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Christmas Cruising - Life Onboard

13 Dec 2017 | by Helen Williams

Cruising around Christmas time is an idea that many people toy with at some point or other, but there can be all sorts of reasons why they choose not to try it. Often it’s because they – understandably - don’t want to miss out on traditional festive activities, meaning many cruisers miss out on some amazing itineraries without realising that this need not be the case.


In actual fact, throughout December cruise ships can be some of the most festive locations in the world. Most cruise lines go the extra mile to make sure guests are full of Christmas spirit, by offering a beautiful and welcoming setting with almost every Christmassy detail you could think of.

Christmas decorations onboard are a truly enviable spectacle. The main Christmas tree will usually be found in the atrium, adorned with pretty lights and the most opulent of baubles and ornaments, but there will be festive details to be found all over the ship. From garlands in the hallways, to subtle trimmings on the dinner tables, the festive atmosphere can be felt throughout.

And for those who want it, there is always plenty of Christmas-themed entertainment onboard. Christmas carols and contemporary festive classics will be heard in piano lounges, or indeed any of the live music venues. Children and adults can watch their favourite Christmas movies on the big screen in the theatre, or even outside on poolside screens on some of the bigger ships - if it’s warm enough!

Festive activities will also often be held onboard, such as Christmas-themed quizzes, craft workshops, and cookery lessons. These might be designed for adults only, all the family, or even just the kids if there is a kids club on the ship.

Of course, many would say that one of the highlights of Christmas is the food. This is already a significant aspect of cruising, so it should come as no surprise to learn that in December, the sumptuous cuisine is only heightened. Guests can expect the classic turkey with all the trimmings, as well as other choices including vegetarian options. Cunard will also provide Kosher meals, as they acknowledge the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah at this time as well. Find Christmas pudding, mince pies, Yule log, and all your festive favourites on offer – not only at dinner time but also in other cafes and lounges throughout the day.

With food comes drinking, and during the Christmas season there is seemingly no end of Champagne, and classics like mulled wine, egg nog, and mulled cider will often make an appearance. Non-alcoholic Christmas punch will usually be available too.

Other treats might include a choir of carollers greeting you on embarkation day, a traditional Christmas pantomime for all the family to enjoy, and even an appearance from the big man himself in Santa’s grotto.

All these wonderful festive features are usually onboard right through December and into January, meaning that if you don’t fancy being on a cruise on December 25th itself, there are plenty of other dates you can choose from. Whether you’d prefer to visit a wintery, snow-covered destination on a cruise in the Baltics, or a warm and sun-kissed location like the Caribbean, take a look at our cruises in December, and find your holiday of a lifetime.

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