Emerald Cruises Expands 2023 Europe River Cruise Lineup

Emerald Cruises has announced four additional 2023 sailing dates to three of its most popular river cruise itineraries in response to increased demand from travelers. Two new dates have been added to Emerald Cruises’ Christmas cruise season, which takes guests to the Christmas markets and sparkling streets of European cities such as Budapest, Vienna and Cologne. The Douro River cruise season has also been extended, with two new dates beckoning guests to explore Portugal into the autumn and the holiday seasons.

Two new departures have been added to the 2023 calendar to help guests explore Christmas markets during the festive season: the eight-day “Christmas Markets on the Danube” departing November 24, 2023; and the eight-day “Christmas Markets on the Rhine” departing December 16, 2023.

The eight-day “Christmas Markets on the Danube” is a festive twist on Emerald Cruises’ classic itinerary. Visits to the Christmas markets in Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Slovakia and Regensburg offer guests the chance to experience the holidays across four countries. The eight-day “Christmas Markets on the Rhine” cruise between Basel and Amsterdam calls on some of Germany’s favorite markets in Cologne, Koblenz and Strasbourg in addition to Amsterdam, where guests can sip glühwein, sample traditional holiday treats and shop to their heart’s content. 

Sailing roundtrip from Porto, the eight-day “Secrets of the Douro” itinerary is a must for river cruise lovers. The Douro valley, lined with vineyards makes for incredible scenery along with the included excursions such as a visit to an 18th-century vineyard estate in Quinta do Tedo, a canoeing excursion in Régua, a guided tour of Salamanca and dinner at Quinta da Pacheca wine estate. Two new sailings have been added for the “Secrets of the Douro,” extending the season further into autumn to show off the valley in all its golden glory. Departures aboard Emerald Radiance are November 18 and 25, 2023.

For more information, visit www.emeraldcruises.com.

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