For many people, the holiday season conjures up classic images of home festivities. Roaring fires, the smell of the Christmas tree, and the delicious smells of freshly baked cookies wafting out of the kitchen are all inextricably interlinked with the season.
But there are plenty of others for whom December, Christmas, and the holiday season more generally is the perfect time to travel. The opportunity to get away from cold weather and dark afternoons and get a little winter sun, or explore some of the most extravagantly beautiful places on the planet, is one that is extremely tempting. Equally exciting is the chance to see how other countries, cultures, and communities celebrate the festive season, and learn a few new traditions.
One of the most appealing ways to travel during the holiday season is on a cruise. Whether you’ve planned your cruise adventure months in advance or you want to book a last-minute offer and spend Christmas on the beach, a holiday cruise is a delight.
So if you want to get away from defrosting the turkey and tidying up after family members, here are a few things you can look forward to when spending the holidays on a cruise.
A festive cruise is a glitzy, sparkly, celebratory affair, with all the usual festivities of the holiday season taken to the next level. From boats decked out in lights and Christmas decorations to themed menus and seasonal entertainment, the festive atmosphere of a Christmas cruise is a delightful experience. Santa and his elves tend to make an appearance, and from the moment you step aboard to the moment you disembark your time will be filled with seasonal goodwill and cheer. And best of all, all the planning and organization are taken care of for you, so you can relax and enjoy the festivities without having to do any of the work!
Cruises are renowned for their fantastic entertainment all year round, but they really take things to the next level over the holiday period. From carol singers and Christmas-themed performances to celebrity entertainers, a Christmas cruise guarantees amazing festive performances and seasonal entertainment, on top of the regularly available options.
Of course, part of the charm of going on a cruise over the holidays is doing something different and spending Christmas in unusual places having alternative experiences. Cruises are well-known for their abundance of activities and experiences, and the holiday season is no exception. Sunbathe on a paradise beach, snorkel vibrantly-colored coral reefs, go kayaking at sunset, or hike through the jungle – the choice is yours!
One of the best parts of Christmas is the food and a holiday cruise lets you really go to town on seasonal dining. Cruise ships these days are blessed with some of the best chefs and restaurants in the world and they pull out all the stops to provide amazing festive menus and seasonal specialties. The only problem will be choosing between the array of mouthwatering options!