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You can now meet Mary Berry on a festive cruise around Europe this December

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As the fiery autumnal leaves fall to the ground and the wind grows colder, there is a mixture of excitement and apprehension in the air.

To some, the Christmas period waltzes into our lives accompanied by our favourite festive tunes, sparkling fairy lights, and the ever-present, comforting smell of home-cooked food. To others, the stress of hosting family members and the icy temperatures can undermine the magic of winter.

As the Christmas period rushes towards us and the world dissolves into festive chaos, some of us may already be planning our escapes. Luckily, Planet Cruise offers the perfect seasonal getaway. Before you stress about cooking for your entire extended family, you may want to consider their festive cruises where you can meander through the Christmas markets of Cologne, explore the streets of Vienna, and dine in front of 24/7 waterfront views. And, if you are missing the homely smell of your grandparents’ ancestral recipes, hop aboard a boat with the nation’s favourite grandma… Mary Berry.

Credit: Planet Cruise

Kick off December in the right way on the first of the month by hopping onto a plane to Nuremberg where you can board Emerald Destiny for a seven-night trip across Europe. The Great British Bake Off's baking goddess and national treasure Mary Berry will join the cruise to host a special afternoon tea, followed by an exclusive Q&A session and a gala dinner.

The boat stops off at some of Europe’s fairytale destinations including Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest. The package includes opportunities for guests to take guided tours, enjoy an all-inclusive meal package, as well as frequent evening entertainment. Find out more about the trip here.

If you're looking for a shorter cruise, Planet Cruise's four-day cruise providing a whistle-stop tour of some of Germany’s most extravagant and magical Christmas markets may be the one for you. Not only does this trip include visits to the enchanting Rhine and Yuletide Christmas markets but guests can also attend guided city tours around Koblenz, Bonn, and Cologne, as well as having the chance to explore the wine region of Rudesheim.

Credit: Planet Cruise

Alternatively, a seven-night journey down the Danube river is the epitome of festive luxury. Guests onboard the boat can expect to enjoy butler services, lavish dining, and city sights. The stop-offs include Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Melk, Durnstein, and Vienna, as well as overnight on-board in Nuremberg and Budapest.

However you choose to spend your Christmas day, dining with Mary Berry onboard the Emerald Destiny is certainly a unique anecdote to tell around the Christmas table.

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