Oberammergau’s Rare and Historic ‘Passion Play’ Set to Highlight 2020 Crystal River Cruises
It only happens every 10 years, a stunning tradition that was borne of desperation and faith and continues as a beautiful tribute to a promise. The Oberammergau Passion Play. This decennial event began in 1634 in the midst of the Black Plague tragedy that beset Europe. In a distressed plea to God, the villagers of Oberammergau, Germany made a promise that they would perform the “Passion of Christ,” reenacting the final stage of Jesus’ life every 10 years indefinitely if their community would be saved from further death. Amazingly, the town was spared, and the tradition of the epic performance has continued every decade since the 17th century, only ever pausing when compelled by World Wars.
The residents of the region continue to hold up their end of the bargain, Crystal guests are invited to witness this incredible spectacle of profound history taking place in 2020. Select Crystal River voyages aboard Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel offer an exclusive – meaning extremely limited availability – 3-day pre- or post-cruise package that takes guests to Munich and Oberammergau for this amazing event.
The five-hour performance takes place in an open-air amphitheater in Oberammergau, set against the beautiful Bavarian backdrop and highlighted with spectacular music and costumes. It is performed in German, with English language guidebooks provided to guests. During the play, a three-hour dinner intermission will be coordinated by the Oberammergau organization, further immersing guests into the authenticity of the occasion.
In addition to the transportation back in time, guests can also explore the delights of Munich, touring the city’s highlights and enjoying five-star accommodations.
This epic opportunity blends the legacy of one of the most significant traditions in Europe with one of its darkest hours, and then enhances the experience with the luxurious details of a Crystal vacation. It’s moving, powerful and fascinating from both a historical and theatrical perspective, and it’s not to be missed. There won’t be another chance for 10 years…
Passion Play Packages in 2020, on June 21, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 11, August 18 and August 25 Crystal River Cruises.