Berlin Pride To Amsterdam Pride All-Gay River Cruise
12 days from Berlin, Germany to Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 25 August 05, 2022
CroisiEurope Cruises Victor Hugo
We are OUTbound for two of Europe’s biggest and most famous Gay Pride festivals in one amazing adventure, CSD Berlin to Pride Amsterdam! Experience the two biggest and best known parties of the year in a single trip as we sail along the Elbe from one of our favorite European cities to the other. We’ll start our celebration in Germany for Gay Pride Berlin, known by the locals as Christopher Street Day, or CSD Berlin. You’ll then have a chance to catch your breath and rest up as we set sail along the Elbe, visiting one charming German hamlet after the next until arriving in time for the main event of Pride Amsterdam, its one-of-a-kind Canal Parade. You’ll have a front row seat for two of the biggest and best celebrations of their kind anywhere in the world!
Bucket List Moments
• Celebrate your pride by dancing under the Brandenburg Gate
• Visit the grave of Frederick the great at Sanssouci Palace
• Take a selfie in front of Dankwarderode Castle
• Cheer during the medal ceremony at the Drag Queen Olympics
• Watch the canal parade float by in Amsterdam
All Included! All Inclusive!
• All Meals & Alcoholic Drinks Included
• All Shore Excursions Included
• All Tips & Gratuities Included
Your Ship - MS Victor Hugo
The Victor Hugo is a smaller ship specifically designed for more intimate ports of call. A limited number of lucky guests ensures you can spend time enjoying a drink from the extensive bar, reading in the lounge, or relaxing on a lounge chair up on the Sun Deck, with abundant room to roam.
All staterooms have twin beds that can be configured as a queen and full picture windows. Completely refurbished in 2019, the Victor Hugo is ready to offer our OUTbounders an unforgettable experience cruising Northern Europe. Mixed drinks, wine, beer, sodas, juices and coffee are all included anytime onboard.
The Panoramic Lounge is the social hub of our ship. Spacious and exceedingly modern, this contemporary and comfortable haven is one of the most popular areas of our vessel day or night. After ordering a drink from the fully stocked bar or trying a specialty tea, relax in the plush and spacious sofas and chairs to catch up with friends and unwind.
Each evening before dinner, we’ll gather for a look back on the day’s events and a fascinating talk about our upcoming ports of call. When the evening arrives, we have a medley of entertainment planned especially for you and your fellow OUTbounders.
Enjoy a cocktail at the main bar with us while spending time together. Located inside the Panoramic Lounge, the Main Bar is the place where, time and again, you’ll spend an enjoyable evening nursing a cocktail with great friends, old and new! Whether you’re a mixed drink or wine aficionado, we invite you to join us and enjoy one of the best bars on the river with your fellow OUTbounders. Of course, mixed drinks, wine, beer, sodas, fruit juices, bottled water and coffee are all included anytime onboard.
The restaurant provides a comfortable space to enjoy a daily breakfast and lunch buffet, as well as our evening dinners. You’ll be treated to excellent cuisine as the beauty of this magnificent landscape passes by your window. You’ll have plenty of local specialties to choose from. Expect hearty and delicious German recipes from schnitzel to sauerbrauten.
Of course, no cruise through Germany is complete without a taste of apfelkuchen (apple cake). As we sail closer to Amsterdam, sample traditional Dutch recipes like hachee stew, stamppot and everyone’s favorite, Dutch apple pie!
The Sun Deck is much more than a place to savor a cocktail or catch some rays. For the perfect start to your day, head up to the top deck and watch the sunrise with your morning tea or coffee. It’s also a fantastic way to spend your afternoon, enjoying a panoramic view of the magnificent landscapes. The Sun Deck is ringed by comfortable lounges for a breathtaking view of the passing countryside A gorgeous outdoor living area also has a huge canopy, perfect for OUTbounders who prefer a little shade mixed in with their fun in the sun. And you’re never far from a place to grab a drink up top.
