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Danube River All-Gay Cruise 2019

December 2–10, 2019
Lüftner Cruises MS Amadeus Star

8-day all-gay adventure featuring 6-night Danube Christmas Markets gay riverboat cruise from Nuremberg, Germany to Vienna, Austria and 2 pre-cruise nights in Munich, Germany.


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Join us at this most festive time of year to visit the very best Christmas Markets along the Danube River. Explore sleepy little towns and riverscapes, warm yourself with a delicious glass of mulled wine and immerse yourself in the wonderful traditions of the holiday season. Even if you’ve done the Danube in summer, the Christmastime experience is one not to be missed – it’s magical!

Your all-inclusive adventure begins with two days in the heart of Munich, where you’ll find one of the largest and most well-know Christmas Markets in Germany. Enjoy a full-day excursion to the fairytale castle Neuschwanstein, perched among the natural splendor of the Alps.


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Your all-LGBT river cruise takes you from historic Nuremberg to Regensburg, Passau, and Melk, and culminates with an overnight in extraordinary Austrian city of Vienna. Glide down Europe’s most fabled river, the Danube, indulging in some of the best Christmas markets Europe has to offer.

On board the beautiful, brand-new Amadeus Star, you will be pampered by attentive crew in an atmosphere of total relaxation, while enjoying signature Brand g entertainment and the kind of atmosphere that only comes with a cruise fully chartered by us for our guests.

We’ve created an itinerary that delivers iconic European cities at the most festive and joyous time of year. Come celebrate the holidays in style and comfort with your Brand g family!

This vacation has it all – Christmas markets, historic sites, charming towns, world-class wine and cuisine, and more!


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The Ship

The Amadeus Star is the 16th river cruise ship of the Austrian ship operator, Luftner Cruises. Similar to its prominent predecessors, this ship continues with the company’s orientation to high quality river cruises in Europe.

This new vessel follows the award-winning model of Amadeus’ new generation Silver class ships, but offers even further innovative developments.


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The popular concept of spaciousness has been maintained. This includes not only generous public areas but also spacious cabins: 12 large suites impress with an outdoor balcony and a cozy reading corner. Staterooms on the Mozart and Strauss Deck feature automatically lowering panoramic windows which extend across the entire cabin front and have been specially designed for the Amadeus ships. All deluxe cabins and suites offer comfortable, spacious bathrooms, infotainment systems, flat screen television, telephone, cabin safe, minibar and individually regulated climate control.


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Travel Itinerary

Monday, December 2, 2019
Munich, Germany

Munich gay ChristmasUpon arrival to Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss Airport (MUC), you will be met by our representatives and transferred to the Hotel Sofitel Munich Bayerpost. After settling into your room, take some time to explore the city on your own. Your city-center hotel is well-situated to visit the Christmas market at Marienplatz. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at a festive welcome reception.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Munich, Germany - Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle gay tour Today, a drive through Germany’s picturesque countryside brings us to Neuschwanstein. It is one of three castles built by ‘mad’ Ludwig II of Bavaria, who was born in 1845 and died in 1886. Its Neo-Romanesque architecture imitates that of a medieval castle and, in turn, Neuschwanstein was the inspiration for Disney’s Magic Kingdom. The natural splendor of the surrounding Alps provide the perfect backdrop for this iconic fairytale wonder.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Munich / Nuremberg, Germany

Munich gay tour Following breakfast at the hotel, we embark on a morning tour exploring the highlights of Munich. We take you to Königsplatz, past famous art museums and along the magnificent avenues Ludwigand and Prinzregentenstraße with their significant buildings and museums, including Ludwig’s Church, the Theatiner Church, the Feldherrenhalle (Hall of Generals), the House of Arts, the Bavarian National Museum, as well as the impressive statue Angel of Peace overlooking the city. We also visit Maximilian Street, which leads to the Residence and National Theatre/Opera House among many other famous places.

