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Castles of the Rhine River
Gay Group Cruise 2019

August 13 – 20, 2019

 

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7-Nights Castles of the Rhine Hosted Group Gay Men & Women Cruise

7 nights from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands

August 13 – 20, 2019
Amadeus River Cruises MS Amadeus Silver III

Rhine River Gay Group cruise Join us on Aquafest 9th annual gay group river cruise in Europe during the PEAK River Cruise Season as we sightsee Europe’s finest towns, cities and the fabled Castles along the Rhine River. You will certainly enjoy the festivities that Central Europe - Switzerland, France, Germany, and Holland have to offer.

Discover the many beautiful facets of “Father Rhine” during this week long cruise along one of the most important and attractive rivers of Europe. Along the way you will pass the Dutch Ijsselmeer and take a detour along the winding Moselle river. Delight in the panorama of the myth enshrouded Middle Rhine Valley with its winelands, the prominent Lorelei rock, and the highest density of castles in the world. Further highlights of this trip include visits to the very historic river cities of Amsterdam, Cologne, Strasbourg and Basel.

 

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Castles of the Rhine River Cruise

Day 1 - Basel, Switzerland - Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Rhine River Gay Cruise from Basel, SwitzerlandYour journey begins in Basel, the third-largest city in Switzerland.

After embarking, you can explore your AMADEUS ship and meet the cruise director on board at a Welcome Cocktail.

Your floating hotel departs for Strasbourg shortly before the Welcome Dinner on board.

 

Day 2 - Strasbourg, France - Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Rhine River gay cruise - Strasbourg, FranceDuring the night, your ship left Switzerland and followed the Rhine into the Alsace region in the south of France.

During breakfast, arrive in Strasbourg – a city known not only for its romantic old town, but also for the numerous important European institutions housed there. In the morning, explore the city independently, or as part of an organised tour.

A detour to the countryside is highly recommended, particularly along the famous wine route, where the quaint wine-growing villages will delight wine-lovers and the general public alike.

Late tonight, your ship departs for Germany.

Excursions:
• City Tour of Strasbourg
• Alsace and wine excursion

 

Day 3 - Speyer / Mannheim, Germany - Thursday, August 15, 2019
Rhine gay cruise - Heidelberg, GermanyBefore breakfast, arrive in the Rhineland-Palatinate town of Speyer, which played an important role in the Holy Roman Empire during the Middle Ages.

Your ship remains here until lunchtime, offering time to explore this historic destination.

Your trip continues for roughly 25 kilometers towards Mannheim, our next stop along the picturesque Rhine for the remainder of the day. This young city is best explored with an extended walk, or alternatively you can take a trip to the nearby city of Heidelberg, which boasts a beautiful Baroque old town. Late at night, your ship continues in the direction of Rüdesheim.

Excursions:
• Speyer walking tour
• Excursion to Heidelberg

 

Day 4 - Rüdesheim / Koblenz, Germany - Friday, August 16, 2019
Rhine River gay cruise - Koblenz, GermanyTwo charming stops await you today. In the morning, arrive in Rüdesheim, a town well known for its winemakng, especially Reisling wines. Nearby, Siegried's Mechanical Music Cabinet with its historic automated musical instruments is a delight.

Your AMADEUS ship will depart punctually at lunchtime, to cruise the most beautiful section of the river – the legendary Upper Middle Rhine Valley. The view from the sun deck, of the myth-enshrouded Lorelei, is sure to be a highlight of your cruise.

Shortly thereafter, we arrive in Koblenz, one of Germany’s oldest and most beautiful towns, where you can end the day with a leisurely stroll through the city.

Excursions:
• Rüdesheim walking tour incl. Music Cabinet museum
• Koblenz walking tour

 

Day 5 - Cochem, Germany - Saturday, August 17, 2019
Rhine Gay Cruise - Cochem, GermanyThe vessel departs Koblenz in the early hours, and makes a detour along the Mosel River to the most romantic part of the valley and the little town of Cochem. The magnificent Reichsburg castle is situated high above the town, dominating the landscape. Down below, the village with its narrow streets, half timbered houses, and numerous restaurants are an ideal setting to taste the wines of the region.

Back on board dinner is served as the journey continues to Cologne.

