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Rhine Castles Gay Cruise 2024


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Rhine Castles
All-Gay River Cruise

November 09 – 16, 2024


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Rhine Castles All-Gay River Cruise

8 days from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Frankfurt, Germany

November 09 – 16, 2024
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Amsterdam Netherlands gay cruiseExplore Enchanting Castles Along the Rhine River With Us This Fall, from incredible Amsterdam to Frankfurt! Uncover the hidden gems of the Rhine River valley during the best time of year to visit—no fighting crowds as done during the hectic summer months. You’ll often enjoy incredible sights and experiences along the river seamlessly – and often, exclusively! We have truly unbelievable moments in store for you around every corner, with special overnights in Cologne and Frankfurt. This 55-stateroom ship is, by far, the most beautiful river ship plying the Rhine River – and it’s all ours!

Book by Friday, July 3rd, and receive a complimentary pre-night in Amsterdam


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Rhine River Gay Cruise Highlights

• One-of-a-kind LGBTQ+ exclusive program operated by Transcend Cruises

• Never before seen aboard a river cruise, world-renowned LGBTQ+ favorite comedian Pam Ann

• Performances from Envy Peru, winner of Ru Paul's Drag Race Holland, Nikita Vegaz and Metamorkid, Ru Paul’s Drag Race Germany contestants.

• Our favorites Kelly Carey, Rick Santamaria, and renowned DJ James Munich.

• Chef Todd Erickson, renowned TV personality, winner of Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay, and LGBTQ+ advocate will curate theme dinners, lead hands-on culinary classes, and host guest culinary competitions.


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• A dedicated team of LGBTQ+ Cruise Managers and Expert Guides throughout your cruise.

• Personal onboard LGBTQ+ Concierge Service to arrange independent exploration on your schedule or participate in our complimentary small group excursions.

• More space to relax and enjoy the stunning holiday atmosphere onboard Advance by Transcend, with just 55 staterooms and suites. Our staterooms and suites are some of the largest on the rivers of Europe.

• Your shipboard family will deliver service from the heart in a comfortable, open, and accepting environment that will have you returning every year.


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Rhine River Gay Cruise Entertainment

Most importantly, ENTERTAINMENT! ENTERTAINMENT! ENTERTAINMENT! This sailing has our biggest and best line-up of incredible talent, ever!

• Never before seen aboard a river cruise, world-renowned LGBTQ+ favorite comedian Pam Ann

• Performances from Envy Peru, winner of Ru Paul’s Drag Race Holland, Nikita Vegaz and Metamorkid, Ru Paul’s Drag Race Germany contestants.

• Our favorites Kelly Carey, Rick Santamaria

• Renowned LGTBQ+ DJ James Munich

• Chef Todd Erickson, renowned TV personality, winner of Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay, and LGBTQ+ advocate will curate theme dinners, lead hands-on culinary classes, and host guest culinary competitions.

Honestly, there won’t be an opportunity quite like this again!


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Rhine River Gay Cruise Inclusions

• Accommodation in one of five luxurious categories of your choice aboard the five-star Advance by Transcend Cruises.

• Specially curated menus including (8) breakfasts, (8) lunches, and (8) dinners

• On board "Advance Experiences," including culinary and cocktail mixology classes

• Free-flow coffee, water, teas, juices, and soft drinks

• Free-flow premium beers, wines, and spirits

• Welcome & farewell cocktail receptions

• Unlimited Wi-Fi

• Shipboard staff, expert guide, and driver gratuities


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• LGBTQ+ Cruise Managers and local expert Tour Guides

• Team of Gay Cruise Hosts

• Shore excursions

• Entrance fees to all sites, museums, and attractions

• QuietVox listening devices on all excursions

• Roundtrip airport transfers

• Complimentary fitness and wellness spaces, including the spa, pool, and fitness center

• Complimentary use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks


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Welcome Aboard!

