Queen of the Rhine All-Gay Cruise 2019
From Amsterdam Gay Pride to Frankfurt
August 310, 2019
U by Uniworld The A Ship
7 nights from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Frankfurt, Germany
Join us on exciting and all-inclusive Queen of th Rhine all-gay Rhine river cruise! Starting in Amsterdam for two nights over Amsterdam Gay Pride 2019 we then cruise down the Rhine River visiting incredible towns and cities the big ships can't get to. Join DJ Dan Murphy onboard as we bring back I Remember House for its aquatic debut Plus our White Party and Disco Inferno T-Dance.
All your drinks are included, all your shore excursions are included, WiFi included, gratuities included - it's all included!
What You Get in The Price
• 14 meals onboard including 7 brunches, lunch bar snacks, 7 dinners
• All inclusive drinks package
• Welcome reception
• 2 Dedicated cruise directors (U hosts)
• All shore excursions included
• EXCLUSIVE: Castle dinner and vineyard visit with tastings
• 3 onboard ship parties with DJ DAN MURPHY
• All onboard and excursions gratuities included
• WiFi included onboard
• Amsterdam Gay Pride 2019
Exclusive Hermes Holidays Bonuses
• First LGBT (and friends) private charter of the U by Uniworld ‘A’ – A Ship designed by U for YOU.
• Unique itinerary including 2 overnights in Amsterdam for Gay Pride.
• All inclusive alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks package including cocktails, spirits, beer, wine, water, soft drinks, coffee and tea.
• Private medieval banquet in Marksburg Castle, wine tasting and visit to Vollrad Castle, lunch and beer tastings at De Jopenkerk Boutique Brewery in Haarlem.
• 6 additional “light casual lunches” available between brunch and dinner.
• Continue the party and join us for our 4 day extension to Berlin.
Part boutique hotel, part yacht, part local hotspot.
When your waterfront hotel is also your taxi, bar, favourite 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 favourite boutique hotel. But here’s the best part. Your floating boutique hotel makes it extra-easy to visit those beautiful towns and villages along the Rhine in a single trip while only having to unpack once.
Dock in the City Centre
Our perfectly sized ship can often dock in the centre of cities both large and small, putting you right in the middle of the action from the moment you step ashore. Less time getting to and from means you have more time for exploring.
Roof Top Loungin'
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 on the dance floor at our tea dances.
You certainly won’t go hungry. Your ship features a full-service restaurant as well as a lite-menu in the lounge for dining – serving Farm-to-Table cuisine inspired by the culinary style of the places you visit. Nom. Nom.
Every Room Has a View
Our beautiful ship is long, slim and sexy. She’s been specially designed to navigate the locks and canals along the Rhine and Danube Rivers. All of her cabins have water front views, super comfy Saviour mattresses, built in Bluetooth speakers, flat screen TV’s, plenty of outlets with USB ports as well as US and Euro power outlets, ample storage space and a safe. They have been designed to maximise the space available and whilst cosy, they are gorgeous.
The Suites, French Balcony and Studio cabins can be made up in either a double or twin configuration. Twin bed rooms will have a narrow gap between each mattress.
We are excited to announce that your onboard DJ will be none other than Australian DJ royalty – Dan Murphy. There is a reason why Dan has become Sydney’s most sought after DJ - he’s renowned for his hands in the air, feel good anthems and he knows how to get the party started . He has worked with and supported Kylie Minogue, George Michael, Kelly Rowland and most recently Cher. Dan is a regular headliner at Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and we can’t wait for him to start spinning the tunes!
As we sail through the night from the Netherlands to Germany you are invited to our inaugural White Party. We encourage you to let your imagination run wild and live out your ultimate White Party fantasy costume – be bold, be creative, be sassy, be outrageous! Nothing is too over the top!
I Remember House T Dance
Do you remember House Music? Do you remember the good old days of great vocals? Big divas? And those dance floor anthems? Started by Dan Murphy himself this party became instrumental to the Sydney gay party scene and for one day we are brining it back and sharing it with you! Be prepared to dance like nobody is watching!
Who doesn't look good in a pair of leather shorts? We’ll be holding a German inspired BBQ on the upper deck. Whilst we sizzle our sausages for you our sommelier will walk you through the finer points of the regions best Rieslings. Come adorned in your Lederhosen, Dirndl dresses or your interpretation of the good hearted Germans.
Disco Inferno T Dance
“When you can’t find the music, to get down and boogie, all you can do is STEP BACK IN TIME!”
We take you back to the days of Studio 54. It’s going to be an explosion of colour, polyester and nylon. Expect Bianca Jagger to ride in on the back of a horse wearing an off the shoulder gown! It’s the days of disco baby – think sequined hot pants, stripy flares, platform shoes and Farrah Fawcett hair.
