Happy Gay Travel
Europe All-Gay River Cruise 2024
Link Menu


All Gay Cruises

Gay Group Cruises

Gay Sailing Cruises

Lesbian Cruises


Low-Cost Flights

Travel Insurance

Gay Destinations

All-Gay Resorts

All-Gay Tours

Vacaya Terms

Vacaya FAQ


Amsterdam Tours & Sightseeing



Shop gay designers underwear & swimwear at Inderwear



Tickets for Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam



Poppers Store



Get Your Guide



Gay Pride Shack



Discover Amsterdam with the best Hop-On Hop-Off Tour



Discover Tours and Activities in Amsterdam



Gay designers underwear at Vocla



Omio - Book your train, bus or flight ticket


Amsterdam Pride 2024 All-Gay River Cruise
& Belgium's Flower Carpet Festival

12 nights from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Antwerp, Belgium

August 03 – 15, 2024
Transcend Cruises Advance by Transcend

Holland & Belgium Gay River Cruise 2024A Truly Extraordinary All-Gay River Cruise Adventure! Get ready for the event of the summer in 2024, with new 12-night Grand Northern Europe River Gay Cruise on the stunning Advance by Transcend (formerly the Crystal Mahler) sailing August 3-15, 2024! It would almost be worth booking this trip for the ship alone, but this grand adventure will be anchored by not one, but TWO major European events: Amsterdam Gay Pride 2024 at the start and Belgium’s famed biennial Flower Carpet Festival at the end!

You read that correctly… this gorgeous 5-star luxury rivership used to be the crown jewel of Crystal Cruises’ river fleet. Crystal sold off all their ships and now, this stunning vessel belongs to Transcend Cruises. It still has all the amazing Crystal features and luxury, but with beautiful new modern touches from Transcend.


Quote or Reservation


Gay river cruise holidays


Anchored by Two Bucket List Events

Many consider Amsterdam Pride to be the very best Pride Fest in the world and we couldn’t agree more! The festival encompasses a wide range of activities, including parties, cultural events, film screenings, and thought-provoking discussions on LGBT+ rights and issues.

The highlight of the Pride festival, however, is the famous canal parade, which winds its way through the city’s picturesque waterways. Colorful and extravagant boats, adorned with rainbow flags and decorations, float by as participants proudly display their identities and messages of equality. The atmosphere is electric, filled with music, laughter, and a strong sense of solidarity.


Amsterdam Gay Pride Cruise 2024


Amsterdam’s commitment to LGBT+ rights is reflected in the city’s progressive policies and supportive environment. During Pride, the entire city becomes a safe space where people can be their authentic selves without fear of judgment or discrimination. It isn’t just a celebration, but a powerful reminder of the ongoing fight for equality and the importance of love and acceptance. It’s a joyous and empowering experience that leaves a lasting impression on all who participate.

Our ship will be docked in Amsterdam the nights of August 3 and 4, providing you with the perfect landing spot after a fun-filled day at the parade and festival.


Amsterdam Canal Gay Pride 2024


Once we set sail on August 5, we head to some of the most picturesque villages and towns you’ve ever seen as we sail through Holland and Belgium, before finally arriving in Antwerp, Belgium on August 14. We’ll overnight in exciting Antwerp and then our journey together ends August 15 just in time for you to head to nearby Brussels for the kick-off to their amazing Flower Carpet Festival! Not familiar with that one? Read on…


Brussels Flower Carpet Festival


The Brussels Flower Carpet Festival is a breathtaking display of floral artistry that takes place every two years in the heart of Belgium’s capital city. Covering La Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a stunning carpet of vibrant flowers, the festival is a feast for the eyes. Skilled gardeners meticulously arrange over 500,000 begonias, creating intricate patterns and designs that span nearly 20,000 square feet (1,800 square meters). This ephemeral masterpiece is a true celebration of nature’s beauty and a testament to the artistic prowess of its creators. NOT TO BE MISSED!


Transcend gay river cruise


Unparalleled Luxury on Advance by Transcend

A river cruise is one of the most elegant and worry-free ways to travel. And with only 110 guests on the ship, not only is your VACAYA Luxe river cruise a great value, but it offers a truly intimate cruising experience, as well. Onboard, you’ll enjoy a continuous view of the incredible landscapes along the famous waterways, and you’ll also see a different side of Europe – one that can only be experienced on the rivers that have helped shape the history and cultures of the places they weave through.


