Whether you are looking to book a super last minute cruise holiday for this Christmas or are planning ahead for the 2015 festivities, most of the major cruise lines offer a little extra season cheer over the holidays. Here we have a look into what to expect if you’re planning on spending Christmas on the seas with any of the major cruise lines.
Family-centric Royal Caribbean understands the need to provide entertainment for all ages over the Christmas period, making it extra special for the youngest members of the family. The cruise line hosts on board cookie decorating and a parade featuring Santa and his elves. The line also offers ice skating and plays Christmas classics on the big screens of the on-ship cinemas.
P&O go a little further with their festivities with Santa wishing passengers a Bon Voyage as the ship sets sail. The cruise line organises port bands to play traditional Christmas songs for guests as they depart for the seas. All the public rooms are decorated to an incredibly high standard with traditional festive décor throughout.
Santa also pays a visit on Christmas day as the ship plays host to church services and large festive feast. Carol services and nativity plays are also provided by the crew.
Understanding that the highlight of Christmas day for many people is a large mouth-watering dinner – Carnival Cruises pay great attention to delivering a fantastic a la carte selection. From huge, succulent turkeys to extensive vegetarian options – Carnival Cruises takes care of everyone and everything (including the washing up – a reason in itself to holiday over the festive period).
Carnival Cruises’ fleet also gives passengers the opportunity to play Christmas tunes in their cabins throughout the festive period.
All children aged 3-17 aboard Celebrity Cruises will receive a special gift from Santa himself. Recognising the importance of Christmas to children, much of the festive cheer is directed towards younger guests with additional features including face painting, cookie decorating and special Christmas parties.
Turning their ships into fantastic winter wonderlands, Princess Cruises have invested in large snow machines to coat their fleet’s atriums in a layer of peaceful white snow.
Alongside the Christmas buffet offerings aboard the Azamara Cruises fleet, guests can enjoy seasonal cooking demonstrations including tutorials about how to master sugar decorations and marzipan models.
Unsurprisingly, Disney makes a big deal out of the Christmas period, making sure children’s holidays are even more special and spectacular. The fleet hosts a wide range of festive shows for children of all ages including all their favourite Disney characters.
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