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Cologne Christmas Market Break - SOLD OUT! 

Head to Cologne this festive season and pick up some unique and exciting gifts for you and your family from the city’s wonderful, pretty Christmas Markets.

2 nights in an en suite cabin
Coach transfers to & from Cologne (4hrs)
2 nights bed & breakfast at the 4 star Marriott Cologne
Live onboard entertainment

Cologne Christmas markets

Cologne Christmas Markets

Cologne is a beautiful city at the best of times, but is completely transformed during the festive season. Head to the Fairytale Christmas Market in the appropriately-named Rudolfplatz and you’ll be amazed at the variety of gifts on offer, from classic wooden toys to handmade winter clothing and much, much more. You can also be entertained by magicians, jugglers and traditional glassblowers as you shop. There are other markets in the town too, such as the Market of Angels at Neumarkt, with chalet-style stalls, or the Cologne Harbour Christmas Market, which sits alongside the city’s chocolate factory.

Classic Cologne

Cologne is a stunning German city, and the country’s fourth-largest after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. The two-spired cathedral in the centre of the town is regularly voted Germany’s most popular tourist attraction and fits in with the unique mish-mash of architectural styles available to see in the rest of the city, with everything from ancient Roman ruins to modern avant-garde buildings. The city also has a rich tradition of art, with plenty of museums for tourists to visit.

Cologne travel guide

Onboard entertainment

Onboard entertainment

There’s plenty to do for friends or couples on our cruise ferries as you sail across the North Sea. Enjoy live music from our house band or acoustic troubadour as you sip a beer or cocktail in our onboard bars or catch the latest Hollywood blockbusters in the cinema. We also have onboard shops which stock everything from clothes and perfumes, to alcohol, tobacco and newspapers.

Onboard dining

Onboard dining

Whether you’re looking for an international, all-you-can-eat buffet, an à la carte dining experience, or expertly-prepared steaks, our onboard restaurants have something for you. The 7 Seas world-food buffet features over 80 dishes from all over the world. Our Blue Riband restaurant has a rotating menu where you’re sure to find something you love and our Explorer’s Steakhouse is perfect for carnivores, with the finest cuts of steak cooked exactly how you like them.

En suite cabins

En suite cabins

Relax in your own, private cabin with en suite facilities as you cruise the North Sea. Our standard Seaways cabins come with inside or Sea View options and you can also upgrade to our Premium or Premium De Luxe cabins should you wish to upgrade for a more luxurious crossing.

Onboard facilities

Create your own festive break

European city breaks are a perfect winter getaway, so why not take your car across to Europe and create your own festive break? Head to one of Europe’s many festive markets and with 5 routes from the UK to Europe, there’s no better way to take your vehicle across to the continent.

Your trip at a glance

Day 1
14:30 Check-in opens.
16:30 Check-in closes.
17:00 Depart North Shields for IJmuiden.

Day 2
09:30 Arrive in IJmuiden.
09:45 Coach departs IJmuiden for Cologne.
13:00 Arrive in Cologne and the Mariott Hotel. Explore Cologne at your leisure.

Day 3 Explore Cologne at you leisure and the Christmas markets on offer

Day 4
Morning at leisure.
13:00 Board the coach back to IJmuiden from your hotel.
16:30 Arrive at the terminal for check-in and boarding.
17:30 Depart IJmuiden for North Shields

Day 5
09:00 Arrive in North Shields


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