Christmas Time Cruise - Cruise only« All MS Amabella cruise options
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Category E||Category D||Category C||Category BB||Category BA||Category AB||Category AA||Suite|
|Nov 30 '13
Dec 7 '13 *
Dec 14 '13
Dec 21 '13 *
Dec 28 '13
|Port Charges: $147 per person
* Itinerary operates in reverse
|Nov 22 '14 *
|Port Charges: $161 per person
* Itinerary operates in reverse
Nov 29 '14
Dec 6 '14
Dec 13 '14
|Port Charges: $161 per person|
Day 1 Arrive Nuremberg / Embark
Board your cruise in Nuremberg. Tonight, gather on board your ship for a Welcome Dinner. The ship will moor overnight in Nuremberg. (D)
Day 2 Nuremberg / Continental Divide
Enjoy a guided morning tour of this historic city with its fabulous Gothic churches. See the storybook 900-year-old ramparts that surround the city, the Imperial Castle and the Justice Palace where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. After your tour, you will have time to visit the Christmas Market. Enjoy a complimentary drink of hot mulled Glühwein in your own souvenir mug to ward off the chill. After lunch continue to the highest point of your cruise - 1,332 feet above sea level - before descending through stair-step locks. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Regensburg
Arrive in Regensburg after breakfast and enjoy a guided tour of one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Marvel at beautiful churches, the famous towers of the wealthy families, and one of the oldest bridges crossing the Danube. Your tour ends with a visit to the Old Kornmarkt Christmas market, where you can shop at festive stalls adorned with fir branches. In the alternative this afternoon, visit the “royal” Christmas markets at the Thurn and Taxis Palace, a very traditional handicraft Christmas market, where you can watch the craftsmen make their goods. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Passau / Linz, Austria
After breakfast, arrive in picturesque Passau, where the rivers Inn and Ilz join the Danube. Take a walking tour of this fairytale city that was founded more than 2,000 years ago. Walk the cobblestone streets of the Old Town where you will see the city fortifications and St. Stephan’s Cathedral, which is home to the largest cathedral organ in the world. Afterwards, take some time to experience the traditional Christmas Markets. Or take an optional full day tour to Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for “The Sound of Music.” Join in the merriment at the beautiful Christmas Markets, renowned for local handicrafts and unusual holiday presents. For those staying on board, enjoy a scenic cruise from Passau into Austria and on to Linz. After dinner, take a walk through this delightful town, Austria’s third largest city and a major river port. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Melk / Vienna
Cruise through the narrow Strudengau and reach the Wachau Valley early this morning. A tour takes you to Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey. At lunchtime, continue through the romantic Wachau Valley. Late this afternoon arrive in Vienna, the “City of Music.” Tonight, return to town on your own or come along for an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Exploring Vienna
This morning, start your excursion with a driving tour of Vienna including the impressive Vienna Opera House, the majestic Ringstrasse, and the awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral, followed by a walking tour of the city center. Afterwards, spend some time enjoying the festivities of the Christmas Markets at the Town Hall. This afternoon, you can join an optional tour to the Imperial Schönbrunn Palace, which features over 60 Christmas Market stalls and provides a spectacular festive atmosphere with the aroma of Glühwein and gingerbread. In the alternative, you can stroll along the Kärntnerstrasse and stop to sample Vienna’s famous pastries. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Budapest, Hungary
This morning, cruise the Danube Bend past beautiful towns nestled on the curve of the river bank to Budapest. Your Budapest sightseeing includes Buda and Pest. From historic Buda Castle, a splendid view of the twin cities of Buda and Pest is spread over both banks of the River. Your tour also features the distinctive Fisherman’s Bastion, the marvelous Royal Palace and St. Stephen’s Basilica. You have the balance of the day to explore the Christmas markets. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner. After dinner, your ship will sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” past the illuminated river front of Budapest. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Disembark / Return Home
Your cruise comes to an end as you transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. (B)
Itinerary NotesPlease note:
- Most Christmas markets begin opening as early s Nov. 25 and remain open until approximately Dec. 21. Check with each country's tourist office for more information.
