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Christmas markets are a cruise

By Kate Morfoot on 15th September 2016

With Christmas just round the corner, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is getting into the festive spirit among the busy Christmas markets of the Emerald Isles, Germany and Denmark.

Leaving from Liverpool on Sunday 11th December, the four-night ‘Irish Christmas Markets’ cruise will take you to Dublin and Cork and returning back to Liverpool feeling refreshed and much better for a fantastic break before all the celebrations begin.

On the cruise you can enjoy an off-shore excursion to Dublin, the Republic of Ireland’s charming capital and stay until the late evening when the city truly comes to life at this special time of the year. Try the local delights at the pretty festive market; enjoy a tour of the city and take in the beautiful sights; or head to the Temple Bar district and sample the famous Irish ‘craic’ over a glass of mulled wine – the perfect tonic when the December cold takes hold.

European Christmas Markets. Image credit: Kate Morfoot.
European Christmas Markets. Image credit: Kate Morfoot.

In Cork – the Republic’s second city – there are many more festive delights to discover and indulge in. Eat, drink, shop and be merry at the Grand Parade and sing alongside the traditional carol singers with a warm hot chocolate in hand.

Up to 880 guests can cruise in pure comfort on board Boudicca, enjoying ample space and fantastic restaurants, lounges, bars and facilities.

Indulge yourself with delicious dinners in the Four Seasons, Tintagel or the Heligan Room restaurants; take a dip in one of the three heated pools; watch a show in the Neptune Lounge.

Decorations at the Christmas Market. Image credit: Kate Morfoot.
Decorations at the Christmas Market. Image credit: Kate Morfoot.

Fred Olsen’s new Terrace Balcony Rooms, offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy unforgettable sights and experiences as you cruise Ireland’s spectacular waterways. Prices start from £489 per person.

The other Irish ‘Christmas Market Cruise’ includes five nights on Balmoral departing from Southampton to Dublin, Cork and Cobh. Prices start from £329 per person.

Further afield, there is a seven night ‘Christmas Markets of Germany and Denmark’ cruise on Black Watch departing from Tilbury on 15th December.

Enjoying the festive season with a hot beverage. Image credit: Kate Morfoot.
Enjoying the festive season with a hot beverage. Image credit: Kate Morfoot.

Get into the festive spirit amongst the charming Christmas markets, twinkling lights and traditional delights of beautiful and historic European cities. Spend a weekend in Denmark discovering the eclectic mix of fine restaurants, cafes, boutiques and Viking structures in the scenic city of Aalborg and wandering through the pretty market stalls of the Tivoli Gardens and the pedestrianised streets of the Strøget shopping district in Copenhagen.

Enjoy a day in the fascinating UNESCO-listed city of Wismar – a maiden call for Fred. – which is renowned for its huge historic market square and stunning examples of brick gothic architecture, then cruise along the impressive Kiel Canal and winding Elbe River en route to Hamburg. Pick up hand-crafted trinkets and gifts at the festive wooden huts located just outside the beautiful Town Hall and enjoy a mug or two of local glühwein on a relaxing sight-seeing boat tour of Lake Alster.

Prices from £999 per person.

Prices include all food and entertainment on board, and port taxes. For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at www.fredolsencruises.com or call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm; Saturday, 9am – 5pm; Sunday, 10am – 4pm).