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A Merry Little Christmas Cruise

From £1.299 pp

You can never have too much some holiday cheer.

You’ll be in a state of holiday bliss as you cruise through Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna. Experience true Christmas magic as these cities come alive during the holidays. Think Budapest’s Christmas Fair, pub crawls through the city’s world-renowned ruin bars, festive streets and ice skating.

The holidays and U go together like cookies and milk.

What’s Included:

  • Boutique 5 night cruise in a riverview stateroom
  • 8 meals onboard, 2 meals a day onboard
  • Welcome Party
  • 2 dedicated U Hosts
  • Soft drinks,
  • 5 included excursions
  • 7 U Time optional excursions
  • Local celebrity DJ Party
  • Included Spirit of Christmas mixology class
  • Complimentary Bikes on board for your use
  • Movies to rent in your room
  • Fitness center
  • All gratuities onboard and ashore
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
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Day 1 - Budapest

After you’ve refueled and gotten your jolly bearings, follow your host on a pub crawl through the city’s world-renowned ruin bars.

Budapest has a reputation for being an epic party city, but we can’t be certain. If you could, please, follow your host through the city’s extensive scene of abandoned-buildings-turned-raves and report back to us.

Once upon a time, there was an abandoned factory that had an appointment set with a wrecking ball. Its owners had another idea. They threw together old furniture and DIY decorations to create Szimpla Kert, the mother of all clubs. This laid the blueprint for every ruin bar after and now Budapest is crawling with them.

Party your way through Budapest’s underground club scene, enjoying cheap drinks, techno beats and street art at every stop.


Day 2 - Budapest

If you’re not yet in the holiday spirit, you will be. Follow your host into Budapest’s Christmas Fair at Vörösmarty Square. Gifts, trinkets and holiday treats—this place has it all.

Pay tribute to Budapest’s rich Jewish culture with a visit to the Holocaust Memorial Center and Dohány Street Synagogue. With seating for 3,000 people, Dohány is the largest synagogue in all of Europe and second largest in the world.

Pay holiday homage to those who were held captive, tortured and killed in two of the bloodiest periods of Hungarian history. This fascinating museum offers an unforgettable look at fascism and communism in the 20th century.

Day 2 - Budapest

Brunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Bratislava & Vienna

If there’s one “must-do” in Vienna, the mecca of classical music, it’s attending a Mozart and Strauss concert. This isn’t your average concert. Head to Klosterneuburg Abbey, a 900-year-old Augustinian monastery, for a classical music performance by a professional chamber orchestra. After, mix and mingle with the wildly talented musicians at an exclusive reception.

Walk the festive streets of Bratislava’s Old Town with your host and stop at the city’s annual Christmas market. Taste Slovak delicacies and pick up some Bohemian Christmas decorations and toys—all handcrafted for the holiday season.

Day 3 - Bratislava & Vienna

Brunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Vienna

What’s better than poking around a baroque palace? Poking around after hours, when the crowds of tourists have all gone back home. Your guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace—the former summer residence of the imperial family—includes the state rooms and private apartments of Empress Maria Theresa. A little background: Emperor Leopold I commissioned architect Bernhard Fischer von Erlach to build a palatial hunting lodge for the throne to be at the end of the 17th century. Half a century later, Maria Theresa Schönbrunn made it the focus of court life. Today, it plays host to highest-level politicians in all of Europe. And now—you.

Holiday music and holiday food go together like wiener and schnitzel. Enjoy a private opera show while you learn how to make delicious Viennese eats from one of the city’s esteemed chefs. Because if you want to cook like a Viennese chef, you should listen to Viennese music, too.

Vienna comes alive during the holidays. Take a host-escorted, leisurely tour of the Freyung Christmas Market. It’s elegant and charming, located in the heart of the city. Then stop by the City Hall Market right in front of the illuminated neo-gothic building. For nativity scenes and artisan goods, check out the market at Karlsplatz, arguably the grandest baroque church in the world.

Day 4 - Vienna

Brunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Budapest

Disembark and head off to your next adventure.


Part boutique hotel, part yacht, part local hotspot. The A makes her home on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, flowing through the Netherlands and Central Europe. She’s sleek and sophisticated.