Optional Pre-Cruise Berlin Pride Extension
July 22 - 25, 2022
CSD Berlin & Berlin Pride Festival
Berlin Pride Package
4 Days / 3 Nights - July 22 - 25, 2022 - $700 per person (double)
*Prices based on Axel City room, double occupancy. Upgrades to Axel Superior, Junior Suite or Axel Suite available for an additional cost.
Friday, July 22, 2022
CSD Berlin Pride Arrival Party
Die Begrüßung, Berlin! We’ll start our celebration in Germany for Berlin Pride, known by the locals as Christopher Street Day, or CSD Berlin. After settling into your hotel, come meet your hosts and fellow OUTbounders. Join us for a welcome cocktail party before heading out into the city to join roughly half a million people celebrating the start of CSD Berlin! After all, Berlin is Europe’s premier gay and party destination, so would you expect anything less? We’re staying in the heart of Berlin’s gay district of Schöneberg, so come and go as you please. Enjoy all that CSD Berlin has to offer however you want!
Saturday, July 23, 2022
Berlin Gay Pride Parade
Come OUTbound today for CSD Berlin’s main event, Gay Pride Berlin’s pride parade with colorful floats, live music and one of the biggest parties in Europe! The parade runs from Kurfürstendamm, just a few blocks from our host hotel, the Axel Hotel Berlin, all the way to the famed Brandenburg Gate, ending with a lively concert which always welcomes special guest stars and goes well into the night. Go bar hopping down the main ‘drag’ Fuggerstraße, hitting all the famous clubs like Prinzknecht, Woof Berlin, Heile Welt and Bull. Our host hotel is just a few minutes walk away, so you do you and OUTbound away!
Sunday, July 24, 2022
CSD Berlin Pride Festival
OUTbound today your way! Spend your last full day in Berlin immersed in all that the CSD Berlin Pride Festival has to offer, or venture out and experience the smaller event called Kreuzberg Pride, which is held each year alongside Dyke March at the same time as CSD Berlin. These prides have a more local vibe if you’re looking to keep things a little more chill. Either way, there’s literally something for everyone at one of the most inclusive and popular pride events of Europe, so let loose and experience your pride the Deutsch way! Tonight is the CSD Berlin closing party, so make every minute count!
Monday, July 25, 2022
Free Day in Berlin
Spend your final morning in Berlin enjoying one of the many LGBTQ+ cafés along the Motzstraße, do a little shopping at KaDeWe, the largest department store in continental Europe, or just sleep in and rest up after three full days of CSD Berlin festivities. The morning is yours. Explore the area around our hotel with your free time. Schöneberg is a neighborhood known since the 1920s for its vibrant LGBTQ+ community that loves to show off its beautiful colors, from bars and cafés to galleries and street celebrations. This afternoon, we’ll check out of the Axel Hotel Berlin and transfer to our ship.
Optional Post-Cruise Amsterdam Pride Extension
August 05 - 08, 2022
Pride Amsterdam & Canal Pride
Amsterdam Pride Package
4 Days / 3 Nights - August 05 - 08, 2022 - $700 per person (double)
*Prices based on RHO Hotel Amsterdam Standard Double room, double occupancy. Upgrades to RHO Triple, RHO Voor Suite or RHO Suite available for an additional cost.
Friday, August 05, 2022
Pride Street Fair & Opening Party
Pride Amsterdam is one of the best known and exciting pride celebrations in the world and is oh so much more than just its main event, the famous Canal Parade. The festival attracts over half a million visitors each year and is one of the largest events in Europe. Amsterdam Pride includes unique exhibitions, cultural and sporting events along with countless street parties throughout the city. Today is yours to let your pride flag fly and dive headfirst into one of the largest parties on the planet! We’ll disembark our ship this morning and transfer to our host hotel, the RHO Amsterdam in time for all the revelry!
