• Location: Cologne, Germany
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Share in Germany’s famous holiday spirit on this Christmas dinner cruise departing from Cologne. Glide past illuminated landmarks such as the Cologne Cathedral and fairy-tale castles along the romantic Rhine River. Feast on seasonal German fare from an abundant buffet, and dine by candlelight as a live onboard band and free-flowing beer and wine set a festive mood.


  • 3-hour Cologne Christmas dinner cruise along the Rhine River
  • Get into the holiday spirit with live onboard music
  • Savor a buffet dinner of German winter specialities
  • Enjoy unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks
  • See the Cologne Cathedral and other historic landmarks lit up against the night sky

What You Can Expect

Cologne Rhine River Christmas Dinner Cruise

Christmas Dinner Cruise

Make your way to the dock, located a short walk from Cologne’s old town and central Christmas market, around 8pm, and climb aboard either the MS RheinEnergie or MS RheinFantasie. Settle into a table with other partygoers in the ship’s cozy dining room, and get into the holiday spirit with the help of cheerful live music.

Get a new perspective on Cologne’s Romanesque churches and the twin spires of the city's famous cathedral illuminated against the night sky. Watch the rippling reflection of the city lights in the water while cruising along the Rhine River, past towering castles and medieval towns nestled against the riverbanks.

Pleasure your plate at a generous buffet featuring German winter fare such as pork shoulder in Christmas spices, smoked salmon, corn polulard with hazelnut sauce, and rustic roasts and meatballs. Indulge in holiday sweets such as baked apples smothered in vanilla sauce, forest-fruit pancakes, and plum-cinnamon ice cream. Toast to the season with unlimited German beer and wine.

After three hours of dining, drinking, and Christmas cheer, say farewell to the crew and your new friends when the ship docks back at the pier.


Customer Reviews

Lesley S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

What a fantastic experience. Everything was perfect so Christmassy. Food was delicious and plenty of it and it was piping hot. Drink, decorations, table settings and staff all first class. There was a great band on. We were in a party of 4 we all had an amazing night. Great value for money. I would highly recommend this cruise.
I would like to thank Isidro Sid Seguin and Virnie Modarong who made the whole experience so very special the were so attentive. I would definately do this again

Ad S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

great tour wortwhile great value for money


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The dinner cruise was amazing and e had fun. We were realy pleased whit everything. The only draw back was that thw names of the food was written only in German it would have helped if they were written also in English.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This was really excellent and tremendous value for money. The boat was beautifully decorated and the live band were really good so there was a proper party atmosphere. The food was plentiful and of a very high standard (the smoked salmon was superb; so were all the meat dishes) . Service was really attentive and your glass was refilled as soon as it started to empty. The wines were good quality, there was bottled water at every table and the beer was the excellent locally brewed kolsch. The only thing we hadn't expected was to be seated with other people but the organisers had thoughtfully put us with another a British couple (in fact, they turned out to be Welsh, like us). and we really enjoyed their company. We didn't really register the scenery as obviously it was dark and we were involved in the food and the party atmosphere but when we went up on deck we saw great views of the best of Colognr, ie the cathedral. The boat is conveniently moored ten minutes walk from the main station and the cathedral so very easy to get to and from. All in all, loved it and would recommend it to anyone. Oh, and the locals love to dance!!

Gail USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This was a a lovely trip. It was very cold outside, but the boat was very warm and comfortable. The staff was wonderful, the food was very good! We were able to get through the buffet line near the beginning, but when my husband went back for seconds, it was still just as delicious. Several kinds of meat were served, a salad bar, vegetables, soup, and all the wine or beer you could drink. The view was beautiful from the boat, but hard to take good pictures as it was moving. It lasted three hours. There was a live band aboard, but we were on the other side of ship, so the music was nicely in the background. Many people danced, and it was quite a party! There was much laughing and fun had by all!

nicola d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

lovely food, very friendly staff and great band/entertainment on board. only improvement would be to have food labels in English language at the food buffet for the non germans on board!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Great value for money, well organised and entertaining evening. Highly recommended


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2011

We were a group of 14 who went to Cologne primarily for the xmas markets but the highlight of the long weekend proved to be the evening dinner cruise. Real value for money, the food, service and entertainment were all outstanding.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2010

We had a great time, the music was fantastic and the food and service was great as well. We will look forward to next year.

Richard E

4 star rating: Recommended February 2018

Enjoyable cruise up the Rhine with buffet dinner and music entertainment.

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