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Rhine Holiday Markets

25th Nov 2024 | 7 nights | Uniworld | S.S. Antoinette

As seen on Channel 5
Ultra-luxury cruising
Excursions included
Tips included
Free wi-fi
As seen on Channel 5
Ultra-luxury cruising
Excursions included
Tips included
Free wi-fi
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Itinerary Overview

Discover the roots of our Christmas traditions as you explore some of Europe’s most charming towns. Browse for unique ornaments in Basel’s Christmas Market. Sip vin chaud as you stroll to Place Kléber to behold the enormous, brilliantly lighted tree of Strasbourg. See how the baroque town hall of Koblenz is transformed into an Advent calendar and find unexpected treasures in the stalls clustered around Cologne’s magnificent cathedral.

Savor tantalizing once-a-year treats with Uniworld’s “Taste of Christmas” program, including gingerbread and warm spiced wine. Revel in brightly painted carousels and handmade ornaments, medieval squares illuminated by twinkling lights, life-sized Nativity figures, and joyful brass choirs. Sail through castle-strewn hillsides and visit charming towns decked in festive finery for a holiday season you will never forget.

Please note that most Christmas Markets in Europe end their season on the 23rd of December and will not be available after that date.

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S.S. Antoinette, river cruise line Uniworld's first-ever new-build, launched in March 2011. The 164-passenger vessel, built at Holland's Shipyard De Hoop, is one of the most innovative ships sailing on Europe's rivers today.

Uniworld's penchant for whimsical and daring interior design (Antoinette, for instance, is based on an interpretation of Marie Antoinette's France), lush cabin appointments, and superb service and cuisine is apparent on all the company's vessels. But creating its first ship from scratch offered the line a chance to innovate, and did it ever.

The Rhine River-based S.S. Antoinette offers a serious wow factor with its new unique-to-river-cruising features, including suites with alcoves that can be converted from glassed-in conservatories to open-air balconies by pushing a switch.

There's also a beautiful 22-seat cinema with Dolby Surround Sound that's atmospherically housed in a room adorned with vintage movie posters. (The requisite popcorn cart is also included in the mix.)

In addition, the vessel's top deck showcases several novel twists. Traditionally, riverboats use their upper decks as observation areas in good weather only; height-wise, they contain no furnishings taller than a chaise lounge so that the vessels can fit under low-slung bridges. For Antoinette, Uniworld has constructed a pair of all-weather rooms: the South Beach-like Leopard Bar (which is a classic lounge tradition in many Red Carnation hotels, a sister company) and the elegant L'Orangerie, an indoor/outdoor dining venue. Both have air conditioning and heating. The reason that Uniworld can build such structures: Their ceilings and windows can collapse on demand if the ship needs to pass under a low bridge.

Another twist: Few riverboats have swimming pools; on Antoinette, there's a glassed-in facility with gorgeous mosaic tiling, a wall of windows and an adjacent spa. Interestingly, the pool serves in another capacity. The few riverboats that have one typically locate them in their midsections, said Patrick Janssens, owner of Shipyard De Hoop, which has been building vessels for more than a century. In Antoinette's case, placing the pool in the rear gives it an operational advantage. With its heavy weight, it creates mass where vibration tends to be a problem, helping to ensure an extra-quiet ride.

All cruise fares include unlimited fine wine, beer and spirits, as well as gratuities for onboard and onshore services, including pre- and post-cruise extensions.

La Princesse Deck
La Duchesse Deck
La Countesse Deck

Best for...

Affluent travellers who enjoy a touch of opulence with their luxury.

Not the best for...

Young families, passengers with mobility issues and anyone who prefers subtle elegance over opulence.

Who goes on Uniworld cruise ships?

Uniworld attracts affluent, sophisticated travellers. The bulk of passengers fall into the traditional 60-plus river cruise age group, but a good sprinkling of people aged 40 to 60 are also drawn to the stylish onboard ambience. In addition, Uniworld was one of the first lines to offer themed family cruising, and those sailings attract multigenerational groups.

Do I have to dress up on a Uniworld cruise?

Somewhat. Uniworld passengers run to smart-casual by day, but at night they almost always opt for dressier outfits, especially at the captain's welcome and farewell festivities. For those meals, as well as select dining ashore or concert options, the line suggests men bring a sports jacket and women, a cocktail dress or pantsuit. With that said, Uniworld only asks that cruisers not wear shorts to dinner.

Is everything free on Uniworld cruises?

