The Value of Luxury

When cruising EMERALD with VACAYA, you're choosing casual elegance, fun, & discovery...

A river cruise is one of the most elegant and worry-free ways to travel. And with only 182 guests on the ship, not only is your VACAYA Luxe river cruise a great value, but it offers a truly intimate cruising experience, as well. Onboard, you’ll enjoy a continuous view of the incredible landscapes along the famous waterways, and you’ll also see a different side of Europe – one that can only be experienced on the rivers that have helped shape the history and cultures of the places they weave through.

This cruise offers luxury at a great price. We’ve layered in quite a few inclusions that will hopefully make it irresistible to global adventurers.

 

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It’s amazing all that’s included:

• Boutique contemporary hotel feel

• Spectacular onboard heated pool, cinema, spa, and lounge

• Spacious, comfortable accommodations with an innovative open-air system for staterooms on the Vista and Horizon decks

• Gourmet onboard meals and highlight dinner events, al-fresco on The Terrace or in the well-appointed Reflections Restaurant

• Enjoy in-depth cultural experiences with EmeraldPLUS excursions, cheese and olive tastings, or Provencal dinners hosted by a local chef

• For Owner’s and Grand Balcony Suite (Category S & SA) guests, enjoy Emerald’s Concierge Service, which includes continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés, and after-dinner treats served right to your suite

 

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• A selection of complimentary house spirits, wine, beer, coffee, tea, and soft drinks throughout your voyage

• Bottled water restocked daily in your stateroom

• Built-in adventure, with an included onshore excursion in every port

• Visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites

• Emerald Active guided biking and hiking tours

• English-speaking crew

• Knowledgeable, personable local destination guides

• Complimentary bicycles onboard

• Complimentary onboard WiFi

• Transfers to the ship from Zurich on Dec 2 and from the ship to AMS Airport on Dec 9

 

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Europe Christmas All-Gay River Cruise 2023 Itinerary

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While we work tirelessly to craft the perfect itinerary for each trip, it’s always subject to change based on weather, river, and myriad other conditions.

 

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Basel, Switzerland gay cruise

Day 1 - Saturday, December 02, 2023
Basel, Switzerland

A delightful blend of old and new, Basel is Switzerland’s best-kept secret. During the holiday season, the medieval Old Town is transformed into a magical yuletide affair. Cobblestone streets are lined with wooden chalet-style huts selling all manner of festive treats and gifts. Visitors to the Christmas market can enjoy a warming cup of aromatic glühwein in a decorated boot-shaped mug. Hand-carved tree decorations, cheerfully painted ceramics, and delicious food are sold from stalls throughout the city.
Many will choose to spend their pre-cruise time in nearby Zürich, which truly is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
No matter where you choose to kick off your European holiday adventure, we’ll all come together today on our beautiful Emerald Sun!

 

Breisach, Germany gay cruise

Day 2 - Sunday, December 03, 2023
Breisach, Germany

Breisach is built on a basalt rock outcropping in the Rhine plain, opposite its French sister city, Neuf-Brisach. It’s located in one of the warmest parts of Germany, across the river from French Alsace, famous for its wine growing. But Breisach, too, can boast about its wine: it’s home to Europe’s largest cellars, with a storage capacity of more than 160 million liters. The most prominent landmark of Breisach is the Romanesque-Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, built between the 12th and 13th centuries. Its two towers are visible throughout the city and from the Rhine.

Included Tour: Guided visit to the Christmas Market at Ravenna Viaduct

DiscoverMORE Option (extra expense): Excursion to Riquwihr

 

Strasbourg, France Christmas gay cruise

Day 3 - Monday, December 04, 2023
Kehl, Germany / Strasbourg, France

Although we’ll dock in Kehl, we’ll head across the river to stunningly beautiful Strasbourg, France to spend our day. Strasbourg is said to be “The Capital of Christmas” in France, with the city’s cathedral square taking center stage as it’s transformed into a winter wonderland. The city’s Christkindelsmärik is the oldest in France, dating back to 1570. Hundreds of stalls are brimming with colorful wares, fine food, and mulled wine, bringing festive cheer in abundance. Alsatian specialties feature an array of hearty classics, from bretzels (soft, bread-like pretzels) to bredele (star-shaped spiced cookies), and knacks (sausages) to pain d’epices (gingerbread).