Advance by Transcend gay cruise


With Crystal Cruises, a 12-night adventure like this on Crystal Mahler would have started at a price point exceeding $12,000 USD per person. So, getting this level of luxury with all the VACAYA benefits at a starting price point that’s nearly 40% off that price makes this a value in the truest sense.


Advance by Transcend Palm Court


It’s amazing all that’s included

• 12 Nights of Luxury Accommodations

• Full-Width French Balcony

• All Meals, including Room Service

• Unlimited Beverages

• Welcome Bottle of Sparking Wine

• Premium Bath Amenities

• In-Room Espresso Coffee Machine

• In-Room Minibar Setup Upon Embarkation

• In-Room Portable Steamer

• 40-Inch Interactive HD Flat-Screen Television

• Walk-In Closet

• Complimentary Unlimited WiFi


Advance by Transcend Main Dining


The following services are available for an additional charge:

• Shore Excursions

• Spa Treatments

• Salon Services

• Laundry

• Satellite Telephone Services


Advance by Transcend Bistro


Your 5-Star Holiday Home-Away-From-Home

Advance by Transcend was once known as Crystal Mahler, one of the most innovative and luxurious riverships ever built. Now, she belongs to Transcend Cruises and they’ve made her even better!


Advance by Transcend pool


Advance by Transcend is a masterpiece of sophistication. From the moment you step onboard, you’re greeted by an atmosphere of elegance and refinement. Indulge in unrivaled opulence with spacious suites and staterooms adorned in exquisite décor and equipped with lavish amenities. Savor delectable culinary delights prepared by world-class chefs, accompanied by fine wines and impeccable service.


Advance by Transcend lounge


Not only will you discover the rich cultural heritage of all the cities we’ll visit, but you’ll also enjoy the ship’s state-of-the-art facilities, including a spa, fitness center, indoor pool, and panoramic sun deck while taking in breathtaking views of the river. Prepare for an unforgettable journey of luxury and discovery with Advance by Transcend.


Advance by Transcend Vintage room


At 135 meters long and with 55 staterooms welcoming 110 guests, Advance by Transcend will change the way you look at river cruising.

River cruising has exploded in popularity over the past decade, with more and more options for adventurous travelers. The cities of Europe were built along the continent’s rivers, so traveling by rivership allows you to explore these towns up close and personally – with the ship oftentimes docking mere feet from the city center.


Advance by Transcend deck lounge


Riverships are known for their intimate ambiance, personalized service, and luxurious amenities, ensuring a comfortable and indulgent experience. Riverships allow for access to less-frequented ports and scenic passages that larger vessels simply can’t navigate, offering a more authentic and intimate exploration of Europe’s waterways. With all these advantages combined, river cruising in Europe gives you a seamless blend of relaxation, discovery, and cultural immersion.


Gay Pride Amsterdam cruise

Amsterdam Pride 2024
Europe All-Gay River Cruise





 03 Aug Amsterdam, Netherlands    
 04 Aug Amsterdam, Netherlands    
 05 Aug Amsterdam, Netherlands   6 PM
 06 Aug Volendam & Edam, Netherlands    
 07 Aug Ultrecht, Netherlands    
 08 Aug Nijmegen, Netherlands    
 09 Aug Kinderdijk & Schoonhoven, Netherlands    
 10 Aug Heusden, Netherlands    
 11 Aug Rotterdam, Netherlands    
 12 Aug Dordrecht, Netherlands    
 13 Aug Ghent, Belgium    
 14 Aug Antwerp, Belgium    
 15 Aug Antwerp, Belgium 9 AM  

While we work tirelessly to craft the perfect itinerary for each trip, it’s always subject to change based on weather, river, and myriad other conditions.

Gay Amsterdam cruise


Amsterdam Canal Pride 2024

Day 1 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Today is the big Amsterdam Gay Pride Parade on Prinsengracht Canal! Start your day by dropping off your luggage at Advance and then hit the city for the celebrations. After the parade, head back to our ship to officially check in.