Excursions:
• Cochem walking tour with wine tasting

 

Day 6 - Cologne, Germany - Sunday, August 18, 2019
Rhine Gay River Cruise - Cologne, GermanyThe morning is dedicated to the fascinating city of Cologne, which has over a million inhabitants. You can expect a young, vibrant metropolis with a rich cultural history and many world-famous sights, in particular the famous Cologne Cathedral. A city tour here is a must for everyone with a cultural bent.

After lunch, your floating hotel departs Cologne. The afternoon is spent on board and in the evening, the captain invites you to a festive Gala Dinner, full of wonderful regional dishes.

Excursions:
• Cologne walking tour

 

Day 7 - Hoorn / Amsterdam, Netherlands - Monday, August 19, 2019
Rhine Gay Cruise - Hoorn, HollandBy lunchtime you will have crossed yet another country border to arrive in the Dutch town of Hoorn. This picturesque village is a jumping off point for the optional overland trip to the north of Holland and Amsterdam.

For those remaining onboard, discover the beauty of the Dutch Watwerays as the ship glides toward the capital city of the Netherlands, where it will remain docked for the evening.

Excursions:
• Excursion North Holland and city tour of Amsterdam with canal trip

 

Day 8 - Amsterdam, Netherlands / Departure - Tuesday, August 20, 2019
After breakfast we bid you farewell. We hope to welcome you again soon!

 

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Optional Shore Excursions

Owing to the variety of available excursions it‘s often difficult to choose between them - so on this cruise we offer you tailor-made and carefully composed sets of excursions that you can book in advance with 15% discount. All excursions can of course also be booked individually at regular rates on board.

 

A

B

C

City Tour of Strasbourg

$ 64

$ 64

$ 64

Alsace and wine excursion

 

 

$ 64

Speyer walking tour

 

 

$ 18

Excursion to Heidelberg

$ 55

$ 55

$ 55

Rüdesheim walking tour

 

$ 27

$ 27

Koblenz walking tour

$ 18

 

$ 18

Cochem walking tour with wine tasting

 

$ 46

$ 46

Cologne walking tour

$ 20

$ 20

$ 20

North Holland Excursion and city tour of Amsterdam with canal trip

$ 65

$ 65

$ 65

Package rate per person (regular)

$ 222

$ 277

$ 377

Advance Package rate per person

$ 189

$ 235

$ 320

 

Rhine river gay group cruise

Castles of the Rhine River Cruise 2019
Itinerary

Date

Port

Arrive

Depart

 13 Aug Basel, Switzerland   5 PM
 14 Aug Strasbourg, France 9 AM 11 PM
 15 Aug Speyer, Germany 7 AM 12 PM
 15 Aug Mannheim, Germany 2 PM 1 AM
 16 Aug Rüdesheim, Germany 7 AM 12 PM
 16 Aug Koblenz, Germany 3:30 PM 6 AM
 17 Aug Cochem, Germany 1:30 PM 6 PM
 18 Aug Cologne, Germany 7 AM 2:30 PM
 19 Aug Hoorn, Netherlands 1 PM 1:30 PM
 19 Aug Amsterdam, Holland 5:30 PM  
 20 Aug Amsterdam, Holland    

Rhine River Gay Cruise map

 

Your Cruise Includes

• 7 nights on board in your choice of luxury cabin or suite, on the allotted group block.

• Large, outside river-view staterooms, most with French balconies or walk-out balconies

• Full board including: Early Riser (reduced breakfast buffet in the Panorama-Bar), Buffet Breakfast (includes omelet service), Lunch (Buffet or table service depending upon the itinerary), Light Lunch (served in the Panorama-Bar), Dinner (5 courses, 3 choices for main course), Coffee & tea, iced water with meals, midnight (late night) snack.

• All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music

• Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Farewell Dinner

• Experienced English speaking cruise director

• Free-flowing red & white wines from Europe’s famous wine regions, beer & soft drinks with every lunch and dinner onboard

• Complimentary WiFi

• 24-hour coffee station

• Bottled water in every stateroom

• Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for optional excursions

 

Rhine gay group cruise on Amadeus Silver III

 

AMADEUS Silver III

A trip on board the elegant AMADEUS Silver III combines the luxuries of a 5-star hotel with innovative design and the first-class service of our crew, who will attend to your every wish. This, the latest ship in the AMADEUS Silver line, includes all the amenities of its sister ships.