Following lunch on your own, we travel from Munich to Nuremberg to board our comfortable home for the next six nights, the river boat Amadeus Star. Tonight we enjoy a festive “welcome aboard” dinner.
Breakfast & Dinner


Thursday, December 5, 2019
Nuremberg, Germany

Christmas Danube gay cruise - Nuremberg, Germany This morning, visit the Bavarian town of Roth, where the city tour of Nuremberg starts. The tour will take you to the most significant monuments and sights in picturesque Nuremberg. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the romantic Christmas market and taste the world-famous Nuremberg lebkuchen (gingerbread) before returning to your ship, where we begin our journey down river, across the Continental Divide.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Friday, December 6, 2019
Regensburg, Germany

Christmas Danube gay cruise - RegensburgA full day is spent in festively adorned, historic Regensburg. This magical destination where time seems to stand still, is best explored during a morning guided sightseeing walk. After lunch, explore on your own or opt to join an excursion to the Christmas market in the royal Thurn and Taxis Castle. Revel in the festive pre-Christmas atmosphere filled with the aroma of roasted almonds and stalls filled with local handicrafts.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Saturday, December 7, 2019
Passau, Germany

Danube Christmas gay cruise - Passau, GermanyDuring breakfast, arrive in Passau, also known as the “City of Three Rivers”, situated at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz Rivers. In the morning, enjoy the romantic old town with its historic buildings during the course of a guided walk. The afternoon is a perfect time to visit the traditional Passau Christmas market. Early this evening your ship will depart this lovely city and head towards Melk.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Sunday, December 8, 2019
Melk / Weissenkirchen / Vienna, Austria

Christmas Danube gay cruise - MelkIn the morning, we reach the UNESCO World Natural Heritage region of the Wachau. Your ship docks in Melk, where you’ll enjoy an excursion to Melk Abbey and Dürnstein. Afterwards, defy the weather and join us for a mug of warming glühwein (mulled wine), after which you will return to your ship.

The rest of the day is spent on board, where you will have a wonderful view of the passing winter landscapes as your cruise ship travels towards Vienna.

In the evening, we recommend that music lovers attend the atmospheric “Sound of Vienna” concert, which will present a kaleidoscope of Viennese classical music.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Monday, December 9, 2019
Vienna, Austria

Christmas Danube gay cruise - Vienna, AustriaEnjoy exploring wintery Vienna today! A morning city sightseeing tour in a comfortable bus takes you past the most beautiful sights of the Austrian capital. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to tour the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, as well as to visit the traditional, romantic Christmas market in front of the palace.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Vienna, Austria / Departure

Your Christmas Markets cruise concludes this morning with disembarkation after breakfast and an airport transfer to Vienna airport.

Or, you may wish to extend your stay in this glorious city.


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Munich, Germany
Hotel Sofitel Munich Bayerpost

Hotel Sofitel Munich Bayerpost The 5-star Sofitel Munich Bayerpost is situated in the heart of the city, just 109 yards (100 m) from Munich's main train station. This heritage-listed building impresses with avant-garde architecture and a cosmopolitan design reflecting "l'art de vivre à la française”.

Built in the Wilhelminian style, and offering a view over the Alps, French savoir vivre blends with Bavarian joie de vivre in the 396 rooms and famous banquet hall. Relax at So SPA, with its heated pool, steam bath, sauna and softly lit relaxation rooms built out of stone and beautiful tiles.

Sofitel Munich Bayerpost Hotel roomThe rooms, suites and apartment are spread across eight floors and are furnished using natural materials. Time to relax in the Salon de Littérature, inspired by poetry and prose. Let the day fade away and enjoy the rain shower, Nespresso machine/tea-making facilities, 48" flat screen TV, free WIFI, Bose sound system, 0.5-l Evian daily.

An homage to the "typical" Parisian brasserie. The focal point is our open-style kitchen, which brings a piece of France to Munich with its cleverly prepared dishes and selected ingredients from the region. The bar is named after the River Isar, which flows into Munich from the Alps. The decor combines green silk, dark wood and black leather, and patrons can enjoy various spirits, contemporary cocktails and delicious snacks such as Bayerpost curried sausage.

Additional Pre Night(s):
Single - $TBD ; Double - $TBD, per person, breakfast included.