Amsterdam Gay Pride party

Day 2 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Pride celebrations continue today. Join an afternoon party or hit the streets to see why these festivities are considered among the very best in the world. Tonight, perhaps try your luck in the city’s famed Red Light District? The bars and clubs will be hopping! Our favorite for the adventurous is Church.


Amsterdam gay cruise

Day 3 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ok, now that the Pride Celebrations have concluded, it’s time to actually explore this “world’s best” city. Amsterdam is a city of charming canals, elegant gabled houses, splendid museums, and more bicycles than you’ve ever seen. Its patchwork of waterways forms about 90 islands connected by 1,500 bridges. The legacy of the Dutch Golden Age lives on in gilded mansions and in the lush paintings of Rembrandt and other Dutch masters that adorn the Rijksmuseum, The Netherlands’ grand repository of art and cultural history. We’ll set sail for Volendam early evening.


Volendam, Netherlands Gay cruise

Day 4 - Volendam & Edam, Netherlands
Volendam, a charming fishing village, entices visitors with its picturesque harbor, traditional wooden houses, and vibrant Dutch culture. Stroll along the waterfront, taste fresh herring, and admire the locals in traditional attire. Edam, renowned for its world-famous cheese, boasts delightful cobbled streets and historic buildings. Explore the iconic cheese market and witness the cheese-making process. Immerse yourself in the rich history and soak in the idyllic atmosphere. Both towns provide a glimpse into traditional Dutch life, leaving you enchanted by their beauty and cultural heritage.


Ultrecht, Netherlands gay cruise

Day 5 - Ultrecht, Netherlands
Begin your journey by visiting the iconic Dom Tower, the tallest church tower in the country, and enjoy breathtaking views from the top. Stroll along the charming canals and admire the picturesque waterfront cafes and historic houses. The Rietveld Schröder House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcases innovative architecture from the De Stijl movement. Immerse yourself in art at the Centraal Museum, housing an impressive collection of Dutch masterpieces. Lastly, wander through the vibrant Vredenburg and Lapjesmarkt street markets, where you can find local treasures and delicious treats.


Nijmegen, Netherlands gay cruise

Day 6 - Nijmegen, Netherlands
Start in Mijmegen’s historic city center, home to charming cobblestone streets and medieval architecture. Visit the Valkhof Museum, showcasing a fascinating collection of art and artifacts. Take a leisurely stroll along the Waal River promenade and enjoy stunning views of the surroundings. Nature enthusiasts can explore the beautiful Ooijpolder nature reserve nearby. If you’re a history buff, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945, which provides insights into the city’s role during World War II.


Kinderdijk, Netherlands gay cruise

Day 7 - Kinderdijk & Schoonhoven, Netherlands
Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is famous for its iconic windmills. Take a boat tour or cycle along the canals to witness the stunning 18th-century windmills, which have been meticulously preserved. Learn about the history of Dutch water management at the informative visitor center. Schoonhoven, known as the Silver City, is a haven for lovers of jewelry and craftsmanship. Explore the quaint streets lined with silver shops and visit the Silver Museum to delve into the city’s rich silversmithing tradition. Take a stroll along the Lek River and soak in the charming atmosphere of this picturesque town.


Heusden, Netherlands gay cruise

Day 8 - Heusden, Netherlands
Start your day here by exploring the well-preserved fortified walls and take a leisurely walk around the historic city center. Admire the beautiful architecture, including the picturesque town hall and St. Catherine’s Church. Delve into the town’s history at the Vestingmuseum, which provides insights into its fortification and defense systems. Maybe enjoy a relaxing boat trip along the Meuse River, taking in the scenic views of the surrounding countryside. Be sure to indulge in local culinary delights at Heusden’s many cozy cafes and restaurants.


Rotterdam, Netherlands gay cruise

Day 9 - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Rotterdam features modern architectural marvels, such as the iconic Erasmus Bridge and the stunning Markthal. Visit the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen to appreciate a diverse collection of art, spanning from the medieval period to contemporary works. Take a boat tour along the bustling Rotterdam Harbor, one of the largest ports in the world. Discover the innovative Witte de Withstraat, lined with art galleries, trendy shops, and lively bars. For nature lovers, the Rotterdam Zoo and the peaceful Kralingse Bos Park provide serene retreats.


