Christmas and New Year cruises are the ideal way to take the hassle out of the festive season. You can simply pack a bag, or two, and wave goodbye to the cooking, the stress of arranging the big day, the kids fighting over their toys, and of course, the typical British weather. What could be more perfect?
In our blog today I wanted to highlight 5 reasons why taking a cruise this Christmas is something you REALLY should consider.
1: The world is your oyster
With so many festive voyages available, the world really is your oyster. If you would prefer to spend your Christmas in the Caribbean, then to the Caribbean you shall go. If the Far East is more your calling then why not look at a voyage that spends New Year in Hong Kong, or if you prefer something a little more traditional then try an itinerary that uncovers the festive markets in Northern Europe.
Thanks to the growing numbers of people opting to leave home behind and celebrate at sea, the cruise options available now for Christmas and New Year are better than they have ever been.
2: No cooking
For many people, the thought of being able to celebrate Christmas and avoid going anywhere near an oven is the kind of thing that only dreams are made of, but if you choose to cruise this Christmas then the only thing you will be doing for dinner is eating it. A festive feast is prepared by the brigade of chefs onboard and is served to your table. There are usually a wide selection of sweet treats to follow, including traditional bites like Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies.
3: A change in the weather – depending on where you go, of course!
If you decide that sunshine and white sandy beaches are where you would prefer to spend your Christmas then make sure you pack your shorts and sun cream. Escaping the cold and damp of the U.K. winter is one of the biggest reasons people decide to head for destinations such as the Caribbean, but not everyone leaves the U.K. shores for the promise of sun. Many people simply want to just enjoy celebrating somewhere new. River cruises are very popular for those that want to spend the holidays exploring places like Germany, Holland and Austria, these voyages also come with the added bonus of superb Christmas markets and as they are entirely river based, you are certain to pass some rather wonderful and elaborate decorations along the banks.
4: Child-free options
If you would prefer to enjoy your Christmas cruise without the children or grand-children then there are also a wide variety of itinerary options that are just for adults. You can still enjoy the festivities, food and fun with your fellow passengers, but you can rest assured that there will most certainly not be any over excited children riding their scooter down the deck at 5am.
5: Celebrate with new friends and experience different cultures
One of the best reasons for taking a Christmas cruise is the chance to experience what the celebrations are like in other countries. I have been on several cruises in the month of December and I always enjoy seeing the traditional, and not so traditional decorations. It’s also incredibly interesting (depending on your itinerary) to visit a country that celebrates and then the next day to arrive in a country where Christmas is non-existent.
Christmas Cruises 2015
Holiday Panama Canal aboard Seabourn Odyssey *PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT*
This 20-day voyage departs on December 15, 2015, from Fort Lauderdale. Ports of call include: Cartagena, Puntarenas, Huatulco, Manzanillio and Cabo San Lucas.
The Great Austral Loop aboard L’Austral *ANTARCTICA EXPEDITION*
This 14-night sailing departs on December 15, 2015 from Buenos Aires. Ports of call include: Fortuna Bay, Gold Harbour, Brown Bluff and Deception Island.
Singapore round-trip aboard Silver Shadow *EXCLUSIVE PACKAGE*
This 21-day voyage departs December 17, 2015, from Singapore. Package includes a 15-night cruise and 3-nights pre-cruise in Singapore. Ports of call include: Kuala Lumpur, Phuket, Yangon, Port Blair, Langkawi and Malacca.
Brazilian Holiday aboard Crystal Symphony *EXCLUSIVE PACKAGE*
This 19-night voyage departs December 18, 2015, from San Juan. Package includes a 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in San Juan & 2-day tour to Iguaca Falls. Ports of call include: Devil’s Island, Natal, Rio de Janeiro and Buzios.
Christmas Time Cruise aboard AmaDolce *RIVER CRUISE*
This 7-night voyage departs December 19, 2015, from Nuremberg. Ports of call include: Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest.
Cape Town round-trip aboard EUROPA 2 *SAFARI CRUISE*
This 17-night voyage departs December 19, 2015, from Cape Town. Ports of call include: Luderitz, Walvis Bay, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.
Memphis to New Orleans aboard American Queen *MISSISSIPPI RIVER CRUISE*
This 8-night voyage departs on December 19, 2015, from Memphis. Ports of call include: Natchez, Baton Rouge, Plantation Road and New Orleans.
If you would look to book any of the voyages featured in our blog today then please give one of our Cruise Experts a call on 0800 008 6677. You can also view our entire collection of Christmas and New Year 2015 voyages by clicking here.