Queen of the Rhine All-Gay River Cruise 2019 Itinerary
| 03 Aug
| 04 Aug
| 05 Aug
Amsterdam / Haarlem, Netherlands
| 06 Aug
Haarlem, Netherlands / Cologne, Germany
| 07 Aug
||Cologne / Koblenz, Germany
| 08 Aug
||Koblenz / Rudesheim, Germany
| 09 Aug
||Rudesheim / Frankfurt, Germany
| 10 Aug
Itinerary may be subject to change.
Day 1 - Saturday, August 3, 2019
• Welcome Reception and Amsterdam After Dark
HAPPY PRIDE EVERYBODY! Enjoy the outrageous spectacle of Amsterdam Gay Pride along the banks of the colourful canals. Afterwards make your way to the ship for embarkation where we’ll host a Welcome Reception so you can meet all your fellow travellers as well as the U Team. Tonight join your U Hosts for an orientation walk to the street parties or head off to the official after party FUN HOUSE*. Your floating hotel will be waiting for you whenever you choose to return!
Day 2 - Sunday, August 4, 2019
• Amsterdam Canal Cruise with Drinks
• Red Light Special
The morning is yours to rest, relax and recover! Or make the most of your time and further explore this beautiful city. In the afternoon we’ll board our private boat for a tour of the city via the canals – we’ll keep the party going, as all your drinks are included! This evening either dance the night away at RAPIDO* – the most popular party of the Pride weekend or join one of our local specialists on a tour of the Red Light District which will finish at the gay street parties on Reguliersdwarsstraat.
Day 3 - Monday, August 5, 2019
Amsterdam to Haarlem, Netherlands
• Hip Haarlem Vibes
• Church of Beer: Tasting and Lunch
This morning we sail out of Amsterdam for Haarlem, a city in the northwest Netherlands. Huffington Post once called it one of the “10 Secret European Spots You’ll Want to Visit.” We second that, and you will too. Explore the cobbled streets and gabled homes on a host-escorted walk. Experience the medieval charm of a city that was once a major North Sea trading port. Join us for an included lunch at De Jopenkerk – it’s an old church that’s now a boutique brewery! Tonight we amp it up as we rock on down the Rhine at our inaugural WHITE PARTY – we encourage you to let your imagination run wild and come dressed in your ultimate white fantasy!
Day 4 - Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Haarlem to Cologne, Germany
• Dusseldorf The Fashionista City
• Cologne Cathedral Through the Ages
• Bottoms Up Night Walking Tour
Sleep in and relax – brunch goes till 2pm! In the afternoon we arrive in Dusseldorf where you’ll have time to shop on the glamorous Konigsallee (King’s Boulevard). Shopping not your thing? Then chill at one of the cafes and try some German delicacies. We then transfer to a luxury coach and drive one hour to Cologne. On arrival your local specialist will take you on an architectural walking tour culminating with the awe inspiring Cologne Cathedral. Taking more than 600 years to build it’s a world-renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Over 20,000 people walk its corridors every day, making it the most visited landmark in Germany. Tonight our included “Bottoms Up” walking tour shows us Cologne By Night as we hit her renowned gay bar district.
Day 5 - Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Cologne to Koblenz, Germany
• Rhine Rider
• Private Medival Banquet in Marksburg Castle
• German Corners Walking Tour
This morning the ship departs Cologne and heads towards Bonn. Why not grab a helmet, one of our bikes and ride along the Rhine from Cologne to Bonn, or later in the day from Bonn to Remagen. Stop for pictures whenever you please and take in the sights of historical Germany. The journey will conclude at the Bridge of Remagen, famous for its role in World War II. We then turn up the tunes on the upper deck as we groove on down the Rhine at our I REMEMBER HOUSE TEA DANCE. This evening in Koblenz we take a coach up to the spectacular Marksburg Castle where we dine at our private Medieval Banquet. When we return our hosts will take us on a walking tour of the local hot spots in Koblenz.
Day 6 - Thursday, August 8, 2019
Koblenz to Rudesheim, Germany
• Sausage Party / Sommelier Riesling Talk and Tastings
• Wine Tasting at Vollrads Castle
Today we travel down the “Romantic Rhine” – the most beautiful and most photographed section of our river. To celebrate we are hosting a “Sausage Party”. Join in our German inspired BBQ by donning your best Lederhosen or Dirndl Dress! Our on board Sommelier will be doing a Riesling presentation and tasting to keep you hydrated! In the early afternoon we will arrive in stunning Rudesheim where we keep the party going by visiting the spectacular Vollrads Castle and Winery for a tour and tasting. Prost! We will return to the ship for dinner and the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy the town.
