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New Year's Eve Cruise on the Rhine

Cologne →  Cologne

8 Days

Treat yourself to a memorable year-end celebration with a special highlight: an exciting welcome to the New Year will be heralded on board.

Ring in the New Year in style in the river city of Basel, which beckons a grandiose firework display above the Rhine. Be there and enjoy the atmosphere when all the church bells in the city ring in the New Year. View the spectacular fireworks illuminating the sky from the Sun Deck. Next day, relax or explore the old town complete with a bright red Rathaus (Town Hall) building.

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



Welcome to your New Year’s cruise, which starts in Cologne. After you have explored your floating premium hotel, the cruise director invites you to a Welcome Cocktail on board. In the evening, the chef will present you with a special and diverse Welcome Dinner, while your ship starts its journey towards Rüdesheim.

Stay Cologne
Departure at 5pm

You get to know two particularly attractive Rhine towns today, starting in Rüdesheim, which you can explore during the course of a morning sightseeing walk. At midday, your ship continues its journey. During this section of your cruise, you pass the myth-enshrouded Lorelei statue, and shortly thereafter you reach the cultural town of Mainz. You can end the day here with a leisurely stroll and a visit to the Gutenberg Museum. Later in the evening, your ship leaves Mainz.

Stay Rüdesheim
8am - 12.30pm
Stay Mainz
3pm - 6pm

At lunch time, you reach the next stop of your trip in the French Alsace region, where your ship docks in wintery Strasbourg. A visit to the picturesque old town is highly recommended, for example as part of an extended city sightseeing trip in a comfortable tour bus, which will take you to the most beautiful sights of Strasbourg. In the early evening, your ship weighs anchor and continues its journey upriver, towards Switzerland.

Stay Strasbourg
12:00 noon - 6pm

On the morning of Old Year’s Day you arrive in Basel. You can make use of the opportunity to join us for a morning city sightseeing tour, which will take you to the most beautiful sights in Basel, the third-largest city in Switzerland. In the evening, we will spoil you on board with an elegant New Year’s dinner, and at midnight we will pop champagne bottles, watch the spectacular fireworks illuminating the sky from the sun deck and ring in the New Year in style.

Stay Basel
Arrival at 8am

Spend New Year’s Day relaxing on board your 5-star luxury ship, which leaves Basel in the morning and travels downriver. Recover from last night’s New Year’s celebrations and allow us to spoil you with culinary delights, while you enjoy the restful atmosphere in the Panorama Bar or the AMADEUS Club, where you can sit back, relax and admire the passing wintery riverscapes.

Stay in Basel
Departure at 9am

During the night, your ship docks in the Rhineland-Palatinate city of Speyer which played an important role in the Holy Roman Empire during the Middle Ages. Your ship remains here until midday, allowing you to explore the city with a sightseeing walk in the morning, whereafter your ship travels to Mannheim. After lunch, you can make a detour to the nearby city of Heidelberg, which is famous for its castle and historic old town. At midnight your ship departs and heads towards Oberwesel.

Stay Speyer
2am - 12pm
Stay Mannheim
2pm - 11.45pm

Before breakfast, you arrive in Oberwesel, which is situated in the Middle Rhine Valley. The town is particularly well-known for its many towers, which you can view during the course of a morning sightseeing walk. Thereafter, your ship weighs anchor and passes the imposing Lorelei Rock again for the second time on this trip. After lunch, you reach Koblenz, where you can explore the beautiful old town during a guided walking tour in the course of the afternoon.  In the evening, the captain will invite you to an elegant Gala Dinner on board, while your ship continues its journey to Cologne. 

Stay Oberwesel
7am - 11:30am
Stay Koblenz
2pm - 10pm

The end of your journey has dawned. After a generous breakfast, you disembark and take leave of your floating hotel. We hope to welcome you again soon!

Arrive at 3am

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 $ 297.00 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 $ 207.00 per person

Enjoy a package of 5 pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance:

  • Rüdesheim walking tour with Music Cabinet Museum
  • Strasbourg with canal boat tour
  • City tour of Basel
  • Speyer walking tour with visit to the Imperial Dome
  • Koblenz walking tour

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

Cruise Cologne - Cologne Unit Price
Rüdesheim walking tour with Music Cabinet Museum $ 32.00
  OR Drosselgasse and tasting of Rüdesheimer coffee $ 32.00
Mainz walking tour with Gutenberg Museum $ 23.00
Strasbourg with canal boat tour $ 72.00
  OR Freiburg with visit to the Münster $ 44.00
City tour of Basel $ 88.00
Speyer walking tour with visit to the Imperial Dome $ 28.00
Heidelberg with visit to the castle $ 62.00
Oberwesel walking tour $ 23.00
Koblenz walking tour $ 23.00
  OR Visit to the fortress Ehrenbreitstein $ 50.00

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.

Port – Airport $44
Train Station – Port $35