When your waterfront hotel is also your taxi, bar, favorite restaurant, nightclub and yoga studio, travel becomes a bit more relaxed and a lot more hassle-free.

Onboard, you can expect everything you’d find in your favorite boutique hotel. But here’s the best part. Your floating boutique hotel makes it extra-easy to visit several European destinations in a single trip while only having to unpack once.

Grab a drink and meet us on the top deck, where the glass enclosed room disappears into the floor to create an open-air hangout. It’s the best view in the house and the spot to meet new friends or listen to a local guest DJ. With a casual dining venue and lounge seating, it’s the place to be.

Our ships feature a full-service restaurant and a lite-menu in the lounge for dining — serving farm-to-table cuisine inspired by the culinary style of the places you’ll visit.

Both ships feature three different room styles ranging from “I just need a comfortable place to sleep and stash my stuff” to “I’m going all out in a suite,” each with waterfront views. Flying solo? We have single rooms available and feature special room share rates for those traveling on their own who want to share the experience with a like-minded traveler.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 59 outside staterooms
  • 2 Suites
  • Top deck with panoramic views and rooftop Lounge, you can also enjoy a morning Yoga session
  • Ice Bar, featuring signature cocktails, craft beers, silent discos and DJ’s
  • 24 Hour MUGS Coffee bar
  • Complimentary Bottled water
  • Complimentary Wifi, We also offer personal hotspots for rent during the cruise which can be used onboard and on shore. The rental price is 8 euros per day.
  • U Lounge, always open, with a well stocked bar, mixology, paint and wine classes, serving Tapas style sharing plates and after hours snacks
  • The Spa, soothing massages and beauty treatments
  • Guest Laundry
  • The Gym, treadmills, TRX Bands, Yoga, Free Weights to keep you in shape
  • Bicycles to use on board or get the Wellness team to set up a hike for you
  • 2 Meals a day in Dine restaurant, enjoy farm to table cuisine inspired by the destinations you’ll visit

Suites & Staterooms

As you sip your morning coffee, admire the sun rising from your picture window or balcony. And look forward to getting ready for your day.

Both ships feature three different room styles ranging from “I just need a comfortable place to sleep and stash my stuff” to “I’m going all out in a suite,” each with waterfront views. Flying solo? We have single rooms available and feature special room share rates for those traveling on their own who want to share the experience with a like-minded traveler.

  • Savoir Mattresses
  • Built in Blue tooth speakers
  • Flatscreen TV’s
  • Individual climate control


Upstairs Deck

  • French Balcony with Waterfront Views
  • King size bed with Savior Mattresses
  • Built in Blue tooth Speakers
  • Flatscreen TV’s
  • USB Ports
  • Desk, Table & Chairs
  • Marble Bathroom with Heated Mirror and towel warmer
  • Extra storage and a safe
  • Hairdryer


Upstairs Deck

  • French Balcony with Waterfront Views
  • Queen size bed with Savior Mattresses
  • Marble Bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Built in Blue tooth Speakers
  • Flatscreen TV’s
  • USB Ports
  • Storage and a Safe


Downstairs Deck

  • Waterfront Views
  • Queen Size bed with Savior Mattresses
  • Marble Bathroom
  • Built in Blue tooth Speakers
  • Flatscreen TV’s
  • USB Ports
  • Storage and a Safe

Studio Triple

Upstairs deck

  • Waterfront Views
  • Adjustable Mood Lighting
  • 3 Savior Twin Mattresses, one lofted and one Bunk Bed
  • Ensuite
  • Built in Blue tooth Speakers
  • Each bed has its own Flatscreen TV
  • USB Ports
  • Storage and a Safe


Why Choose This Cruise?

U by Uniworld is a new take on experiential travel, for the young and young at heart, with cruises designed for those with a passion for exploring and a taste for authentic adventures. We at U have always believed that travel should be relaxing, exhilarating, convenient and tailored to your interests — all at the same time.

And on a U by Uniworld river cruise, that’s exactly what you’ll experience.

Enquire now about this cruise & speak to one of our friendly river cruising team on 0800 471 4754.

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