Prepare for the festive season in style and visit some of Europe’s most enticing cities as they sparkle with holiday spirit at the ‘most wonderful time of the year’. You’re in for an enchanting experience at every destination on this magical cruise, with chances to delight in the twinkling decorations, traditional wooden huts and festive scents and flavours of fairytale-esque Christmas markets.[ReadMoreMob]
Spending three days of your festive escape in Germany – a country renowned for really bursting into life at Christmas – is sure to be memorable, with calls at Warnemünde and Hamburg offering you chances to immerse yourself in the famous yuletide charm of some of the world’s very best Christmas markets.[ReadMoreDesk]Warnemünde is your gateway to Rostock, which hosts the fun fair, ‘Gourmet Mile’ and artisan stalls of Northern Germany’s largest Weihnachtsmarkt; while in Hamburg, the dominating Rathaus is the place to be. Hamburg’s impressive City Hall is where you’ll find Roncalli Christmas Market, a festive dreamland of charming huts, nostalgic carousels, gingerbread bakers and much more. There are plenty of other German gems to discover too; you could opt to stay in Warnemünde to explore the seaside town’s idyllic Alter Strom district and visit the 19th century Lighthouse, and in Hamburg, take in attractions such as the gothic-style St Nikolai Church, the Chilehaus and the unique Miniatur Wunderland.
Packed with a diverse array of festive highlights, this incredible 9-night cruise also presents the Christmas-time charms of three dazzling cities in Belgium, Norway and Denmark. Balmoral will call at Zeebrugge for tours to the UNESCO-listed Bruges, where you can explore decorated streets and canals in search of architectural gems such as Church of our Lady and the 13th century Belfry and authentic Belgian chocolate shops, and soak-up the cosy atmosphere of the city’s Christmas market. In Norway, visiting Oslo affords you an opportunity to explore the capital when it’s transformed into a winter wonderland of Christmas markets, fairs and decorations. Be sure to stop-by the National Gallery to see Edvard Munch’s The Scream; visit Vigeland Sculpture Park; and marvel at the medieval Akershus Fortress too. Your visit to Copenhagen, Denmark’s delightful capital, will be one to remember; the legendary Tivoli Gardens is a ‘must-visit’ at this time the year, with its mesmerising displays of light and decoration and stalls offering everything from Nordic handicrafts to tempting local delicacies. The impressive Christiansborg and Amalienborg Palaces and picturesque Nyhavn district are also not-to-be-missed.