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Cologne, Germany

Cologne, Germany is a bucket list destination for many travelers who love art, history, and culture. Having once played a significant role in Roman trading, Cologne is filled with opportunities to explore its incredible history. The city’s Gothic architecture, many museums, and famous landmarks (such as the Opera House) are major highlights for those who love to appreciate art. Cologne is also a must-visit for beer enthusiasts, as the town is famous for locally brewed beer and numerous breweries!

Many cruises lines offered cruises that include Cologne as a port of call in their itineraries; however, Riviera River Cruises and Uniworld River Cruises are currently the only cruise lines that offer cruises from Cologne. The most ideal time to visit Cologne is between September and November or April and June, when the weather is at its peak. For holiday cruises that highlight Europe’s famous Christmas markets, you’ll have to travel during December, so you’ll definitely want to make sure you pack a hat, gloves, and scarf to stay bundled and warm.

British cruise line Riviera River Cruises features a fabulous variety of cruises departing from Cologne. If you’re looking for a quick getaway, there are a few short 4-night roundtrip holiday voyages (featuring yuletide markets) from Cologne. If you are looking for a longer trip, Riviera River Cruises also features a few 14-night cruises that explore the heart of Europe, as well as a number of 7-night cruises that sail along the Rhine. These cruises are available on MS Charles Dickens, MS Emily Bronte, MS Geoffrey Chaucer, MS George Eliot, MS Jane Austen, and MS Oscar Wilde.

Uniworld River Cruises offers a smaller selection of cruises from Cologne, including a 7-night Holiday Market sailing onboard S.S. Antoinette, and a 9-night voyage from Cologne to Frankfurt onboard River Queen.

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Cruise Lines with Cruises to Cologne, Germany

The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Cologne, Germany. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Cologne, Germany:

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River Cruise Lines

Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.

River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.

Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.

Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.

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Deluxe Cruise Lines

These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.

A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.

Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.

The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.

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Specialty Cruise Lines

These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.

On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.

Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).

Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.

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Luxury Cruise Lines

When the finest cruise vacation is your top priority, this is the place to start.

On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.

All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.

  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 29 (28 - 196 Guests)
  • Intimate Environment, Inclusive Value
  • Excursions Included in Cruise Fare
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Avalon Waterways
  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 19 (16 - 166 Guests)
  • Shore Excursions Included
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
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  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 46 (16 - 226 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive Pricing
  • Authentic French Cuisine
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Emerald Cruises
  • Deluxe / River / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 12 (84 - 204 Guests)
  • Offers River and Yacht Cruises
  • Valuable Inclusions
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Riviera River Cruises
  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 13 (126 - 169 Guests)
  • British-owned Cruise Line
  • Spacious Accommodations
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Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
  • Luxury / River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 15 (68 - 228 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • Offers River and Yacht Cruises
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Tauck Cruises
  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 25 (40 - 310 Guests)
  • All inclusive pricing
  • Family owned cruise line
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Uniworld River Cruises
  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 17 (32 - 159 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive Product
  • Every Stateroom Has River View
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Viking Ocean Cruises
  • Deluxe Cruise Line
  • Ships: 10 (930 Guests)
  • Newest and Largest Small Ship Fleet!
  • All Veranda Staterooms!
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Viking River Cruises
  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 66 (52 - 386 Guests)
  • Shore Excursions & Wi-Fi Included
  • Wine & Beer Included at Lunch &
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Things to do near Cologne, Germany

These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Cologne, along with a brief description:

♦ Kolner Dom (Cologne Cathedral)

History and culture lovers will rejoice at the chance to visit Kolner Dom, Germany’s largest and most iconic cathedral. This 13th century UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see when spending time in Cologne. Inside, you can view the beautiful stained-glass windows, Three Magi Shrine, the Gero Cross, medieval statues, and a large pipe organ, as well as admire some of the most striking Gothic architecture in the region. For a nominal fee, you can climb up the cathedral’s towers for some of the most breathtaking views of the city, all while learning about how the building was one of the only structures to survive a World War II bombing.

♦ Cologne Chocolate Museum

If you grow tired of traditional art and history museums, an exciting alternative is Cologne’s famous Chocolate Museum! A perfect activity for families and guests of all ages, the Cologne Chocolate Museum will bring you through 5,000 years of chocolate history, complete with sweet treats and unique creations in between. The museum houses a cinema where you can view chocolate commercials from all eras, a greenhouse with live cocoa trees, and a 10-foot tall chocolate fountain (certain to delight young kids). Adults will appreciate the gift shop where you can purchase German and Swiss chocolates so you can bring a taste of the museum home with you.

♦ Schloss Augustusburg Palace

No cruise from Cologne is complete without a visit to Schloss Augustusburg Palace! Guided tours take you inside of this magnificent structure, which boasts a stunning rococo design and some of the original furniture. You can discover the fascinating history behind this summer palace as well as the impressive gardens located on the grounds. No photography is allowed inside the palace, but you will have plenty of photo ops from outside!

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