No, but the experience is fairly inclusive with some differences depending on the itinerary. In general, unlimited drinks, most shore excursions, Wi-Fi and gratuities (onboard and on shore) are all included in the cruise fare. Access to onboard bikes and a self-service launderette are also complimentary. You will pay extra for some shore excursions, as well as spa and beauty treatments.

What are Uniworld's most popular activities?

The ports of call draw passengers off the ship for much of the day and when they return onboard, they tend to spend quite a lot of time in the public rooms socializing. The indoor and outdoor pools attract more passengers than usual on river cruises, and the gym and spa facilities get plenty of use. Whenever offered, passengers gather for onboard programs, such as wine tastings, culinary classes and local group performance of traditional regional arts. Speakers from the line's Signature Lecture Series also usually draw a crowd. Dancing in the evening can prove popular depending on the passenger mix.


  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water


  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Taste of Christmas” program
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of Nordic walking sticks


  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the exquisite S.S. Antoinette
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access


  • 3 countries: France, Germany, Switzerland
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Group Transfers are included on arrival and departure days (please see terms and conditions for transfer guidelines)
  • Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture

Uniworld Christmas River Cruises

Uniworld Christmas River Cruises

’Tis the season to celebrate in Europe.

At Uniworld, they know it takes time, planning and attention to detail to make a truly magical Christmas. Now is the best time to start crafting your perfect holiday season.

Picture yourself wandering through quaint villages, the air rich with the scent of warm mulled wine, as you peruse an incredible selection of handcrafted gifts and trinkets to bring back onboard your warm and cosy festive ship, conveniently docked in the heart of the city. A Christmas cruise offers a unique and unforgettable way to experience the festive season while enjoying the luxury and comfort of a floating boutique hotel, decked out in its holiday finest. With something for everyone, from traditional Christmas markets to exciting shore excursions, a Christmas markets sailing is an ideal holiday that will leave everyone with lasting memories.

River Cruising As Seen On TV

River Cruising As Seen On TV

Welcome to a world of enchantment, where serene waters flow through picturesque landscapes and history comes to life. Thanks to Jane McDonald and now Susan Calman, you've witnessed these extraordinary journeys on your screens, and now, it's your turn to experience the magic. Picture yourself sailing through Europe's timeless waterways, exploring the heart of Southeast Asia's hidden treasures, or gliding along The Ganges. These are not just dreamscapes on TV; they are real, and you can be part of your story.

Every journey ensures that you'll experience the same awe-inspiring moments and cultural wonders that you've admired from your living room. Whether it's the charming towns, the exquisite cuisine, or the immersive cultural encounters, river cruising delivers the authenticity and wonder that TV screens can only hint at.

Incredible Experiences Awaiting You

From the vineyard-draped hills of Bordeaux to the temples of the Mekong Delta, every river journey offers a unique adventure. On a river cruise you can visit historic landmarks, indulge in culinary delights, and engage with local communities – all the while, immersing yourself in the ambiance of these extraordinary destinations.

Reasons to book a river cruise...

Intimate Exploration: River cruises offer an intimate and immersive experience, allowing you to get up close to charming towns, historic sites, and local cultures. Unlike ocean cruises, river ships can access smaller ports and waterways, providing a unique perspective of destinations.

All-Inclusive Luxury: Many river cruises include all-inclusive amenities such as gourmet dining, drinks with meals, guided excursions, and comfortable accommodations. You can relax and enjoy the journey without constantly worrying about additional costs, making for a hassle-free holiday.

Immersive Adventures: River cruising offers opportunities for unique and immersive adventures, such as biking through picturesque villages, exploring ancient ruins, or enjoying local wine tastings. You can actively engage with the destinations, enjoying thrilling experiences and creating unforgettable memories.

Christmas River Cruises

Christmas River Cruises

Make it the most wonderful time of year...

Experience the enchantment of European Christmas markets, where twinkling fairy lights illuminate the festive scene. Wander through charming market stalls adorned with glistening decorations and indulge in glorious treats that tantalise the senses. Embrace the spirit of the season by immersing yourself in the magic of these bustling markets while on a delightful river cruise.

While snowfall might not be guaranteed, the warmth of the holiday season is assured. Savour the comforting aroma of hot mulled wine, delight in delectable treats, and immerse yourself in the contagious Christmas cheer that permeates every corner of Europe's markets. Join a festive journey and discover the joyous traditions and vibrant atmosphere that make these markets a winter wonderland worth experiencing.

Prices based on:

Deluxe Balcony
Deluxe Balcony

  • Luxurious riverview stateroom (196 sq ft - 18.2 sq m) with open-air balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, individual thermostat and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes and slippers

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