If the thought of spending the festive season at home this year and sticking to the same sort of routine you follow every single year isn’t sounding so appealing then why not consider booking yourself and your family or friends on a Christmas and new year cruise.
Cruise lines work hard to ensure that the festive spirit is alive and well on their ships throughout the season. Ships will be decorated with sparkling light, Christmas trees and all the festive décor you would expect to see at home although probably on a larger, grander scale!
You could consider getting away from the dreary British winter weather and embarking upon a cruise holiday somewhere sunny and warm such as the Caribbean or Australia. Hawaii is an incredibly popular destination for winter cruises so if your idea of a merry Christmas is sipping a cocktail on a deserted, pure white sandy beach then this could be the type of cruise for you. A world away from a snowy Christmas at home!
The Mediterranean is also a popular destination for Christmas and New Year cruises where passengers can enjoy sightseeing in beautiful ports and cities in Europe when there are far fewer tourists than in the hot summer months. This makes it far easier to maximise your time ashore as you won’t have the problem of waiting on long queues to enter museums and attractions that you might have to during summer.
Christmas market cruises are also a very popular choice with passengers in areas such as the Baltic and particularly Germany. Many sea and river cruise lines offer dedicated Christmas market cruises taking passengers to the twinkling lights of the best Christmas markets around Europe where they can shop for traditional handcrafted gifts for friends and family and enjoy traditional Christmas treats from the different ports of call.
Madeira is an immensely popular island for cruise ships to dock overnight for New Years. There is a stunning glittering fireworks display above the beautiful capital city of the island, Funchal, and the perfect vantage point to enjoy the fireworks lighting up the city is from your cruise ship.
One of the biggest benefits of embarking upon a Christmas and New Year cruise must be the fact that you don’t have to worry about cooking Christmas dinner! Your Christmas dinner on board will be a sumptuous, luxurious affair where your every need will be taken care of. No need to worry about what time to put the turkey in the oven in time to serve up dinner!
You also won’t need to watch the usual predictable Christmas television after dinner as on board your Christmas cruise ship you’ll find first class entertainment all organised for you – all you have to do is enjoy it.