While exploring the amazing Christmas markets of Europe is out of the question this December due to the pandemic, 2021 promises the ultimate do-over. The luxury river cruise company Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering “Christmas in July” cruises along the Danube River, which is exactly what it sounds like.

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Passengers will be able to celebrate Christmas a bit late, but with all the necessary trappings of the holiday season. There will be Christmas markets onboard featuring local products, holiday decor, and classic Christmas activities like making gingerbread, holiday cocktails, and tree ornaments. Holiday movies will play at the onboard cinema, and you can even take advantage of a Christmas photo session with Santa. The kitchen staff will serve up “winterized” holiday food and drinks, including frozen hot chocolate, chilled eggnog, and spiced mulled wine.

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The “Christmas in July” seven-day cruises will take place aboard the S.S. Maria Theresa and depart on July 11 and July 18, 2021, stopping in Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Passau, and other cities along the way.

If you book by January 8, you’ll save $500 per person — so it’s never too early to start planning for a late Christmas.