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Advent & Christmas Markets Danube
All-Gay River Cruise 2019 Itinerary

  Date Destination  
  02 December Munich, Germany Arrival day
  03 December Munich, Germany  
  04 December Munich / Nuremberg, Germany Embarkation
  05 December Nuremberg, Germany  
  06 December Regensburg, Germany  
  07 December Passau, Germany  
  08 December Melk / Weissenkirchen / Vienna, Austria  
  09 December Vienna, Austria  
  10 December Vienna, Austria Disembark

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Cruise Tour Package Includes

• Guaranteed All-LGBT charter
• 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Munich including daily Buffet Breakfast
• Escorted tour to Neuschwanstein Castle
• ½ day guided walking tour in Munich
• Transfer from the Hotel in Munich to the Ship in Nuremberg
• 6 Nights Cruise Accommodation
• Superb Dining: all meals included during your cruise
• Services of an experienced cruise director and Brand g host throughout the cruise
• Complimentary shore excursions offered daily
Brand g signature entertainment
• “Sounds of Vienna” concert and visit to Schunbrunn Palace with Christmas market
• Airport transfers in Munich (MUC) and Vienna (VIE)


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Frequently Asked Questions

Tips You Need To Know Before Your Cruise
Thank you for choosing Brand g. Your itinerary has been carefully selected to ensure you have memorable vacation. We hope you will enjoy your special journey as much as we have enjoyed putting it together. Our representatives are experienced professionals committed to delivering outstanding service. We will do everything within our power to make your river cruise experience the best ever! So, relax and absorb the ambiance of the magical settings and fascinating places you will visit.

To help prepare you for your vacation, we have compiled some important tips. We encourage you to read this information carefully and to bring it with you as a reference during your travels. While traveling, please keep in mind that patience, understanding and the flexibility to adapt to a changing environment will enhance your vacation experience. Despite careful planning, unavoidable circumstances may require last minute changes to your itinerary. However, we have discovered that these deviations often reveal unexpected discoveries.

Traveling reveals new and exciting lifestyles, cuisines and traditions that may be different from what you are used to. Respecting these differences will create an infinitely more pleasant and rewarding experience. We wish you an exciting and memorable vacation.


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Passports & Visas
A valid passport is required for all Brand g charters; your passport must be valid for at least six months after your return. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and secure all required visas. Consult with the appropriate consulates to determine if any visas are needed. Vacations can be disrupted, or altered if the correct documents cannot be supplied at airports or border crossings; please check your itinerary carefully. In the event that you lose your passport while traveling, we recommend you photocopy the first pages of your passport, airline tickets, driver’s license and/or birth certificate to simplify and expedite the process of replacing lost documents. Keep the originals separate from the copies. This will make replacement easier if you lose them en route. It is also useful to carry spare passport photos. You may wish to scan your passport, airline tickets and credit card numbers and email them to yourself as attachments, so you may download copies to assist in obtaining replacements.


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What To Wear
Comfortable clothes and good walking shoes while on land. And, since there are spa facilities, and fitness room on the ship, we suggest workout clothes. Jackets and ties are not required. We recommend country club casual for dinner.

Special Diets
Please advise us prior to departure if you have any special dietary requirements. We will make every effort possible to always accommodate your requests, however, please note that local conditions and seasonality can restrict our ability on occasions.


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Settling Your Bill Onboard
The day before your cruise ends you will be given an invoice for any onboard charges you may have made. Please check the invoice to make sure all items are accounted for before payment/closing of the account. All onboard charges will be in Euros. Payment is accepted in cash (Euros) or by credit card. Your bank/credit card company will convert this into your card currency at their own exchange rate. Some bank/credit cards may charge a separate fee, as well.


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ATM machines are widely available throughout Europe and readily accessible during shore excursions; the ship does not have an ATM machine onboard. Prior to traveling, we recommend that you notify your bank of your travel plans so they can inform you of any applicable transaction fees and provide any information on restrictions, etc.

For Austria and Germany the currency is the Euro.