Dordrecht, Netherlands gay cruise

Day 10 - Dordrecht, Netherlands
Dordrecht’s picturesque city center is lined with well-preserved medieval architecture and charming canals. Visit the stunning Grote Kerk, a majestic Gothic church, and climb its tower for panoramic views of the city. Immerse yourself in art at the Dordrechts Museum, housing an impressive collection of Dutch paintings. Discover the city’s maritime heritage at the Huis Van Gijn museum, a beautifully preserved 19th-century house. Take a boat tour along the river or rent a bike to explore the scenic surroundings. Don’t miss the vibrant outdoor market, where you can sample local treats and find unique souvenirs.


Ghent, Belgium gay cruise

Day 11 - Ghent, Belgium
Ghent is one of our favorite cities in the world and you’ll soon discover why for yourself. Start by exploring the stunning medieval architecture of the city center, including the iconic Saint Bavo’s Cathedral and the Gravensteen Castle. Take a leisurely boat tour along the canals to admire the picturesque views. Visit the famous Ghent Altarpiece at the Museum of Fine Arts, showcasing exceptional Flemish Renaissance art. Discover the vibrant street art scene in the Werregarenstraat, a colorful alley filled with graffiti. Indulge in the local cuisine by sampling traditional Belgian chocolates and enjoying a hearty plate of Flemish stew. Be sure to explore the lively Patershol neighborhood, known for its charming cobblestone streets and excellent dining options.


Antwerp, Belgium gay cruise

Day 12 - Antwerp, Belgium
Any visit to Antwerp should start in its historic city center, admiring the impressive Gothic architecture that surrounds you. Visit the magnificent Cathedral of Our Lady, home to notable artworks including paintings by Rubens. Discover the vibrant fashion scene by exploring the boutiques in the renowned Fashion District. Immerse yourself in art at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, showcasing a vast collection of Flemish and Dutch masterpieces. This evening, maybe visit the renowned Antwerp Zoo, allowing you to observe nocturnal animals in their natural habitats. Experience the vibrant nightlife by visiting trendy bars and clubs in the historic Zuid neighborhood or the lively Grote Markt area. For a cultural evening, catch a performance at the stunning Antwerp Opera House.


Belgium Flower Carpet Festival

Day 13 - Antwerp, Belgium
Today, we say a soft goodbye because nearly everyone will be heading to Brussels and we’re sure to run into each other. After disembarking Advance, catch the train to Brussels and prepare to experience the renowned Flower Carpet Festival. You can purchase your train ticket HERE in early-to-mid-May once tickets become available.

Upon arrival in Brussels, make your way to the iconic Grand Place, where the Flower Carpet Festival takes place. Marvel at the breathtaking display of colorful flowers meticulously arranged into stunning patterns and designs. The vibrant carpet, covering the entire square, is a true feast for the eyes.

While in Brussels, take the opportunity to explore other attractions such as the Atomium, Manneken Pis, and the Royal Palace. Indulge in delectable Belgian chocolates and sample mouthwatering waffles before heading onward or home.