Saturday, August 06, 2022
Amsterdam Gay Pride Canal Parade
Today experience the peak of the festival and Amsterdam Pride’s signature event, the Canal Parade. Known the world over, the Canal Parade is a procession of boats cruising the city’s canals celebrating the past, present and future of the LGBTQ+ community in lavishly decorated boats and barges. The Canal Parade is the festival’s centerpiece event where lavishly decorated barges give the term ‘float’ a literal meaning. Participants put on a show with their onboard DJs, show-stopping themes and plenty of smiles. Smaller boats line the canal walls, enjoying the party by shimmying up to each other, forming a huge flotilla of fun.
Sunday, August 07, 2022
Drag Olympics & Closing Party
Don’t miss the Drag Queen Olympics today, with events like the Stiletto Sprint, Handbag Discus and the “Tug of Love”. All kings and queens are welcome to cheer on the drag athletes as they battle for the gold at Homomonument. Afterward, catch your breath and head over to the official Closing Party of Pride Amsterdam where we’ll close the weekend out with a bang! Celebrate diversity and Pride in the most famous space in Amsterdam, Dam Square! The party starts at 2:00 pm and runs until the “official” end at 10:00 pm, although party goers have been known to party on through the night while closing out Pride Amsterdam.
Monday, August 08, 2022
Morning in Amsterdam
Enjoy some time on your own this morning or just sleep in and recover as we say “Vaarwel” (Dutch for goodbye) to the city of Amsterdam and our grand OUTbound Pride to Pride adventure. Spend your final hours in Amsterdam enjoying one of the many cafés along Reguliersdwarsstraat, one of the most important LGBTQ+ streets in Amsterdam for wining, dining and partying. At the core of the area is the espresso bar Lunchroom Downtown. Originally opened in 1970, it has remained active and is a pleasant hangout to this day, inviting patrons to relax in true Dutch style with coffee and pancakes.
Berlin Pride To Amsterdam Pride
All-Gay Cruise 2022 Itinerary
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Day 1 - Berlin, Germany
Die Begrüßung, Berlin! Welcome to Berlin, one of the most open and accepting cities in the world. After boarding our ship and settling into your staterooms, come meet your hosts and fellow OUTbounders. This afternoon, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail party before heading out into the city to explore Germany’s capital city. After all, Berlin is one of Europe’s premier gay and party destinations, so would you expect anything less? Catch your breath after a full weekend of Berlin Pride wraps up.
You’ll find gay bars, clubs and parties in Berlin, and even a gay museum celebrating all the rich history of our LGBTQ+ community. Our ship will remain docked overnight in the heart of the city, so come and go as you please. Enjoy all that Berlin has to offer however you want!
Day 2 - Potsdam, Germany
We’ll have one last morning to ourselves in Berlin before saying “auf wiedersehen” to Germany’s capital and setting sail at noon along the Havel River for Potsdam, a city full of history and culture dating back to the Prussian empire. Most of Potsdam’s many sights were built during the 18th and 19th centuries when the city was the residence of the Prussian kings. Frederick the Great chose Potsdam as the location of his summer residence, Sanssouci Palace, which ultimately became his favorite place and sanctuary in difficult times. Its breathtaking structures and wealth of greenery will transport you back to another era.
Frederick named his new palace “Sanssouci”, which translates from the French “without a care”, for this was to be the place he would relax and escape the neighboring city of Berlin. We will rejoin our ship in Brandenbrug after our tour of Potsdam.
Day 3 - Magdeburg, Germany
Magdeburg was one of the most important medieval cities in Europe. It served as a more or less de facto “eastern capital” of the Ottonian dynasty in the 10th and 11th centuries and remained one of Germany’s most important cities until the early modern era. Magdeburg’s newest “must-see” architectural attraction is the whimsical Grüne Zitadelle (Green Citadel), the last building of eccentric artist-architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The Green Citadel is an engaging complex of apartments, shops, cafés and hotel, all wrapped in an electric pink exterior (go figure!) that screams for attention.
