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Our Journey

Frankfurt, Germany’s nighttime skyline from the Main River

Our Journey

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.


• One-of-a-kind, invitation only, LGBTQ+ exclusive program operated by Transcend Cruises.

• Specially curated shipboard entertainment, from regional drag and cabaret performers and DJs to unparalleled shipboard entertainment at our beautiful Steinway piano for holiday singalongs.

• Personal onboard LGBTQ+ Concierge Service to arrange independent exploration on your schedule or participate in our small group excursions of 24 or fewer guests.

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

• Unique Chef’s Table culinary experiences with our Culinary Team allow you to perfect your holiday party recipes with regional and seasonal dishes that will wow your guests back home.

• 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-night accommodations
  • All taxes & fees
  • Porterage
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sauna & Fitness Center Access
  • Mini-Bar, Replenished Daily
  • Private Airport Transfers
  • Cologne Bear Pride Event VIB (Very Important Bear) Access
  • Transportation to/from planned Bear Pride activities
  • Half-day city tour and orientation of Cologne’s iconic holiday market (Frankfurt, Cologne, and Dusseldorf Airports)


Hotel Excelsior Ernst, Cologne, Germany

Pre-Cruise Extension Accomodations

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.

Your journey toward transcendence begins here