Unwrap the joy of a Holiday at sea.
A holiday cruise is the truly memorable and stress-free way to break from tradition. Celebrate comfort and joy this holiday season without all the hustle and bustle. Spend Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year's on a Holiday cruise in 2006, while letting the cruise line take care of the cooking, cleaning and festive decorating.
Spend Halloween haunting one of the world's coolest cruise ships. Count your Thanksgiving blessings over a moveable feast prepared at sea. Leave the dashing through the snow – and the mall – to the landlubbers and celebrate Christmas afloat instead. And there's simply no better place to make merry when the clock strikes midnight than aboard a New Year's sailing.
For Christmas cruises a holiday mood is set the minute guests step on board, as most ships' atrium and promenade areas are adorned with colorful Christmas trees, garland, wreaths and mistletoe, along with signage proclaiming traditional holiday greetings. One of the great aspects of spending the holidays at sea is the bountiful array of delicious food - and no cooking! Holiday menus include the traditional oven roasted turkey with all the trimmings and freshly baked pecan pie, among many other selections
Holiday Cruises On-board Special Celebrations
Carnival: Carnival dresses up its ships for the holidays and offers caroling; visits from Santa; special menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's; and a New Year's Eve party. Holiday music will be featured on the ship’s in-stateroom music system and guests and crew will go caroling throughout the ships. Holiday movies such as “The Polar Express” will be shown on in-stateroom televisions and storytelling sessions will be held featuring holiday stories such as “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
Holland America: Holland America offers seven- to 16-day holiday cruises in the Caribbean. The best fares are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis when you book early. Ships will be decorated for the occasion and onboard events include holiday movie screenings, traditional dinner selections, visits from Santa, themed activities and crafts under the Club HAL children’s program, performances by carolers, tree-lighting ceremonies, a Christmas show by the crew and a New Year’s Eve gala. You can even order a miniature tree for your stateroom.
Costa Cruise Lines: Costa ships all celebrate the holidays "Italian style." Children participate by making ornaments for live Christmas trees and receive gifts during a visit from Santa.
Crystal Cruises: Crystal Cruises offers two 14-day holiday cruises at discounted prices with advance booking fares. It too, decorates its ships; provides special holiday menus; and celebrates both Christmas and the New Year with parties and champagne, and of course, noisemakers on New Year's.
Disney Cruise Line: Disney favorites dress in seasonal clothes and greet you in the passenger terminal. Children also can decorate gingerbread houses with their parents and hear Mrs. Claus read The Night Before Christmas. The highlight, however, is the three-deck tree lighting ceremony where "magic" snow falls, creating a winter scene amid the tropics. Disney's Christmas sailings are extremely popular, so book early for this cruise.
Norwegian Cruise Line: NCL's holiday sailings feature traditional foods, gifts for kids and halls decked with boughs of holly. This season, NCL will transport Santa and his elves on a number of vessels to help deliver gifts to hundreds of poor children in the Caribbean. Back onboard, the fleet will host high energy New Year's Eve parties with a Big Band, Rock & Roll or Caribbean theme.
Princess Cruises: Princess Cruises can take you anywhere from Australia to Antarctica this year. No matter where the line's ships will be sailing, however, they will be decked out in holiday décor, complete with Christmas trees on the ships' masts.
Royal Caribbean: On Christmas Eve, the captain of Royal Caribbean is interviewed on television about whether he thinks Santa will find the ship in order to deliver gifts to youngsters. Then, at midnight, mass will be celebrated. On Christmas Day, the ship puts on a holiday stage show, a display of gingerbread houses, a parade of Santa and his elves, and Christmas cookie decorating.