Included Tour: Guided tour of Strasbourg

DiscoverMORE Option: Evening concert at Bruchsal Palace

 

Heidelberg Christmas gay cruise

Day 4 - Tuesday, December 05, 2023
Ludwigshafen / Heidelberg, Germany

Today is all about exploring Heidelberg, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful towns in all of Germany – a picture-perfect Christmas postcard!
One of Germany’s most perfect architectural treasures, Heidelberg is all the more remarkable because it escaped bombing during World War II. Set in an almost idealized German landscape, this jewel sits on the banks of the River Neckar, surrounded by forests and with an imposing castle dominating the church spires and terracotta gabled roofs of the compact Aldstadt – the romantic Old Town. During the 19th century, Heidelberg was the center of Germany’s Romantic Movement, on the route of the “Grand Tour” and visited by many artists including JMW Turner, who captured its splendors for eternity. Heidelberg will be dressed to the nines in Christmas finery and this jewel will be a highlight of our adventure together.

Included Tour: Guided walk of Heidelberg

 

Koblenz Christmas gay cruise

Day 5 - Wednesday, December 06, 2023
Koblenz, Germany

Koblenz is a traditional German country town with a wine heritage that spans centuries; a key ingredient for the warming glühwein that is served from taverns and market stalls during the holiday season. The scent of cinnamon, cloves, and spices waft from steaming mugs as the sounds of festivities fill the air from one of the many musical performances around town. Centered around the Schängel fountain, the Koblenz Christmas Market offers all the flavors of the yuletide season from its famous Christmas bakery.

Included Tour: Walking tour of Koblenz and a visit to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

DiscoverMORE Option (extra expense): Visit Moselle Valley and Cochem Castle

 

Cologne Germany Christmas gay cruise

Day 6 - Thursday, December 07, 2023
Cologne, Germany

Endless winter markets are featured all around Cologne during the holiday season, inviting visitors to browse colorful market stalls for handmade gifts, beautiful artwork, and colorful crafts. The towering Gothic Cologne Cathedral provides a stunning backdrop to the city’s festivities and the main market is located nearby. Beneath the pointed roofs of Cologne harbor’s tented market, unique crafted goods are displayed amid the twinkling lights of boats docked in the marina. Be sure to check out the kitschy all-gay Heavenue Market on the grounds of KölnBonn near Rudolfplatz.

Included Tour: Guided tour of Cologne’s Old Town

DiscoverMORE Option (extra expense): Visit the Eau de Cologne Museum

 

Amsterdam Christmas gay cruise

Day 7 - Friday, December 08, 2023
Amsterdam, Netherlands

A city of charming canals, elegant gabled houses, splendid museums, and more bicycles than you’ve ever seen, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam is a delight to explore. Its patchwork of waterways forms about 90 islands connected by 1,500 bridges. The legacy of the Dutch Golden Age lives on in gilded mansions and in the lush paintings of Rembrandt and other Dutch masters that adorn the Rijksmuseum, The Netherlands’ grand repository of art and cultural history. Discovering Amsterdam is a pleasure best pursued on foot and the Christmas Markets here feature our favorite holiday treat: fresh stroopwafel to go!
We’ll overnight here in Amsterdam on this exciting Friday night!

Included Tour: Amsterdam Canal Cruise

 

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Day 8 - Saturday, December 09, 2023
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Although our time together ends today, we encourage you to stay here in Amsterdam a few extra days to explore all this magical city has to offer. We hope to see you around town!

Merry Christmas!

 

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Emerald Sun Deck Plan

 

Guests: 180 • Crew: 51 • Length: 135 m • Cabins: 91 • Decks: 4

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Europe Christmas All-Gay River Cruise 2023 Rates

Category Description
Price, per pers USD
Availability
SUITES
Emerald Sun Owner's Suite The Owner’s One-bedroom Suite boasts a luxurious bedroom which closes off from the rest of the suite, a separate lounge area, and a fantastic outdoor balcony complete with open-air system, allowing you to enjoy the views of your surroundings whatever the weather. These suites also include a selection of special features, a spacious bathroom, a luxurious walk-in closet, a complimentary Nespresso machine, and a complimentary mini-bar. Queen Bed / 315 sq ft / Horizon Deck
$ 5,297

Emerald Sun Grand Suite Grand Balcony Suites has a number of complimentary amenities, such as an in-suite Nespresso machine – an added home comfort that means you can relax with a hot beverage at any time, day or night. You’ll also have the option to order a delicious continental breakfast to enjoy on your balcony. And for the perfect start and finish to your evening meal, you can enjoy pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweets courtesy of your exclusive room service. Queen Bed / 210 sq ft
$ 4,597