- Cruise fares do not include port charges.
- 7 Nights Deluxe Cruise Accommodation in an Outside Stateroom - 82% of the Staterooms with large French Balconies (Twin Balconies on select vessels)
- Daily Sightseeing Program as outlined in the Itinerary
- Infotainment System in all Staterooms with Free Internet, Hit Movies, Music Library and English Language TV Stations
- Terry Bathrobes and White-on-white plush Bedding in all Staterooms
- Superb Dining with all Meals included during your Cruise
- Multiple Dining Venues on select vessels
- Free-flowing Red & White Wines from Europe's great Wine Regions, beer and soft drinks with every Dinner on board the Ship
- Bottled Water in every stateroom replenished daily
- Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner
- Special Highlights including Lectures, Theme Dinners, Cooking Demonstration, onboard Music Performances and afternoon & evening Piano Music
- Use of Bicycles to explore on your own
- Services of Professional Cruise Manager
- All English Language on board in a non-smoking Environment (smoking permitted only on the Sun Deck)
- All local Taxes
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is $600, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|121 days or more||$400 per person|
|120-90 days||$600 per person|
|89-60 days||40% trip cost|
|59-30 days||55% trip cost|
|29-0 days||100% trip cost|
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 162
- River Cruise Ship
Perhaps the most distinctive feature aboard the MS Amabella is the revolutionary “Twin Balcony” stateroom concept found on the majority of staterooms. The Twin Balconies consist of French Balconies, for unimpeded views and fresh air, plus a separate Outside Balcony, allowing for private, al fresco enjoyment of your river cruise experience.
Staterooms on board the Amabella include spacious French Balcony Suites at 170 square feet, Twin Balcony Suites at 210 or 235 square feet and Twin Balcony Owner’s Suites at 255 square feet. The most deluxe category, the 350-square foot Owner’s Suite “plus” category, features a sitting area and couch, large bathroom with separate bathtub, as well as both an Outside and a French balcony. All Twin Balcony stateroom categories feature a mini-bar. Every stateroom aboard Amabella feature an exclusive Infotainment system, which includes complimentary Internet access and first-run Hollywood movies, plus complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel.
Public areas aboard include a spacious Main Lounge, a relaxing fireside library and Observation Lounge at the forward section of the vessels. You’ll also find an elevator, 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station; Fitness Center and Sauna, plus a Massage, Hair and Beauty salon.
The ship also features multiple outdoor decks. Offering unimpeded panoramic views, the Sun Decks feature teak lounge chairs, a walking track, putting green and retractable roofing as well as a giant chess board. There is a heated pool for the ultimate in relaxation. The vessels also feature a Lower Sun Deck and a Teak Front Deck, offering unique vantage points for enjoying spectacular river side scenery.
Dining on board the MS Amabella presents an array of dining options unequaled in the industry. You’ll find no less than seven unique dining experiences on board. Choose Verde Fine Dining Restaurant, the ships’ main restaurant, offering gourmet cuisine. Bella Cucina Restaurant, the second stylish onboard restaurant, offers classic Italian fare at dinner. At Erlebnis Chef’s Table Restaurant, passengers can watch as a private chef prepares a special tasting menu in this unique and exclusive 24-seat venue. Additionally, passengers can enjoy casual light lunch menus in the Main Lounge, as well as private dining in the Wine Room, a dining area seating up to six guests that’s perfect for celebrating a special occasion. On select days, enjoy a lunch outdoors on the Sun Deck and room service dining for breakfast and dinner is also available in select suite categories.
Piano Deck, Fixed window, private facilities, 170 sq. ft.
Piano Deck, Fixed window, private facilities, 170 sq. ft.
Cello Deck, French Balcony, private facilities, 170 sq. ft.
Cello Deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony, private facilities, 210 sq. ft.
Violin Deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony, private facilities, 210 sq. ft.
Cello Deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony, private facilities, 235 sq. ft.
Violin Deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony, private facilities, 235 sq. ft.
Violin Deck, French Balcony & Outside Balcony, private facilities, 350 sq. ft.