Cruise to a Holiday Getaway
Cruising is always a special occasion, and never more so than during the holiday season. Ships that are already festive become more so, draped with lights and decorated with beloved symbols of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and the New Year. The ships fill with the sound of holiday music and the mouth-watering smell of traditional foods as guests enjoy the ease of celebrating on a cruise ship, where entertainment is always available and the work of menu-planning, cooking and dish-washing happens behind the scenes.
Many cruise ships observe Thanksgiving with a sumptuous meal; Hanukkah with menorah lightings and traditional foods; Christmas with caroling, visits from Santa and holiday-themed shows; and New Year’s Eve with party favors, champagne toasts and a countdown to midnight. Your ship may also offer special activities for kids and families, football games on big-screen TVs or religious services. Holiday festivities and observations vary by cruise line and by ship: talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert about the type of celebration you’re looking for. Here are other some things to consider as you plan your holiday cruise:
Think about who to bring with you. You may relish a holiday cruise as a chance to get away on your own or to spend quality time with a friend or partner. But if you will miss seeing your extended family during the holidays, ask some of them to sail along with you.
Where would you like to spend the holiday or two that will occur during your sailing – at sea or in port? Keep your answer in mind when you select your destination and itinerary. In many parts of the world, the only thing open on Christmas day is the local church. Some Caribbean islands with ties to Great Britain also celebrate Boxing Day on the day after Christmas, meaning many shops and attractions will remain closed.
Finally, book your cruise as soon as you can. The holidays are a high-demand time for cruising, and fares – as well as airfare to and from the embarkation port – can rise accordingly.
Once your cruise is booked, dig out your holiday finery and start packing! Here's more information about holiday cruising.