Christmas market cruises from Southampton
If you’re one of the many who find the build up to Christmas stressful and the crowds on the high street turn you off looking for presents, why not try an original way of Christmas shopping this year and take a look at Christmas market cruises from Southampton? Cruise lines confirm that they’re among their best sellers.
Blue-chip PO Cruises (pocruises.com) are offering a 10-night ‘Baltic’ cruise on their liner, the Oriana departing from Southampton on the 4th of December. The first port of call is Zeebrugge for Bruges, whose famous Christmas market starts on the 25th of November, then on to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo and Hamburg, where tours of the famous magical Christmas market are de rigueur.
This cruise is part of P&O’s Early ‘Booking Spectacular’ offering not only reduced prices but also one of three free cruise connections: free car parking, free coach transfers or free regional flights to Southampton on bookings from the 1st of September to the 3rd of November. Prices start from £779 per person based on two people sharing a cabin.
And if you’re over fifty, Saga (saga.co.uk) has the perfect 8-night Christmas Market Cruise from Southampton on Saga Pearl II, departing on the 7th of December. Ports of call include Ghent, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Bremen. Bremen’s annual Christmas Market showcases 150 perfectly decorated stalls where you can buy hand carved wooden toys, handmade candles and other gifts.
Saga’s Christmas Market Cruise costs from £908 per person and includes travel insurance, on-board gratuities, entertainment and activities, welcome cocktail party and Captain’s dinner, all meals onboard and UK mainland travel service to your departure point.