BALCONY STATEROOMS
Emerald Sun Panorama Balcony Stateroom These spectacular suites boast Emerald’s revolutionary indoor balcony design, complete with decking area, table and chairs – generating an entirely new space for you to enjoy the landscapes you pass. With the touch of a button, the upper part of the cabin’s floor-to-ceiling window drops down to unveil uninterrupted views of the stunning scenery, opening up the cabin and bringing the outdoors in. Mini-fridge, Queen Bed / 180 sq ft / Horizon Deck
$ 3,997

Emerald Sun Panorama Balcony Stateroom These spectacular suites boast Emerald’s revolutionary indoor balcony design, complete with decking area, table and chairs – generating an entirely new space for you to enjoy the landscapes you pass. With the touch of a button, the upper part of the cabin’s floor-to-ceiling window drops down to unveil uninterrupted views of the stunning scenery, opening up the cabin and bringing the outdoors in. Mini-fridge, Queen Bed / 180 sq ft / Vista Deck
$ 3,897

Emerald Sun Panorama Balcony Stateroom These spectacular suites boast Emerald’s revolutionary indoor balcony design, complete with decking area, table and chairs – generating an entirely new space for you to enjoy the landscapes you pass. With the touch of a button, the upper part of the cabin’s floor-to-ceiling window drops down to unveil uninterrupted views of the stunning scenery, opening up the cabin and bringing the outdoors in. Mini-fridge, Queen Bed / 180 sq ft / Vista Deck
$ 3,797

WINDOW STATEROOMS
Emerald Sun Window Stateroom 162 square feet, Emerald Staterooms are located on the Riviera Deck. The interior fixtures and amenities are identical to Emerald Balcony. Due to their lower deck position, Emerald Staterooms have a small, fixed picture window instead of a balcony. All Staterooms are equipped with a flat screen TV with infotainment system, individual air con system, a personal safe, fridge, hairdryer, hotel-style beds, an ensuite bathroom, complimentary WiFi, and bottled water restocked daily.
$ 2,997

Emerald Sun Window Stateroom 162 square feet, Emerald Staterooms are located on the Riviera Deck. The interior fixtures and amenities are identical to Emerald Balcony. Due to their lower deck position, Emerald Staterooms have a small, fixed picture window instead of a balcony. All Staterooms are equipped with a flat screen TV with infotainment system, individual air con system, a personal safe, fridge, hairdryer, hotel-style beds, an ensuite bathroom, complimentary WiFi, and bottled water restocked daily.
$ 2,497

Emerald Sun Single Stateroom Home to a deluxe single bed, a bathroom with shower, indulgent toiletries, and hairdryer, you’ll have all the comforts you need at your fingertips. Your picture window welcomes in a lovely amount of light and individual climate control ensures you can keep at a comfortable temperature regardless of which season you’re traveling in. A flat screen TV and infotainment system shows films and television programs, so you can spend mornings and evenings relaxing in comfort before an exciting day ahead. Deluxe Single Bed / 117 sq ft / Vista Deck
$ 3,597

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Price per person based on a double occupancy.

Prices are subject to change at any time – with or without notice.

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Port taxes and admin fees are additional 347 USD per person.

Pre-Paid Gratuities are additional 137 USD per person.

Solo guests in double stateroom pay double Gratuities and single Port & Admin Fees.

For guests staying in Zürich pre-cruise, a transfer to Sun in Basel on Dec 2 is included. Pick-up location TBD.

For guests leaving Amsterdam on Dec 9, transfers to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport (AMS) are included.

Minimum Payment Schedule
Upon booking outside of 300 Days – 10%
At 300 Days (February 5, 2023) – 25%
At 240 Days (April 6, 2023) – 50%
At 180 Days (June 5, 2023) – 75%
At 120 Days (August 4, 2023) – 100%.

Automatic Monthly Payments Option:
Your initial deposit is due at time of booking. Then, your remaining monthly payments will be calculated using the number of months between your booking and the final payment due date. Payments will be charged on the 15th or the last day of each month (determined automatically depending on the day of the month you book). Payments will be charged to your credit card on file.

BONUS OFFER:
Paid-in-Full Reservations made through February 5, 2023 will receive $100 off per stateroom.

Cancellation Penalties Schedule:
Upon booking through 300 Days (February 5, 2023) – 10% of total
From 299 (February 6, 2023) to 240 Days (April 6, 2023) – 20% of total
From 239 (April 7, 2023) to 180 Days (June 5, 2023) – 40% of total
From 179 (June 6, 2023) to 120 Days (August 4, 2023) – 60% of total
From 119 (August 5, 2023) to 90 Days (September 3, 2023) – 80% of total
From 89 (September 4, 2023) to 0 Days (December 2, 2023) – 100% of total.

All reservations are subject to VACAYA Cancellation/Refund Policy and Terms and Conditions.

 

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