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Princeton, N.J. (April 23, 2013) – Celebrate the Christmas season with festive journeys aboard a Christmas Market river cruise and bask in the holiday atmosphere. Christmas Markets are generally open from the beginning of Advent until Dec. 23, but you have to plan ahead as these river cruises tend to sell out early, says Crown Cruise Vacations President Ross Spalding.
What and when are the Christmas markets?
The history of Christmas markets goes back to the late middle ages in the German-speaking parts of Europe. The Vienna “December Market” was a forerunner of the Christmas market and dates back to 1294. In many of the charming towns and villages in Germany and Austria, Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the Christmas markets. This is truly an old fashioned Christmas.
Medieval in appearance, they are held in the town square. You have never seen Christmas lights until you have been to one of the European Christmas markets. There are unusual handmade gifts such as nativity scenes, handmade children’s toys and unique art. You will experience master glassblowers selling baubles, and idiosyncratic decorations that surely will be treasured for years. You will pass Gothic Churches scented of frankincense and myrrh while all of your senses are awakened to the smells of gingerbread, cloves, sugar cakes and ale. A generous amount of festive singing and dancing will warm your soul.
The Christmas market sailings on river cruise lines generally begin in mid-November and continue through the end of the year. These sailings are typically held on the Main, Rhine, Danube and Seine rivers. They are perfect for those wanting to experience the quintessential magic of the holidays while shopping for one-of-a-kind treasures.
A Few Example Christmas Market River Cruises
AmaWaterways 7-Night The Enchanting Rhine on the AmaReina, sailing Dec. 14, 2014, from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland, with stops in Cologne, Rudesheim, and Speyer, Germany; Strasbourg, Alsace, France; and Breisach, Germany.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection 7-Night Classic Christmas Markets Cruise on the River Queen from Nuremberg to Frankfurt, sailing Dec. 7, 2014, with stops in Bamberg, Wurzburg, and Wertheim, cruising the Main River.
Viking River Cruises 6-Night Heart of Germany Cruise on the Viking Longship Kara, Nuremburg to Frankfurt, sailing Dec. 13, 2014, with stops in Bamberg, Wurzburg, Wertheim (Main River) and Heidelberg.
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