Day 7 - Friday, August 9, 2019
Rudesheim to Frankfurt, Germany
• Frankfurt Foodie Call and Walking Tour
This morning you wake up in Frankfurt! It’s more than just a sausage – it’s continental Europe’s largest financial centre and home to the world’s biggest book fair and auto show. It’s the place where German emperors were crowned, Goethe was born and the first national assembly gathered. On our included tour we will discover the old town around Romerberg and then shop in the Kleine Markethalle – a culinary world trip – for the 7 indispensible ingredients for their famous Green sauce – featured in tonight’s cooking class with our head chef. The rest of the day is yours free to enjoy this cosmopolitan city. This afternoon join us on board for our farewell DISCO INFERNO TEA DANCE – slip into your spandex and strap on your stilettos as we shimmy along the Frankfurt shoreline. After our farewell dinner we will head into one of Frankfurt’s gay clubs for our last dance!
Day 8 - Saturday, August 10, 2019
Nuremberg, Germany / Disembarkation
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end! Please enjoy the ship this morning but cabins must be vacated by 8:30am and we must disembark in Frankfurt by 12pm. Why not continue the party and join us for our 4 day extension to Berlin.
* We will provide information on how and when to buy Dance Party tickets closer to the date.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many people will be on the cruise?
There will be a maximum of 120 passengers. We expect to have guests from around the world with the bulk coming from Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada.
Are gratuities and port taxes included in the price?
Yes all gratuities for onboard and shore excursions are included in the published price. Port taxes of USD $190 per person are not included and will be added to your final payment instalment.
Are tickets to the FUNHOUSE and RAPIDO parties in Amsterdam included?
No. Firstly they haven’t come on sale yet and secondly we know that some of our guests wont be interested in the mega dance parties so we will leave that decision up to you. We have arranged activities both evenings for those of you who choose not to go. For those of you wanting to attend we will advise you when tickets go on sale and how to book them closer to the time.
Is there a dress code onboard the ship?
Come as you are – as long as you are dressed! The restaurant and inside bar have a “no shirt, no shoes, no service” rule however at the upper deck “Ice Bar” please feel free to work on your tans! There may not be a swimming pool but there is no reason you can’t work on those tan lines. For dinners we would suggest smart casual and we strongly suggest you to dress up for our theme parties.
Are transfers included?
Pre-booked group transfers are always unreliable due to potential aircraft delays. The easiest way to reach the ship or your Amsterdam hotel is via a taxi. A taxi from Schipol Airport to central Amsterdam will cost €39 – it’s a set rate. Alternatively you can catch a train from the airport to central station for €5.40pp. We will organise a coach transfer to Frankfurt Airport for those of you coming to Berlin for our post cruise extention.
Is WiFi included?
Yes, wifi is included onboard the ship for the duration of the cruise. Uniworld also offer personal hotspots for rent during the cruise which can be used onboard and on shore ensuring you are permanently connected. The rental price is 8 euros per day. Alternatively pick up a SIM card when you are in Amsterdam that has a good amount of data as you will also be able to use this in Germany as well (double check with the provider).
What storage is there in the cablins?
They have been cleverly designed to maximise the space they have! You will be able to slide two suitcases underneath the beds as well as your hand luggage. We strongly suggest no more than one suitcase per person. There are two wardrobes for you to hang your costumes for the parties in and there are cupboards with shelves above both sides of the beds for you to store some essential daily items. In the French Balcony and Studio cabins there is also a small table and chair. The suites have an additional small sitting area. All rooms are also fitted with a safe so you can lock up your diamonds.
Is there a gym onboard?
Yes, there certainly is! We have one of the largest gyms on the River! You’ll find free weights, aerobic machines, TRX bands. Our on board wellness coach will also be holding morning Yoga classes on the upper deck as well as leading our bike rides along the Rhine.
Are you organising a pre-cruise hotel?
Yes, definitely! We are currently in negotiations with a beautiful centrally located hotel in Amsterdam. We will notify everyone when this has been contracted. We recommend arriving in Amsterdam one or two days before the cruise departs - that way you can fully enjoy the Pride celebrations (and get over the jet lag). We will organise a coach from the hotel to the ship on the morning of embarkation. Then you can go and enjoy the parade and make your way back to the ship at your leisure.
We are also organising a 3 night/4 day extension to Berlin after the cruise finishes. More details to come soon!
Can guests bring visitors onboard the ship?
No, only registered guests will be able to board the ship. Guests will be required to scan their room card when they board and no one without a room card will be allowed to board.