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New Year's Eve Cruise on the Danube

Passau →  Passau

7 Days

Treat yourself to a memorable year-end celebration with a special highlight: our New Year’s party on board. Budapest is one of the world’s best cities for celebrating New Year’s Eve!

Party with spectacular fireworks over the Danube. Dance into the night and greet the New Year amidst the spectacular scenery of the Budapest Parliament!

(We reserve the right to make amendments to the timetable and program.)



Your New Year’s cruise begins in Passau, a city located at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers. After embarking, the cruise director invites you to a Welcome Cocktail, followed by a lovingly prepared Welcome Dinner in the Panorama Restaurant. In the meantime, your ship travels towards Vienna.

Stay Passau
Departure at 6pm

The first stop of your wintery cruise is in the Austrian capital city, Vienna. Explore the magnificent buildings of the Danube metropolis during the course of an afternoon sightseeing tour and view the impressive sights of this former residence of the imperial Habsburg family. Or, join us for a spectacular torchlight walk with tasting of mulled wine and chestnuts. After this culinary experience, return to your ship, which will depart during the night and pass through Slovakia, arriving in Hungary the following day.

Stay Vienna
1pm - 7pm

At lunch time you arrive in the Hungarian capital city of Budapest, also aptly known as the “Queen of the Danube”. During a city sightseeing tour you can admire the countless cultural treasures of this magical city, followed by an evening cruise through a festively illuminated Budapest, together with a Hungarian folklore show on board. Celebrate New Year on board in style while enjoying an excellent view of the spectacular fireworks from the sun deck!

Stay Budapest
Arrival at 12:00 noon

The morning of New Year’s Day is at your disposal, allowing you to enjoy it as you wish, for example by taking another stroll through the city and exploring it on your own. Alternatively, you may prefer to relax on board, enjoying the Panorama Bar and a relaxing walk around the sun deck. At lunch time, your ship leaves Budapest.

Stay Budapest
Departure 1pm

During the night, your AMADEUS ship arrived in the Slovakian capital city of Bratislava, where you will spend the remainder of the day. Get to know this impressive Danube city during the course of a sightseeing trip in a comfortable tour bus, which will take you to the famous castle hill and the picturesque old town. An elegant Captain’s Gala Dinner awaits you in the evening, and in the meantime, your floating premium hotel weighs anchor and returns to Austria.

Stay Bratislava
8am - 6pm

Spend the morning on board, enjoying the impressive views of the passing winter landscapes while your ship travels downriver into the UNESCO World Natural Heritage region of the Wachau. At midday you will reach Melk/Emmersdorf, where you have the opportunity of joining an excursion to Melk Abbey and Dürnstein. At the end of the excursion you will have the opportunity to sample some of the famous Wachau wines. Late afternoon return to your ship and begin the last stage of your cruise.

12:00 noon - 5.30pm

After a generous breakfast, you disembark and the entire AMADEUS crew wishes you a pleasant homeward journey and all the best for the coming year! We hope to welcome you again soon!

Stay Passau
Arrival 9.30am

Dates & Prices

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  • Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies
  • Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks
    with every lunch and dinner onboard
  • Gourmet dining onboard 
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking onboard Cruise Director
  • 24 hour coffee station​
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Bottled water in every stateroom 
  • In-stateroom infotainment center
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles
  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions
  • All local taxes & port charges included

Excursions and excursion packages

Cruise your way and choose from a carefully curated selection of immersive and inspiring excursions and adventures! Select one of our packages offered at a discounted rate when purchased in advance or book individual shore excursions at regular rates on board your cruise.

Unlimited Excursion Package | for only $ 217.00 per person

Enjoy the flexibility to choose any shore excursion of the ones listed below for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

When booking our new ALL-IN excursion package prior to departure we offer you maximum flexibility at a great value. Create your personalized shore excursion program by choosing your favorite tours from our list of exciting options in each port.

Introductory Excursion Package | for only $ 160.00 per person

Enjoy a package of 4 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • Vienna – Imperial discovery tour
  • Budapest - Capital of Hungary
  • Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube
  • Visit to Melk Abbey

Additional shore excursions can be purchased onboard at the below rate.

Cruise Passau - Passau Unit Price
Vienna – Imperial discovery tour $ 44.00
  OR Torch light stroll through the vineyards with Gluewein and roasted chestnuts $ 64.00
Budapest - Capital of Hungary $ 43.00
Bratislava - Beauty on the Danube $ 43.00
Visit to Schloss Hof Palace and Estate $ 64.00
  OR Visit to the Primatial Palace with beer tasting $ 46.00
Visit to Melk Abbey $ 59.00
  OR Visit to Göttweig Abbey $ 61.00

Prices per person if excursions are purchased on board.

Additional Services

Arrival & Transfer

You're in good hands with us from the start: Let us book you a transfer from the airport or train station to the ship port and back. The following prices apply per person per transfer.

Train station – Port $27
Airport Munich – Port $105