After months of socially distancing last year, this year it’s time to reunite with loved ones. The special seasonal touches and festive atmosphere of holiday cruise itineraries provide the perfect backdrop for bringing the family together once again. What better way to reconnect than through the sharing of seasonal cheer on a holiday sailing?
How do the cruise lines spread holiday magic?
Through decorations: Colorful decorations will wow passengers when first stepping on board but when in other parts of the world, you may see them too! Lavish Christmas trees, evergreen garlands, poinsettias, twinkling lights, menorahs, and blue, white, and silver flower arrangements adorn the ships.
Through entertainment: Special holiday programs abound, so be sure to scan each day’s itinerary so you don’t miss out on the fun! Some of the activities you’ll see on cruise ships include gingerbread house building, cookie decorating, tree lighting ceremonies, visits with Santa Claus, sing-alongs, and special stage productions. The movie theaters showcase classic Christmas films, and children can gather for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa storytimes.
Through food: During the holiday cruise season, the chefs take meals to the next level by preparing a bevy of incredible foods. Offerings might include turkey or roast goose with all the trimmings, large Italian feasts, Caribbean specialties, Yule log, panettone, and platters of cookies. Traditional Hannukah foods like latkes, matzo ball soup, and pre-arranged Kosher meals are offered too.
Through destinations: While you might prefer fleeing the cold and snow for the sunny Caribbean, river cruising through Europe to visit the Christmas markets is a magical bucket-list trip for many. Early planning is essential for securing a stateroom on these popular itineraries. Still prefer the sand and surf? Disney’s Castaway Cay touts artificial snow, island Christmas music, and character meet-and-greets to bring some playfulness to your day.
Through faith: Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish services are held for passengers, and a Rabbi lights the menorah each day of Hannukah.
Are you ready for your biggest and best family holiday yet? Let’s capture the spirit of the season, the joy of togetherness, and the wonder of holiday magic by planning your family’s holiday cruise.