As the world grows smaller, finding genuinely authentic experiences to share with others becomes more and more difficult. Hans Rood founded Transcend Cruises based on uncovering these special moments from a local perspective for you, our very valued guests. Our shipboard crew serves you daily from the heart while onboard, providing quiet luxury that is always inclusive – but never intrusive. With just 55 incredibly spacious staterooms and suites, we offer a stunning floating boutique hotel experience that is unmatched.


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Every moment of this sailing will undoubtedly convince you to return again and again. The scenery will be unforgettable, and we hope to show you how amazingly warm-hearted and fun-filled our Rhine River cruise will be. We promise you will come home with experiences and everlasting memories of our journey like no other. So grab that lightweight jacket and enjoy what we consider the most enjoyable time of year to visit Europe!


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The Forum
A dramatic two-story presentation theater, the forum features tiered seating and unobstructed views for all guests. It has a full suite of AV support to enable live events, video content, hybrid meetings, or even a movie night.


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The Restaurant
The restaurant is the primary venue for dining. This space features river-facing windows, dual wine rooms and configurable elements to create the perfect setting for meals and events. With unimpeded visibility, a hosted event or demonstration can be enjoyed by all guests.


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The Lounge
The lounge is the space to “see and be seen.” Boasting flexible seating configurations, AV support, and a dance floor with a digital ceiling, the Lounge can host all guests for a large program or be divided to provide zones for smaller groups.


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Top Deck
The outdoor top deck includes fitness zones, an outdoor cinema, lounge area, and outdoor grill and bar. Ideal for a casual dinner, cocktail reception or lively dance party, a top deck event will be a highlight of the voyage. A 144-inch, self-raising super resolution AV system facilitates deck movies or a silent disco, even in bright sunlight.


Top deck lounge


The Studio
Offering a full suite of AV support and furnishings, the Studio is a perfect location for group activities. It can be a trade show floor, kid’s activity center or yoga studio – whatever suits the client’s needs. The Studio is located next to the dedicated charterer office, storage and the charterer staff cabins.


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Menus, seating, and service options are tailored specifically to the client’s event. Choice is built into Transcend’s entire culinary offering with galleys built to innovate, offering varied services like family-style or à la carte dining in multiple locations. Up to four curated beverage locations are available including the library café, main deck lounge, and aft lounge. Transcend works with exceptional suppliers to secure locally and responsibly sourced ingredients. Beverage options are vast, curated by in-house mixologists, and available across the dining areas at the guest’s desire. Transcend’s culinary experience is one that flexes with the client’s needs, working from an array of inclusions to customize as the journey’s planning unfolds.


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For Transcend Cruises, wellness is more than a space or a piece of equipment. Each vessel features an extensive array of well-being spaces:
• Well-being zone spanning over 2,600 square feet on three levels
• Outdoor-facing spa, sauna, relaxation lounge and two private treatment rooms
• Fitness center with Technogym equipment: cardio, strength and functional areas
• On-demand wellness studio; virtual yoga and fitness classes in staterooms
• Upper deck wellness area: yoga deck, rock garden and barefoot walking path
• Workshop-based yoga and fitness facility for live classes and programming
• Additional in-room stretching / toning equipment in suites


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All-Gay River Cruise





 08 Nov Amsterdam, Netherlands PM Overnight
 09 Nov Amsterdam, Netherlands    
 10 Nov Cologne, Germany   Overnight
 11 Nov Cologne, Germany    
 12 Nov Cochem, Germany    
 13 Nov Koblenz, Germany    
 14 Nov Speyer / Heidelberg, Germany    
 15 Nov Frankfurt, Germany   Overnight
 16 Nov Frankfurt, Germany   AM
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Gay Amsterdam cruise

Day 1 - Amsterdam, Netherlands (Bonus Pre-Night)
Welcome to the vibrant city of Amsterdam!
Those who book by Friday, July 19, will start their adventure with a bonus pre-night stay in this beautiful city aboard Advance by Transcend. Upon arrival, our team will meet and transfer you to your floating boutique hotel for the week. This afternoon relax, recharge, and explore the charming canals of this idyllic city at your own pace. This evening, join your fellow travelers for our Welcome Reception onboard, followed by the first of many incredible dinners curated by our LGTBQ+ resident Guest Chef, Todd Erickson. Following take on the lively LGBTQ+ scene in the Reguliersdwarsstraat district for a night of fun, setting the tone for a fantastic journey ahead.