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Who travels with Brand g?
All of our vacations are created for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) travelers, along with straight allies, who enjoy innovative escorted vacations to international spots. None of our current trips are designed for participants under the age of 21.


What can I expect on Brand g travel program?
All of Brand g Vacations will have at least two trip escorts. Depending on the size and location of the program, we will also include signature Brand g entertainment, including cabaret artists, DJs and comedians. The true stars of any Brand g travel program are the travelers themselves. Whether you’re traveling with a partner or interested in making new friends, our trips provide excellent opportunities to explore the world with others that share similar values.


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Do you offer a single supplement or a roommate sharing program?
We do offer a single supplement on all of our travel programs; however, it may vary depending on the destination. Our goal with roommate matching is to help facilitate an introduction with other solo travelers prior to your vacation to see if there is compatibility to share a room.


I am traveling by myself; will I be the only single traveler?
Not at all, depending on the trip, anywhere between 15 to 40% of the group will be solo travelers!


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Should I buy travel insurance?
Brand g Vacations strongly recommends the purchase of travel insurance to protect against unforeseen circumstances that might prevent you from traveling with us or unfortunate circumstances during your trip. Travel Insurance is an excellent way of protecting your vacation investment. We recommend Travel Guard, however you are welcome to shop and compare plans from other companies to find the best fit for you.


Is it hard meeting others?
Even the shyest among us end up in group hugs by the end of our cruises. The intimate size (generally 60-150 passengers) provides an opportunity for people to get to know each other in a way not at all possible on large ocean cruises. Countless guests have commented that they aren’t outgoing, and did not anticipate meeting anyone on their cruises, yet made extraordinary new friends – and, in some cases, partners – onboard.


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What does all-inclusive vacation mean?
All-inclusive can never mean every single thing; but at Brand g, we come as close as possible. Our trips almost inevitably include pre-cruise hotel stay, all transfers, unlimited wine and beer at lunch and dinner onboard, guided walking tours in every port, etc. When we say “inclusive”, we mean it! The specifics for this vacation are listed above.


Will I be the youngest onboard?
Mainstream river cruises sometimes have the perception that all the guests are well past retirement age. Brand g cruises, on the other hand, host a wide range of ages, from 20’s-80’s. The average age is mid-50’s, but on any given cruise there are a number of much younger and older guests. Brand g’s entertainment offerings onboard – from shows to parties – make our cruises, in the words of countless cruise staff, “the most fun group we’ve ever had on this ship”.


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Advent & Christmas Markets Danube River All-Gay Cruise 2019 Prices
Category Description




Amadeus Star Suite

Mozart Deck.(26.4 m² / 284 sq.ft.) Comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom, walk-out exterior balcony, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

$ 5,299

Category A-1


Amadeus Star Stateroom

Mozart Deck. (17.5 m² / 188 sq.ft.) with drop-down panoramic window. Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

$ 4,699

Category B-1


Amadeus Star Stateroom

Strauss Deck. (17.5 m² / 188 sq.ft.) with drop-down panoramic window. Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

$ 4,499

Category B-4


Amadeus Queen Stateroom

Strauss Deck. (17.5 m² / 188 sq.ft.) with drop-down panoramic window. Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.

$ 4,299

Category C-1


Amadeus Star window Stateroom

Haydn Deck.(16 m² / 172 sq.ft.) with panoramic window. Spacious bathroom, panoramic window (cannot be opened), walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Cabins with connecting doors are available on request.

$ 3,899

Category C-4


Amadeus Queen window Stateroom

Haydn Deck. (16 m² / 172 sq.ft.) with panoramic window. Spacious bathroom, panoramic window (cannot be opened), walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Cabins with connecting doors are available on request.

$ 3,799

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Additional Terms, Conditions and Fees

Prices are per person based on double occupancy.

All prices in U.S. dollars and are cruise/land only.

Port fees of $175 and pre-paid gratuities of $160 are additional.

Single Supplement for Cruise is $2,500 of twin price, limited to categories A1, B1, B4, C1, C4.

Initial deposit is $850 per person, with final payment due by August 5, 2019.



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