Start a new tradition this season. Enjoy Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and/or New Year’s Eve on a holiday cruise for a festive hassle-free vacation with none of the fuss and all of the fun. Hoopla awaits you, including special dinners, beautiful décor, extraordinary ceremonies, themed shows and games, carol sing-alongs and much more.
Merriment abounds for everyone where everything you love about the magical season can be yours. Spend quality time with friends and family as you are pampered from the moment you step onboard. With so many activities and amenities for all age groups, holiday cruises are ideal for a multi-generational vacation. Share in the holiday spirit on cruise ships beautifully festooned with trees, garlands, wreaths, ornaments, gingerbread, poinsettias and twinkling lights. Holiday-themed meals and parties add to the jovial atmosphere.
These joyful holiday cruise sailings visit a variety of worldwide destinations ranging from sunny climates to exotic regions and points in between. Celebrate your way through the Caribbean, storied European Christmas markets and many more delightful destinations with special shows, parties, kids’ crafts, music and much more, with offerings varying by cruise line. Below, are some of the exciting features that may be on your itinerary.
Kicking off the holiday season, a Thanksgiving cruise offers classic favorites with a little extra thrown in. The elegant main dining room with its fall décor of pumpkins and leaves is the perfect setting for a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, such as homemade mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and melt-in-your mouth desserts. Fun additions may include pumpkin-pie cocktails and watching post-dinner NFL games on a jumbo screen or in a sports bar. Enjoy a Thanksgiving Day parade on some ships that will delight the kids, as well as a scavenger hunt with a holiday theme for the teens.
Magically transformed, many ships are decked-out to the hilt providing a delightful ambiance of holiday cheer for an unforgettable Christmas. Guests may enjoy a host of unique delights, such as snowfall in the atrium creating a magical moment. Enjoy choir performances, carolers and a tree-lighting ceremony, special holiday-themed afternoon teas and brunches. Highlighting the experience for children is when Santa arrives to hand out gifts. Elegant Christmas Balls provide an enchanted evening. A Christmas Mass may be offered as well as interdenominational services.
Celebrate the Festival of Lights by lighting a Hanukkah menorah each of the eight nights. A rabbi or other congregant may also be available to lead prayers. Enjoy traditional potato pancakes and jelly donuts. Guests may have the opportunity to gather around the menorah to recite the bread and wine blessings and sing holiday songs.
New Year’s Eve
Ring in New Year’s Eve on a fabulous cruise ship and you will be spoiled forever. Revelers may participate in low-key dinners and glamorous celebrations. Start the year in high-style and enjoy the party without having to drive or go somewhere crowded. Simply sit back and let everything be done for you. Delightful experiences include faux snowfalls in the atrium and a balloon drop to mark the New Year. Feel the excitement build as a ship wide countdown to midnight begins at 11:30 PM and share a champagne toast when the clock strikes 12. Special dinners may be planned with complimentary champagne flowing, as well as caviar and other delights. Some cruise lines feature formal New Year’s Balls.
Enjoy everything you love about the holiday season on a carefree cruise. Forget cooking and cleaning as you share priceless quality time and holiday cheer with those you hold dear. Sip your hot chocolate, eggnog and champagne on your private verandah, now this is the way to spend the holidays.