Types of Cruises - Christmas Cruises
CRUISES FOR CHRISTMAS
The perfect excuse to leave the traditional family feuding behind!
But that’s not really the case for most Christmas cruisers. In fact, a Christmas cruise is the ideal family vacation. The stress of holiday preparations is eliminated, you get away from the cold weather, on board activities cater to all generations from the children to Grandpa, there is space to get away for quiet time, and space and time to enjoy quality moments with everyone.
Christmas cruises appeal for a wide range of reasons – the most cynical of which is that many people can’t wait to get away for the holidays.
A Christmas cruise, of course, has to be selected with the same criteria in mind as for any other types of cruises. Budget, destination area and types of cruise ship. Some may prefer a traditional-style Christmas cruise up to where Father Christmas really lives, others a “fun-for-all” jaunt in the sunny waters of the Caribbean.
Because so many vacationers are seeking the sun, the Caribbean is the most popular Christmas destination. But don’t rule out the sunny Mediterranean or even leisurely river cruises through the heart of Europe with famous Christmas markets where many of the most enduring traditions of the holiday had their start.
Most Christmas cruise ships are decorated for the season, and all offer special programs celebrating the holiday, from religious services and traditional feasts, to themed entertainment and activities that are a far cry from charades in your crowded den back home. The festive atmosphere adds to the jolly holiday spirit. Cruise lines do their utmost to make the experience enjoyable. There are decorations, holiday parties, and visit from Santa. Whimsical gingerbread cottages and festive cookies often adorn lounges.
The majority of Christmas cruises sell out fairly quickly, so booking early is recommended, particularly as flights and transport to the departure ports are more difficult at that time of year.
Photo courtesy Crystal Cruises