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Visit Idyllic Villages Along the Rhine River During the Holiday Season

Exploring the Enchantment of the Rhine

Uncover the hidden gems of the Rhine River valley during an incredibly heartwarming and festive time of year. Sailing among the idyllic villages of this region, we’ll enjoy freshly baked holiday cookies and other delectable treats as we walk among charming shops featuring iconic handmade nutcrackers and crystal ornaments to adorn your holiday trees at home for years to come. Experience special nighttime walks through quaint villages with friends with surprises around every corner.

  • Day 1: Cologne
  • Day 2: Koblenz
  • Day 3: Loreley Scenic Sailing (AM) Rüdesheim (PM)
  • Day 4: Mannheim
  • Day 5: Wiesbaden
  • Day 6: Frankfurt
  • Day 7: Frankfurt


  • Exclusive and rare opportunity to meet with U.S. Air Force LGBTQ+ soldiers at Ramstein Air Force while the ship is docked in Mannheim, Germany. Enjoy a panel conversation with the soldiers on their experience in the military at Ramstein, followed by a festive holiday reception.

  • Specially curated shipboard entertainment, including performances from Envy Peru, winner of Ru Paul's Drag Race Holland, Nikita Vegaz and Metamorkid, Drag Race Germany contestants.

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

  • Incredible two-night optional pre-cruise program featuring exclusive VIP access to events in conjunction with Cologne's Bear Pride weekend.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional Cologne Bear Pride Pre-Cruise Program

November 29 to December 1, 2024

The timing couldn’t be better, as the Advance by Transcend will set sail on the final day of Cologne’s annual Bear Pride celebrations. Extend your stay, arriving 2-nights early, and enjoy the vibrant LGBTQ+ community Cologne is known for. Two nights at the legendary Hotel Excelsior Ernst, a brief walk from much of the city’s nightlife and attractions. Private transportation and VIP special access to the numerous Bear Pride events being planned have been arranged. Transcend Cruises will be at the heart of this year’s events, as we will participate in one of the biggest gatherings in the calendar of European Bear events.

Pre-Cruise Extension Inclusions

  • 2-Nights Accommodations
  • All Taxes & Fees
  • Porterage
  • Breakfast Daily (Day 2 & Day 3)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sauna & Fitness Center Access
  • Mini-Bar, Replenished Daily
  • Private Airport Transfers
  • Access to Cologne Bear Pride Events
  • Half-day City Tour of Cologne
Featured Accommodations

Hotel Excelsior Ernst
Cologne, Germany

Things that last just a few years are fashion. What lasts for decades is luxury. For over 160 years, the Excelsior Hotel Ernst has welcomed guests through its doors opposite Cologne Cathedral, in the heart of Cologne’s Old Town. And in this house of grand tradition, they appreciate guests with the highest expectations. Just a short walk to the Central Rail Station, the Excelsior Hotel Ernst, with its 134 luxury rooms, has all you need for an unforgettable stay.

Our guests will enjoy rooms that offer everything their heart desires, with nearly 350 square feet of living space. The rooms are adorned with unique views of well-known Cologne landmarks, immersing them in the city of the cathedral’s unique charm. You’ll feel right at home on the lovingly chosen carpets, in the spacious, inviting armchairs, and in the marble bathroom. Our Transcend LGBTQ+ Cruise Managers will be on-site to ensure your unique needs are tended to with pleasure.