We’ll continue our tour with stops at The Green Citadel and the Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, a Romanesque monastery complex and sculpture park. Enjoy some free time this evening to explore the city on your own. Our ship will continue to sail during our tour, and we will rejoin it this evening in Calvoerde.
Day 4 - Brunswick, Germany
Brunswick (known as Braunschweig in Germany) was the seat of the Braunschweig Princes from the 9th century until the 13th century. Stroll through the Burgplatz, home to Dankwarderode Castle and St. Blasii Cathedral, both built at the order of Henry the Lion. Pay your respects to the noble leader when you see the Brunswick Lion, cast in bronze in the 11th century and still standing proudly in Henry’s honor. And walk the cobblestone streets of Magniviertel, one of Braunschweig’s oldest quarters and home to authentic restaurants and shops.
We will rejoin our ship in Hanover, as it will continue to sail during our tour.
Day 4 - Hanover, Germany
A city with a rich history, Hanover has a wealth of museums and cultural sites. See the Market Church, built in the 14th century and considered to be one of the most well-known examples of brick Gothic architectural style. Admire the Old Town Hall, with Romanesque style influences and Neo-Gothic architecture. Visit the Town Hall and climb to the top of its green dome for a breathtaking view of the city and a view of the Harz Mountain range. The Eilenriede park in the middle of Hanover is twice the size of New York’s Central Park, and Herrenhäusen Gardens continues to be the pride of the city from the days of the Kings of Hanover.
We’ll set off on an excursion to Hanover, a mosaic of regal parks and palaces, a university city and economic center that was once the seat of the royal House of Hanover. The Great Garden is fronted by a palace and enriched with sculptures, fountains and a box-hedge maze. Hanover’s resplendent New Town Hall, with its soaring dome, copper roof towers and location in front of the Maschteich pond, looks like a palace. We’ll tour the famed Herrenhäusen Gardens before spending time at the Marktkirche in the center of the Altstadt, with its distinguishing main tower and four-pointed gables completed in the 1360s. We will rejoin our ship in Minden after our tour, where we will remain docked overnight.
Day 5 - Bremen, Germany
Bremen is one of the largest seaports and centers of seaborne trade in Germany. Join us for a walking tour of Bremen. Some of the most memorable experiences include exploring the historic Old Town (Altstadt) and Bremen’s picturesque Marktplatz. Here, you’ll find the statue of Germany’s most famous knight, Roland. Erected in 1404, the statue remains a symbol of the city’s freedom and independence from the church. The more adventurous OUTbounders will take the challenge to climb the south tower of St. Peter’s Cathedral for an exhilarating view of the town down below.
We’ll see St. Peter’s Cathedral, whose 290-foot high towers dominate Bremen’s skyline, and City Hall, built in the 15th century. We’ll also visit the Marktplatz, surrounded by historic gabled houses, and see the Gothic Roland Statue. In Medieval times, the Weser River brought Europe to Bremen’s door. Sea trade has always been in Bremen’s blood, and from the mid-1600s exotic products like coffee began arriving, with Germany’s first coffee house opening here in the 17th century.
Day 6 - Day of Sailing
Time to recharge. After the craziness that was CSD Berlin, and in anticipation of what awaits us in Amsterdam, today is your day to relax. Lay out and catch some rays on the Sun Deck, spend the afternoon soaking in one of the jacuzzis, play ship games with your hosts in the main lounge or just chill with friends and your fellow OUTbounders. Grab a seat up top and watch the stunning countryside of Germany pass by from your comfortable lounge chair, cocktail in hand. Today is yours, you do you!
After dinner, enjoy a night of entertainment with us in the lounge. However, you spend your day, be sure to get plenty of rest and recharge your energy banks. You’re gonna need it!
