A-ho-ho-hoy! The holiday season is practically here! We’ve gathered our favorite itineraries and activities cruise lines are offering up this merry season.
Grab a cup of cocoa, spark up the fireplace, and dream about Christmas at Sea.
Royal Caribbean plans to host the biggest holiday celebration at sea, featuring Santa’s hardest working elves and other Yuletide favorites. They’re also promising some new holiday festivities right onboard. Of course, their timeless traditions will remain, like a festive tree lighting on every itinerary. Other activities include visits with Santa, Christmas pajama parties, caroling, and an ugly sweater party. Can you picture your family zip lining with an elf on Christmas Eve?
Norwegian Cruise Lines wants to make your season bright, no matter what your season is. They’re offering Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Festivus, Christmas, and New Year themed cruises. Have yourself a merry little getaway with one of their Holiday Bonus Bundles and receive a $100 Free Onboard Spend per stateroom. That’s a nice little holiday present from the cruise line to you!
Holland America is offering wonderful Holiday Cruise itineraries, encouraging you and your loved ones to rejuvenate, reconnect and rejoice as you celebrate your most fabulous holiday ever. Imagine leaving the cooking, cleaning, decorating and hosting out-of-town guests to the cruise staff, while you have the time of your life!
Celebrity is promising everything you love about the holidays with none of the hassles! They’re also in the giving spirit, offering two gifts to you: Choose free drinks, free Internet, and more when you book an ocean view stateroom or higher. It’s all part of their “the world is open for the holidays” sale.
Seabourn is decking the decks of their ultra-luxurious cruise ships, filling their itineraries with feasts and festivities, and not to mention an abundance of good cheer. Seabourn is already home to award-winning cuisine, the finest quality ingredients, and authentic regional flavors prepared by our culinary masterminds, so just imagine what they must do for your holiday main course!
Cunard Cruise is taking to the holidays too, celebrating their ship Queen Victoria and her tenth anniversary of her maiden cruise. You’ll be able to browse atmospheric Christmas markets in medieval Bruges, picturesque Amsterdam and historic Cherbourg; or you can board Queen Elizabeth for a delightfully festive three-night getaway. After a day at sea, you can explore Bruges and its famous Christmas market, filled with traditional gifts, chocolates and the scent of waffles. Wooden chalets surround an ice rink on the cobbles of Grote Market, which will be the perfect backdrop for your next holiday greeting card.
Every Carnival ship is decked out, bow-to-stern, with wreaths, lights, Christmas trees… and ooh, mistletoe! Carnival is also home to Grinchmas! Taking a page from Dr. Seuss’ classic book, The Grinch himself will join you at sea during this merriest time. He’ll make surprise appearances throughout your vacation, so keep your eyes peeled. If you don’t catch him, catch his live holiday show and character breakfast.
A Disney delight, the cruise line turns into a winter wonderland of fun as you share seasonal splendor with loved ones. Discover a jolly fusion of holiday-themed entertainment, activities, and décor—including a giant gingerbread house, a 24-foot-tall Christmas tree, sparkling lights and more.
A special Christmas dinner on board Princess Cruise Lines will feature traditional favorites such as roast turkey or goose, and guests will enjoy a range of seasonal sweet treats such as gingerbread mousse, mincemeat pie, chocolate Yule logs and special Christmas cookies. And to keep younger guests busy, youth counselors provide a wide array of activities including parties, sing-a-longs, and arts and crafts classes, where they can create ornaments to decorate the ship’s Christmas tree. Junior cruisers can also participate in an endearing holiday play, which they perform for guests. On Christmas day, Santa Claus makes a surprise appearance, bringing joy (and gifts) to each child on board.