It has 12 luxurious suites with walk-out balconies, while the majority of the cabins have automatically lowerable panorama windows, offering a spectacular view of the passing river landscapes. In order to make your stay on board as comfortable as possible, all cabins have a modern bathroom and a walk-in closet.

 

Rhine gay group cruise on Amadeus Silver III Panorama Bar

 

The glass-shielded River Terrace invites you to relax outdoors, while offering a breathtaking view of your surroundings. Enjoy the highest standards of cuisine aboard the AMADEUS Silver III in the stylish Panorama Restaurant, which offers sufficient room for all passengers at one sitting, and where our kitchen crew will ensure that you are spoilt beyond your expectations. Coffee-lovers will enjoy the on-board Café Vienna, which offers a wide variety of authentic Viennese coffee-time specialties.

 

Aadeus Silver III restaurant

 

12 spacious Suites with comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom and walk-out exterior balcony-284 square feet

78 Staterooms with mainly drop-down panoramic windows, luxurious bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes-188 square feet

16 River View staterooms are spacious with luxurious bathrooms- 172 square feet

Spacious public areas such as the classical “Café Vienna” or the outdoor glass-shielded “River Terrace”.

Popular AMADEUS amenities such as Panorama-Bar with lounge, Amadeus Club, Sun Deck with Lido-Bar, Fitness Room, Hair Salon and Massage Room.

 

Amadeus Silver III Cafe Vienna

 

Café Vienna
The perfect place full of tradition: Indulge in the cozy flair of a Viennese coffee house, where passengers are treated to the typically Austrian specialities of coffee and Sachertorte with much more on its menu too.

 

Amadeus Silver III River Terrace

 

River Terrace
The ship’s exclusive “River Terrace” open-air lounge is in the bow and its specially designed glazing provides an incomparable view of the passing riverside scenery while simultaneously providing protection against wind and rain.

 

Amadeus Silver III Amadeus Club

 

AMADEUS Club
The AMADEUS Club is the perfect place in which to share the pleasures of the day with a glass of wine in the evening and relax to the gentle sounds of jazz or classics.

 

Amadeus Silver III fitness room

 

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Castles of the Rhine Gay Group River Cruise 2019 Rates
Category Description
Availability
Suite
Mozart Deck
Amadeus Silver III Suite Suite (26.4 m² / 284 sq.ft.) with walk-out exterior balcony. Comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom, walk-out exterior balcony, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

$ 4,147
A-1 Cabin
Mozart Deck
Amadeus Silver III Cabin (17.5 m² / 188 sq.ft.) with drop-down panoramic window. Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

$ 3,579
B-1 Cabin
Strauss Deck
Amadeus Silver III Cabin (17.5 m² / 188 sq.ft.) with drop-down panoramic window. Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

$ 3,254
B-4 Cabin
Strauss Deck
Amadeus Silver III Cabin (17.5 m² / 188 sq.ft.) with drop-down panoramic window. Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

$ 3,009
C-1 Cabin
Haydn Deck
Amadeus Silver III Haydn deck Cabin (16 m² / 172 sq.ft.) with panoramic window. Spacious bathroom, small panoramic window (cannot be opened), spacious wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

$ 2,607
C-4 Cabin
Haydn Deck
Amadeus Silver III Haydn deck Cabin (16 m² / 172 sq.ft.) with panoramic window Spacious bathroom, small panoramic window (cannot be opened), spacious wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

$ 2,283
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All rates are cruise only in $USD and per person, based on double occupancy subject to availability at time of booking. .

Port charges, taxes and fees: of $270.00 per person are additional.

Deposit: 25% of cabin price at the time of booking

Final Payment is due 140 days before sailing.

All advertised events are exclusive to guests who book through us only. Aquafest Cruises are group events and not chartered vessels.

A $30 processing fee is addition and subject to change without notice.

Events based on a minimum of 50 group passengers.

Pricing and other information may change without notice

All cancellations are subject to a $50 per booking cancellation fee from Aquafest in addition to any vendor cancellation penalties.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly recommended for all reservations.

More information will be provided to you at the time of booking confirmation. Please contact us for a more detailed description of restrictions, cancellations, and penalties.

This departure requires 40 participants to guarantee a hosted departure.

Cancellation Policies
121 days before departure - full deposit
120-90 days before departure - 50% of total fare
89-61 days before departure - 80% of total fare
60 days or less prior to departure - 100% of fare



 

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