Day 7 - Groningen, Netherlands
Welcome to the Netherlands! Tonight we’ll tour Groningen, a university town filled with incredible cafés, restaurants and trendy shops. Like most cities in the Netherlands, Groningen’s town center is surrounded by a series of canals and is easy to explore on foot. Old town is home to two large market squares, The Grote Markt (great market) and the Vismarkt (fish market), both of which showcase the best of Dutch food and crafts. Groningen is also known as “Martinistad,” referring to its landmark tower the Martinitoren, built in the 15th century, and the highest building in Europe at the time of its construction.
Explore Groningen on your own with free time this afternoon to stretch your legs, do a little shopping and get your first taste of the Netherlands at one of the cute little cafés near the city center. Groningen is a university town filled with incredible cafés, restaurants and trendy shops. Like most cities in the Netherlands, Groningen’s town center is surrounded by a series of canals and is easy to explore on foot. Old town is home to two large market squares, The Grote Markt (great market) and the Vismarkt (fish market), both of which showcase the best of Dutch food and crafts.
Day 8 - 12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Arrive in Amsterdam during the height of Amsterdam Pride. Amsterdam Pride is one of the best known and exciting pride celebrations in the world. The festival attracts over half a million visitors each year and is one of the largest events in Europe. Amsterdam Pride includes unique exhibitions, cultural and sporting events along with countless street parties throughout the city. Today is yours to let your pride flag fly and dive headfirst into one of the largest parties on the planet! Our ship will stay docked near the Centraal Station for the rest of our stay in Amsterdam, so come and go as you please!
Spend the rest of your time onboard basking in all that Pride Amsterdam has to offer. From street parties to film festivals, the city is alive with pride all week, so make the most of it! There’s Gay Movie Night at the Pathé de Munt, a cinema house on the Vijzelstraat that shows a special classic LGBTQ+ film during pride week, a Senior Pride concert, and of course, it’s Pride Night all week at the bars, clubs and saunas in Amsterdam. The bars on Amstel and Reguliersdwarsstraat will be packed until the early hours of the morning. We’re docked for the rest of the week, so come and go as you please all night, every night!
We are OUTbound for one of Europe’s biggest and most famous Gay Pride festivals, CSD Berlin! We’ll start our celebration in Germany for Gay Pride Berlin, known by the locals as Christopher Street Day, or CSD Berlin. We’ll spend three full days celebrating one of the most eclectic pride celebrations in all of Europe. Berlin has one of the greatest gay cultures in Europe and is party central with even the “straight” clubs having a polysexual, mixed crowd with few boundaries in terms of sex and gender. It’s also home to Berghain, often voted the best nightclub in the world, that has to be seen to be believed.
On Christopher Street Day, hundreds of thousands of people demonstrate for the rights of LGBTQ+ people with a great parade, colorful floats, live music and one of the biggest parties in Europe. The main event, the CSD Berlin Pride Parade, starts at noon on Saturday at the intersection of Kurfürstendamm and Joachimsthaler Straße, just a few blocks from our host hotel, the Axel Hotel Berlin. The parade winds along Berlin’s central park, the Tiergarten, passing Wittenbergplatz, Lützowplatz and Siegessäule. The procession comes to ends at the iconic Brandenburg Gate where a final rally takes place at 5:00 pm and the party really starts!
Berlin Host Hotel
Axel Hotel Berlin
Our OUTbound host hotel is none other than the famous Axel Hotel Berlin, located in Schöneberg, heart of Berlin’s gay scene. The Axel Hotel is fascinating for its cosmopolitan spirit, design, comfort and its excellent service. The charm and elegant mix of gold on black, overlay and textures make the Axel a unique space. With uniquely design rooms for the LGBTQ+ traveler, the Axel is fully equipped to provide our OUTbound guests with maximum comfort and a different stay. The surrounding neighborhood of Schöneberg loves to show off its beautiful colors, from bars and cafés to galleries and street celebrations.
