Cruising through the holidays

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By Jeremy Miville

I’ve written travel posts inspired by movies before, like a post dedicated to John Candy and another about Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. I’ve been motivated once again!

This time around it’s Christmas with the Kranks! Not a timeless classic like It’s a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Carol, but Krank’s asks a fascinating question. Could you skip Christmas for a cruise?

Here are three reasons why you should! (But don’t tell my mother I’m thinking about it.)

  1. Christmas Markets

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Starting in late November, river cruise itineraries begin to port in the beautiful holiday markets found in Europe. Sure, it’s not truly skipping Christmas, but more like using it as an excuse to explore favorite harbors like Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Prague, Berlin, Paris or Amsterdam. Just be sure to pack some warm clothes, and find mom the perfect “sorry we skipped your house this year” present!

  1. Festive Feasts and More!

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Cruise lines are often known for their chef’s, and holidays are a time for the culinary teams to shine! Traditional Thanksgiving dinners, latkes during Hanukkah, and of course the baked holiday goods! The holiday magic extends beyond the dinner table. In the past, Princess Cruises brought flurries to their promenade, and Castaway Cay transformed their tram into a sleigh. Of course, the highlight of the whole experience just may be the parties thrown to ring in the New Year!

  1. You’re on the “Nice” list… Treat Yourself!

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The holidays see an uptick in booking and flight costs, but you’ve been good all year! Treat yourself and the family to unique and memorable holiday. Upgrade to the balcony room; it will give you extra space inside for your decorations, tree, and gifts! Grab a festive boat drink, watch a holiday performance in the ship’s theater, and end the night singing carols as you pick out your bathing suit for the dolphin swim excursion you have planned in the morning.

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