Brussels Flower Carpet Festival gay cruise


Quote or Reservation


Brussels Airlines

Advance by Transcend

Advance by Transcend

Advance by Transcend deck plan

Guests: 110 • Decks: 5 • Guest Cabins: 55 • Length: 135 m • Width: 11.4 m

Quote or Reservation
Amsterdam Pride 2024 All-Gay River Cruise Rates
Category Description
Per Person
A - Advance Suite Advance Suite 506 sq. ft. Deck 3. Sleeps up to 3 guests. Full two-room suite with spacious living room and bedroom; Dual River-facing French Balcony Windows; King size Bed (3rd bed available on sofa bed in Lounge); Separate living/Dining area; Suite wide triple Panoramic balcony window; Marble fireplace with ambient fire; Writing desk; Flat screen HD TV; Complimentary Unlimited WiFi; In-Room Minibar Setup Upon Embarkation; Room Service $ 14,997
BA - Veranda Stateroom BA Veranda Stateroom 253 sq. ft. Deck 3. Sleeps 2 guests. French Balcony Window; King-sized Bed; Arm Chair; Height adjustable dining/coffee table; Espresso coffee maker; Safe, Hairdryer, Bathrobes; 40" HD flatscreen TV; Complimentary Unlimited WiFi; In-Room Minibar Setup Upon Embarkation; Room Service $ 7,797
BB - Veranda Stateroom BB Veranda Stateroom 253 sq. ft. Deck 2. Sleeps 2 guests. French Balcony Window; King-sized Bed facing panoramic window; Arm Chair; Height adjustable dining/coffee table; Espresso coffee maker; Safe, Hairdryer, Bathrobes; 40" HD flatscreen TV; Complimentary Unlimited WiFi; In-Room Minibar Setup Upon Embarkation; Room Service $ 7,597
CA - Veranda Stateroom CA Veranda Stateroom 188 sq. ft. Deck 3. Sleeps 2 guests. French Balcony; King-sized Bed; Arm Chair; Height adjustable dining/coffee table; Espresso coffee maker; Safe, Hairdryer, Bathrobes; 40" HD flatscreen TV; Complimentary Unlimited WiFi; In-Room Minibar Setup Upon Embarkation; Room Service $ 7,197
CB - Veranda Stateroom CB Veranda Stateroom 188 sq. ft. Deck 2. Sleeps 2 guests. French Balcony Window; King-Sized Bed (convertible to twins); Arm Chair; Height adjustable dining/coffee table; Espresso Coffee Machines; Safe, Hairdryer, Bathrobes; 40" HD flatscreen TV; Complimentary Unlimited WiFi; In-Room Minibar Setup Upon Embarkation; Room Service $ 6,997
Quote or Reservation



Price per person based on a double occupancy.

Prices are subject to change at any time – with or without notice.

View Advance by Transcend Deck Plan

Port taxes and admin fees are additional 427 USD per person.

Pre-Paid Gratuities are additional 267 USD per person.

Solo guests in double stateroom pay Double Rate, Double Gratuities and Single Port & Admin Fees.

Minimum Payment Schedule
Upon booking outside of 300 Days – 10%
At 300 Days (October 8, 2023) – 25%
At 240 Days (December 7, 2023) – 50%
At 180 Days (February 5, 2024) – 75%
At 120 Days (April 5, 2024) – 100%.

Monthly Payments Option:
Your initial deposit is due at time of booking. Then, your remaining monthly payments will be calculated using the number of months between your booking and the final payment due date. Payments will be charged on the 15th or the last day of each month (determined automatically depending on the day of the month you book). Payments will be charged to your credit card on file.

Cancellation Penalties Schedule:
Upon booking through 300 Days (October 08, 2023) – 10% of total
From 299 (October 09, 2023) to 240 Days (December 07, 2023) – 20% of total
From 239 (December 08, 2023) to 180 Days (February 05, 2024) – 40% of total
From 179 (February 06, 2024) to 120 Days (April 05, 2024) – 60% of total
From 119 (April 06, 2024) to 90 Days (May 05, 2024) – 80% of total
From 89 (May 06, 2024) to 0 Days (August 03, 2024) – 100% of total.

All reservations are subject to VACAYA Cancellation/Refund Policy and Terms and Conditions.


Special Airfares

Transavia Flights to Amsterdam


Pre-Cruise Hotels

Amsterdam hotel reservations at Hotels.com


NH Hotels Amsterdam


Post-Cruise Hotel

Accor Hotels


Brussels, Belgium hotels at Booking.com


Brussels Gay Hotels




I Amsterdam City Card Amsterdam Tours & Sightseeing

easyJet Flights Search & compare flights at Skyscanner Allianz Insurance Expedia Fetch Gay Shop esmale - Gay Sex Toys Superstore

[Top]   [Home]   [Gay Group Cruises]   [Cruises]   [Lesbian Cruises]   [About Cruising]   [Tours and Vacations]   [About Vacations]
[Resorts]   [Travel Destinations]   [Travel Tips/FAQ's]    [Insurance]   [Shopping]
happy@happygaytravel.com   [Request Info]    [Links]   [Site Map]   [Privacy]   [Contact Us] reservations@happygaytravel.com

Web Page © Happy Travel, Ltd. Logos and Images ©
Vacaya, Transcend Cruises, Adonis Holiday, etc.
Website Created by Happy Travel