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Day 2 - Amsterdam, Netherlands & Scenic Sailing
Begin your day with a leisurely breakfast on board before setting out to explore Amsterdam this morning. Discover the city’s rich history and culture with our expert LGTBQ+ guides, including a visit to the Rijksmuseum and a walking tour of the picturesque Jordaan neighborhood. Return to the ship for a late lunch this afternoon and welcome our remaining guests aboard before we set sail with fond memories of Amsterdam. This evening following an incredible culinary journey with Cheff Todd, we’ll join Kelly Carey and Rick Santamaria for an evening filled with incredible music.


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Day 3 - Scenic Sailing & Cologne, Germany
Spend your morning enjoying the scenic views along the Rhine River from a cozy corner in our sunlight-filled Skylight Lounge onboard. Arrive in Cologne after lunch, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore this historic city with us. Beyond its iconic Cathedral and rich history, Cologne’s strategic location along the Rhine River positions it as a central hub in Europe, and being close to Belgium and the Netherlands, Cologne serves as a gateway to the continent.
Cologne has played a pioneering role in LGBTQ+ rights in Germany, with some of the country’s earliest gay demonstrations in the 1970s. The city boasts one of Germany’s oldest gay communities, fostering an inclusivity and vibrancy that has drawn LGBTQ+ individuals for generations. This afternoon, during our tour, we visit the “Centrum Schwule Geschichte”, Cologne’s fascinating Gay History Center, where we more about the evolution of LGBTQ+ life in this region.
Return to the ship for our evening Cocktail Reception and epicurean dinner before enjoying an incredible private performance by Envy Peru, RuPaul’s Drag Race Holland’s winner and RuPaul’s Drag Race Germany contestants Nikita Vegaz and Metamorkide.


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Day 4 - Cologne, Germany & Scenic Sailing
This morning we enjoy a lively brunch onboard before we head to the city center to participate in one of the most important days of a Kölner’s year. Every year, the Cologne Carnival season officially kicks off on the 11th November at 11:11am, when around 70,000 carnival-goers pack into Heumarkt Square, Cologne to celebrate the opening of Cologne Carnival Season together.
Cologne Carnival is opened by the three main carnival figures who are collectively known as the Dreigestirn. They consist of a Prince, a Peasant, and a Virgin, and the characters embody the spirit of Cologne Carnival. They are joined by traditional Cologne Carnival bands and a celebration in the city square. Following our time at the celebration we return to the ship and set-sail for a relaxing and restorative sail to our next port.


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Day 5 - Cochem, Germany
Arrive in the charming town of Cochem this morning. Nestled in the heart of the Moselle River valley, it’s perhaps one of Germany’s most colorful cities, Cochem feels just like a storybook with its dramatic castle, impressive landscapes, and pastel-colored shops, restaurants, and buildings lining the banks of the Moselle. Perched high above on a cliff sits the brilliant Cochem Castle, or Reichsburg Cochem, which brings German history and culture to life and provides panoramic views of the Moselle and Cochem below, which you’ll have the chance to see today on a walking tour of the city and enjoy a wine-tasting tour to sample the region’s renowned Riesling wines. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon exploring or relaxing before returning to the ship for cocktails and to see what Chef Todd has in store for you! Afterwards, enjoy a performance by Kelly Carey and Rick Santamaria.


