Is a Holiday Cruise a Good idea? With proper planning – a Holiday cruise for the whole family can be a great way to combine gift giving, family time together and stress free travel for an unforgettable Christmas or Hanukkah vacation that will create memories for a lifetime.
After working several Christmas & New Year holidays on-board ship as Ast. Cruise Director, I can say that the holidays were a very festive and fun time to be on-board. There was a different energy amongst the officers, crew and passengers at this time of year that started when the trees were trimmed and the ships were decorated.
What to Expect
Will it feel like Christmas? There is plenty of “Christmas” decorations, music and menus on-board, but not exclusively. Most ships represent the 3 major winter holidays in their programming: Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza.
Are there religious services? Most cruise lines offer religious services for both Jewish and Christian passengers during the holidays.
Are the ships over-run with children? Since it is school holidays, there will be many children on-board. If you are traveling without children and want more of an adult cruise, try a premium line like Princess Cruises, Holland America, or Celebrity Cruises or a luxury cruise lines like Crystal, Seabourn or Regent Seven Seas.
If you are traveling with grandchildren, choose a ship like Disney Cruise Line that knows how to take care of children well and has plenty of adult-only pools and entertainment areas. Plan early since Disney Holiday cruises sell out fast!
Top Planning Tips for a Holiday Cruise
- Book early, especially if you want family suites or staterooms that can accommodate 4-5 people, as they tend to fill fast.
- Use a Travel Agent. Especially at this time of year, don’t take a chance with your Holidays… engage the expertise of a cruise specialist that knows the pros and cons of each cruise line and individual ships.
- Buy Trip Insurance that covers travel delays and other trip interruptions for peace of mind -especially at this time of year when travel is heavy and weather can be a problem causing delays in reaching your ship.
- Arrive a day early and add at least one night in a Hotel, so that you and your luggage arrive in plenty of time to board your ship. You don’t want to spend your Christmas vacation wearing the same clothes you flew in!
Holiday Cruises are still available for 2014
Gift the ultimate holiday gift…. a Caribbean cruise for the whole family! Here is a sample of 2014 December cruises that still have availability.
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