Be sure to join us on Friday for a special “Welcome to Berlin” night OUT, with OUTbounders Deiler and Javier guest bartending at The Green Door, an infamous speakeasy that can’t be seen from the outside but for, you guessed it… a green door. Deiler and Javier will dazzle us with their limitless bartending knowledge while you escape into a piece of esoteric Berlin. Sit back and enjoy this special night as the boys serve cocktails ranging from the ‘make-you-feel-right-at-home’ to the ‘how-do-you-pronounce-this-again.’ Since the 1920s, Schöneberg has been the center of gay life in Berlin, and centrally located within this neighborhood is the Axel Hotel, our host hotel for CSD Berlin. For an authentic neighborhood experience, come to Flohmarkt Schöneberg, and lose yourself among the countless stalls. Brimming with second-hand treasures and gorgeous vintage fashions, the flea market adjacent to the town hall gathers the alternative spirit the city is so famous for.
Join us as we cruise into Amsterdam for Pride Amsterdam, one of our favorite pride festivals on the planet! We’re in the heart of it all as we host our fellow OUTbounders for the main event, Pride Amsterdam weekend and the world-famous Canal Parade. We can’t think of a better way to show off the canals of Amsterdam than with this amazing spectacle. Known for its nightlife and liberal attitude towards sex and partying, gay Amsterdam is the perfect end to our Pride to Pride cruise. Given its open-mindedness, it’s no surprise that the city offers a number of unforgettable gay-friendly experiences, including the only Gay Pride parade on water.
Reguliersdwarsstraat, located in the old city center, is a vibrant, gay-friendly street that serves as a center for gay clubs, restaurants and other LGBTQ+ venues. After a day of shopping and dining, Join us as we cruise into Amsterdam for Pride Amsterdam, one of our favorite pride festivals on the planet! We’re in the heart of it all as we host our fellow OUTbounders can let loose at clubs like Funhouse and Club Church, which host lavish parties once the sun goes down. No matter how you choose to celebrate your pride, know that Amsterdam boasts one of Europe’s most vibrant and inclusive gay scenes and has some of the best clubs and bars in the world, offering to Join us as we cruise into Amsterdam for Pride Amsterdam, one of our favorite pride festivals on the planet! We’re in the heart of it all as we host our fellow OUTbounders a truly unique and exciting visit.
Amsterdam Host Hotel
RHO Hotel Amsterdam
The RHO Hotel opened its doors in April 1989. The building was formerly used by an old Amsterdam gold trading company, while the beautiful reception and lobby were once a theater, built in 1908 in Art-Deco style. The RHO is located in the heart of the old city in a quiet side street, a few steps from the historic Dam Square, the location of the Closing Party. All of the rooms at the RHO have a private bathroom with a shower, free Wi-Fi, a safe, satellite TV and a refrigerator. The rooms are modern, comfortable and non-smoking. Complimentary daily breakfast is served each morning in the dining room overlooking Dam Square.
Our OUTbound host hotel is none other than the world-famous RHO Hotel Amsterdam, the most popular gay hotel in the city and “the place to stay for the gay traveler” for years. Right in the old center of Amsterdam, within walking distance of all the pride action, including of course your front-row seat for the Canal Parade. Our host hotel is located between Amsterdam’s two main gay districts and will be a prime spot in the center of all the pride street parties and events. Despite being situated right in the heart of the city, its side street location means the hotel is sheltered from most of the hustle and bustle and is also within the boundaries of Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District (De Wallen). No matter how you choose to celebrate your pride, know that Amsterdam boasts one of Europe’s most vibrant and inclusive gay scenes and has some of the best clubs and bars in the world, offering OUTbounders a truly unique and exciting visit. Known for its nightlife and liberal attitude, Amsterdam is the perfect end to our Pride to Pride cruise!