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Day 6 - Koblenz, Germany & Sailing the Rhine Gorge
Today, you’ll arrive in Koblenz, where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet. a historic town with a colorful past and eclectic architecture, and enjoy a visit to the stunningly medieval Marksburg Castle. As you come upon picture-perfect Koblenz, you’ll sail past Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its historic monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I.
This afternoon we set sail as we begin lunch, enjoying one of the most scenic parts of your journey. We’ll head to the top deck this afternoon with our hot chocolate as we sail through the Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its stunning landscapes and medieval castles. Capture the breathtaking views and learn about the legends of the Lorelei Rock. This afternoon’s scenery is a true highlight of this itinerary! This evening we reach the pinnacle of entertainment onboard Advance by Transcend with a private performance by world-renowned Comedian, Pam Ann.


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Day 7 - Speyer / Heidelberg, Germany
This morning, we embark on a brief drive to Heidelberg, sometimes called the most romantic city in Germany. It is home to the nation’s oldest university, a charming baroque Old Town lying along the banks of the Neckar River, and extraordinarily beautiful castle ruins overlooking the town. Your tour will take you to the castle, with its views of the red-tile roofs of the town below, the handsome Old Bridge and the wooded hillsides beyond, and then into Old Town, where you will see the late-Gothic Holy Spirit Church, the Student Prison and the longest pedestrian street in Germany. Following enjoy free time to enjoy the city before returning to the ship for an amazing dinner and our final performance with Kelly Carey and Rick Santamaria, followed by a night of dancing with DJ James Munich


Frankfurt Germany gay cruise

Day 8 - Scenic Sailing & Frankfurt, Germany
This morning, visit the Goethe House in the old town of Frankfurt am Main. It was the family residence of the Goethe family, most notably Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, until 1795. Johann Wolfgang was born here in 1749 to his parents, Johann Caspar Goethe, a lawyer, and Katherine Elisabeth Textor, daughter of Frankfurt’s mayor (Bürgermeister). Johann Wolfgang lived here along with his sister Cornelia until 1765, aged sixteen, when he moved to Leipzig to study law, returning sporadically after that. Following, we’ll enjoy an LGBTQ+- led tour of the Stadel Museum, viewing colorful works by Kandinsky, Chagall, and Matisse, among others. There are also plenty of LGBTQ+ themes on display, from Max Beckmann as an elegant dandy in a self-portrait with Champagne Glass to Karl Hofer’s Two Friends, highlighting gay life in 1920s Berlin. Following lunch in and around Schäfergasse and Alte Gasse, Frankfurt’s predominantly gay neighborhood, visit the small square at the intersection of the two streets bearing the name of the gay writer Klaus Mann since 1995. For those still on the hunt for adventure, you may enjoy an evening shoreside as the ship overnights in Frankfurt.


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Day 9 - Frankfurt, Germany / Disembarkation
After a delicious breakfast, it’s time to disembark in Frankfurt and say goodbye to your fellow travelers. If your schedule allows, explore more of Frankfurt or begin your journey home with memories of a truly remarkable cruise. Safe travels!


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Length: 135 m • Width: 11.4 m • Guests: 110 • Decks: 4 • Guest Cabins: 55

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Advance Suite Advance Suite 506 sq. ft. Deck 3. 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 $ 5,999
A - French Balcony Stateroom A 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 $ 4,599
B - French Balcony Stateroom B French Balcony 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 $ 4,399
C - French Balcony Stateroom C French Balcony 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 $ 3,599
D - French Balcony Stateroom C French Balcony 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 $ 3,299
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The fares above are per person in USD.

Port Charges & Fees of $249 per person are additional.

Gratuities of $250 per person are additional.

Single Travelers in double occupancy staterooms - 80% single supplement applies (excluding Advance Suite).

Deposit of €1,600 per person required at time of booking. Balance payment due by August 09, 2024

Please ask for further details.

Book by July 3rd, and receive a complimentary pre-night in Amsterdam


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