5 Christmas Cruises to Bring Back the Holiday Spirit
You can admit it…while seeing the joy on your kids’ faces on Christmas morning never gets old, maybe the rest of the holiday celebration isn’t quite as exciting as when you were their age.
But what if this year, you had an opportunity to shake things up a bit for your Christmas celebration? What if you still could experience that child-like wonder you remember the holidays giving you growing up?
You’re in luck, because cruise lines everywhere have been working to create holiday cruises that bring the magic for every type of family. The key is choosing the right cruise for your interests.
Choose a truly unique cruise experience that could have you going from a warm beach to enjoying a world-class ballet performance in the same week.
Or perhaps you’d rather enjoy authentic cuisine cooking lessons. More of an adventurer? A riverboat on the Amazon may be the route you take.
We’ve made the search a little easier by curating the 5 best holiday cruises for every taste.
The Romantic Getaway: 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Holiday Cruise
With a luxurious ship, plenty of sunny port stop adventures, and a top-notch ballet performance, you and your honey are bound to have a great time on a 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Holiday Cruise onboard a Celebrity Equinox cruise ship.
The cruise begins in Ft. Lauderdale Florida, home of the Everglades. Enjoy some shopping at the port as you prepare to embark on your Caribbean journey and indulge in a celebratory lobster dinner while you’re at it.
From there, you’ll spend the week journeying through the Caribbean. You’ll be stopping for tours, cuisine and more at places like Puerto Rico, St. Thomas Islands and the Bahamas.
Although this is a tropical cruise, you’ll still have the opportunity to get into the holiday spirit. Be sure to attend a one-of-a-kind performance of songs from the Nutcracker by American Ballet Theatre dancers Devon Teuscher and Cory Stearns.
For the Whole Family: Tauck’s Holiday Magic
Live a holiday right out of a storybook with the Tauck’s Holiday Magic cruise. Recommended by The Today Show for families with kids age 8-15 years old, this cruise is bound to create memories for all of you.
This 8 day cruise will take you to Budapest, Vienna, Dürnstein, Wachau Valley and Salzburg.
Along the way, you’ll be visiting a 700-year-old Christmas market. This is the epitome of holiday shopping, as you’ll be able to find unique hand-made treasures while you snack on warm, comforting holiday snacks.
The fun doesn’t stop there, as you’ll also learn how to bake gingerbread cookies from a German family who has done it for generations, and waltzing lessons at a palace in Vienna.
Enjoy a cruise that allows you to live in the moment and be reminded of all the magic of family.
The Solo Adventurer: Amazon Riverboat Adventure
Single people don’t have to miss out on the cruise fun. In fact, there are entire cruises dedicated to solo travelers!
The Single Traveler International Amazon Riverboat Adventure begins a few days after Christmas, so you can sneak in some family and friend time before you take off on your grand journey down the one and only Amazon River.
Bring clothes suitable for a variety of activities, as you’ll be doing everything from celebrating New Years’ Eve in Ecuador to exploring rainforest ecosystems.
The key is in the balance, as while you’ll be trekking on adventures that make you feel like Indiana Jones, you’ll always be returning to all the comforts of a “5-star boutique river hotel.”
For the Love of Luxury: Christmas in the Mediterranean
If you’re looking to enjoy Christmas unwinding in the lap of luxury, you might want to consider the all-inclusive Viking Cruise Line’s Christmas in the Mediterranean cruise.
Indulge in meals from several top-notch restaurants with an array of delectable options. And if you want to get a bit more hands on, sign up for “The Kitchen Table” option, where you’ll be able to follow around the ship’s top culinary chef and enjoy exclusive samplings and wine tastings.
In addition to an all-access pass to delicious food, you’ll be able to pop in for a spa treatment at their top quality onboard spa.
The icing on the cake? A stay in beautiful Venice with your own private veranda.
For the History Buffs: Ancient Kingdoms
Enjoy a world where exploration, education, and luxury meet on the Marella Ancient Kingdoms cruise.
You’ll begin in stunning Cyprus, the very place where the goddess Aphrodite was said to have risen from the sea. There will be plenty to explore and eat right off the bat.
Once you’re aboard the ship, you’ll travel through places that are hard to believe exist, such as the former hangout of Cleopatra in Alayna, Turkey where you can enjoy a beautiful waterfall equipped with a slide.
You’ll even spend time in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Ashdod before landing back in beautiful Cyprus.
Whether you’re looking for a family fun cruise, a place to reconnect with your partner, or a grand adventure on your own, there’s a holiday cruise for you.
The bonus? You won’t even have to deal with the stress of holiday planning! Especial-ly if you leave the dirty work to us.
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