Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) is offering the chance to cruise to the Christmas Markets with only three weeks to go until Christmas. Magellan cruises the River Seine to Rouen and the picturesque town of Honfleur and Marco Polo cruises to Dublin for some last minute Christmas shopping, a three-night French Christmas market cruise or Festive Dublin cruise is available from only £149pp.
Magellan sails from London Tilbury Sunday 15 December and will cruise the River Seine and call at the French ports of Rouen and Honfleur. Rouen, the capital of Normandy and the city associated with Joan of Arc who was burnt at the stake there in 1431 puts on a great show at Christmas. The magnificent Gothic cathedral provides the backdrop to a fairytale Christmas market to enjoy a Vin Chaud and soak up the festive atmosphere. Along the Seine, the pretty port of Honfleur has a harbour ringed with charming gabled houses and hosts its own Christmas market around the marina at Quai Sainte-Catherine. Magellan’s three-night French Christmas Market & River Seine cruise is available from £149pp.
Marco Polo sails from Bristol Avonmouth Sunday 15 December on a three-night Festive Dublin overnight cruise. Brand new for this December is a Christmas Market in Dublin Castle, described as a boutique open-air Christmas market based in the historic Dublin Castle at the heart of Dublin city centre, the market begins on Thursday December 12. The Irish know how to have a good ‘craic’ and this three-night party cruise to Dublin will certainly help find the festive spirit. Marco Polo stays overnight in Dublin, allowing passengers ample time to sample the delights of vibrant Dublin with the chance to visit the Guinness factory, the romantic half penny bridge or an optional excursion to view the coastline washed down with Irish coffee. Fares for Marco Polo’s three-night Festive Dublin cruise are available from £149pp including delicious full board cuisine and stylish evening entertainment.
The fares quoted are based on two people sharing a twin inner cabin and include delicious full board cuisine, afternoon teas and late-night snacks, Captain’s Cocktail Party, complimentary tea & coffee 6am to midnight, big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes, daytime activities and leisure facilities, guest speaker and arts & crafts, porterage of luggage, port to cabin and port taxes. For greater convenience CMV operate an automatic tipping system on board, so instead of worrying how much and when to tip, an amount of £7pp per night will be debited to the passenger’s on-board account.