Themed rivers cruises are a great choice if you want to meet some like-minded people whilst also indulging one of your passions in life. Enjoy picturesque scenery and fantastic destinations whilst taking part in activities linked to a central theme. This could include onboard classes, shore excursions and even Q&A sessions with renowned experts or famous faces from the field.
Specific themes can range from the everyday to the unusual, and U by Uniworld is certainly offering the latter with its two latest additions. Sailing in the summer of 2019, guests will be able to enjoy a drag-themed river cruise and one centred on tattooing. ‘U in Drag’ and ‘Tattoo on U’ will both take you on the line’s ‘Germany’s Finest’ itinerary, which visits ports of call such as Würzburg, Nuremberg and Regensburg.
Famous faces from the TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race will be joining guests on 6th of July for a flamboyant cruise into the world of drag. Not only will there be appearances and performances by Jiggly Caliente, Phi Phi O'Hara and Darienne Lake, the trio will also lead a bar crawl through the streets of one of the towns and cities that you’ll visit. Plus, the seven-night Main and Danube River cruise will include karaoke nights, comedy shows, make-up tutorials and dinners – all hosted by these vibrant VIPs.
Alternatively, you can choose to join celebrity tattoo artists Bobby Moss, Reese Hilburn and Steve Tefft on 17th August for ink-inspired fun. The onboard activities will include a welcome party and brunch seminar with expert Paul Gambino and there will be chances to win a tattoo courtesy of one of the famous faces. Every guest will also take home a goodie bag filled with after-care products and have the chance to join a tattoo parlour ‘crawl’ in one of the destinations visited. Tattoo model Heather Moss will also be joining the cruise to show off her favourite designs and answer any questions.
If neither of the above takes your fancy, there are plenty more themed river cruises available throughout 2019. Here are just a few examples:
‘Burgundy, Beaujolais and More’ with Amadeus River Cruises. Sails 31st October 2019 on the Rhone and Saone rivers and visits world-class wineries in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Bouches-du-Rhône and Mâcon.
‘Blue Danube Revealed’ with Avalon Waterways. Sails the Danube and Main from Budapest to Nuremberg with a night’s extension in Prague. Departing 30th October 2019, it includes onboard wine lectures and delicious pairing dinners.
‘Enticing Douro’ with AmaWaterways. Leave Porto on 12th November 2019 for a port wine-fuelled trip along the Douro River. You’ll be joined on board by Vineyard Grant James owner Susanne Sapier tastings, tours and talks.
‘Paris and Normandy’ with Avalon Waterways. Departing 19th May 2019, you’ll visit a range of culinary hotspots for a flavour of the region.
‘Golf Cruise on the Rhine’ with Amadeus River Cruises. Between Basel and Amsterdam, you’ll get the chance to play a number of challenging and renowned golf courses. The cruise sets sail 13th August 2019.
AmaWaterways also has a range of golf itineraries on the Rhine, Danube and Seine Rivers. You simply add a package to their original departures and then head off to various courses whilst others enjoy city-based shore excursions.
‘Musical Magic Along The Blue Danube’ with Tauck. From 7th October 2019, you follow in the footsteps of genius composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Bartók, Schubert, Liszt, Strauss and Haydn. Enjoy opera performances, a look behind the scenes during an orchestral rehearsal, interactive onboard workshops and a spectacular private evening at a palace in Vienna.
‘Classical Music On The Rhine’ with Amadeus River Cruises. Climb aboard Amadeus Silver III on 24th October 2019 for a trip from Amsterdam to Basel. Exclusive activities include private performances in Strasbourg’s St. Thomas Church and Beethoven’s house in Bonn. There will also be concerts on board from two different quartets.
‘Jewels Of Central Europe & Jewish Heritage’ with Avalon Waterways. On 13th August 2019, you can enjoy a 16-night river cruise from Budapest to Remich. As well as an onboard lecture about Jewish culture and history, you can choose to take part in Jewish heritage tours around Budapest, Regensburg and Vienna.
‘The Delights of the Douro with Mary Berry’ with Emerald Waterways. Britain’s most-loved celebrity chef joins this cruise sailing on 22nd June 2019. Mary will accompany you for a special afternoon tea, a private talk with Q&A session, and you’ll be able to sample some of her recipes as part of a three-course gala dinner.
‘Dancing down the Danube with Anton & Erin’ with Emerald Waterways. Join Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag, of Strictly Come Dancing fame, for a dancing masterclass on board yourself. As well as the chance to learn a few steps, they will also demonstrate a private performance in the Vienna Arsenal.
‘Brilliant Bordeaux’ with Uniworld. The June 16th 2019 sailing of this itinerary is one of Uniworld’s floating art workshops. For this special cruise, artist Larry Aarons will accompany you along the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers. Along with a tutorial on how to create a charcoal portrait, Larry will give you a hand-drawn souvenir of your time on board.
‘Christmas Markets Along The Rhine’ with Tauck. Sailing on 15th December 2019, you’ll stop in charming cities like Strasbourg, Cologne and Heidelberg. There will also be the opportunity to climb Mount Pilatus near Lucerne to look down on the glowing lights.
‘The Danube’s Imperial Cities & Yuletide Markets’ with Riviera Travel. There are a variety of different departure dates for this Christmas cruise. It’s a round-trip from Budapest that also visits Vienna and Bratislava.
‘New Year's Eve Cruise on the Danube’ with Amadeus River Cruises. Sail away on the 29th December 2019 and celebrate New Year’s Eve in the beautiful city of Budapest. A special five-course gala dinner will be held on board, followed by a party night and a midnight firework display on the river.
If you would like to know more about any of our 2019 themed river cruises, call the team on 0800 028 4272 or contact us via the website.
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