German Christmas Markets

30th Nov 2021 6 nights Sails from Portsmouth Balmoral L2137
Christmas markets in Hamburg Christmas markets in Hamburg

German cities really come to life at ‘the most wonderful time of year’, and in Bremen and Hamburg you’ll have opportunities to fully immerse yourself in the country’s famous yuletide spirit. These cities are dazzling at Christmas, and you can experience the magic of their dreamland-esque Christmas markets, alive with the twinkling of lights and decorations, the buzz of people searching traditional wooden huts for a variety of gifts and treats, and the tempting scents and sweet-spiced flavours of authentic glühwein and lebkuchen.[ReadMoreMob]

Aside from the festive treasures, there’s also time to pack in plenty of other highlights during your memorable German city discovery. With Balmoral docking close to Bremen’s historic, UNESCO-listed centre, it’s easy to embark on a walking tour to take in the city’s gothic architecture and attractions such as the Schnoor medieval district and the trendy dockland area. Meanwhile an overnight stay in Hamburg is your chance to savour Hanseatic architecture, impressive landmarks, visit the unique Miniatur Wunderland, and take a scenic boat tour of the beautiful Alster Lake too.

Your Itinerary

  • Immerse yourself in the famous yuletide spirit of Germany
  • Experience the magic of German Christmas markets
  • Seek out Hamburg’s impressive architectural landmarks
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Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

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Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

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Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you.

Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.