Christmas Cruise Basics
Christmas cruises swap stress for relaxation and you'll wake up on Christmas morning feeling as excited as you did when you were a kid. Holiday cruises can be taken through Christmas day, or slightly before if you want to stock up on gifts on one of the many Christmas markets cruises. Book early as Christmas cruises are a popular getaway to warmer environs or a winter wonderland. Don't rely on a last minute bargain at this time of year. If you have your heart set on a Christmas holiday cruise, plan ahead as you're more likely to get the best value.
Popular Types of Christmas Cruises
Christmas Markets Cruises
A quintessential Christmas experience, Christmas markets cruises visit central Europe's magical Christmas fares. Sip hot mulled wine and eat authentic European cuisine, browse artisan crafted gifts and sample gourmet foods from around the continent. European river cruises are based on the Rhine, Danube, Moselle and Main rivers. They take in many stops in central Europe such as Vienna, Budapest and some of the largest Christmas markets in Nuremberg and Salzburg.
Christmas Cruises in Paradise
Forget peeling potatoes and stuffing a turkey, let someone else do that while you relax by the pool as you sail to the South Pacific, Caribbean or other incredible cruise destinations. Getting away from it all doesn't mean missing out on seasonal festivities as cruise lines put on special shore excursions and onboard social activities and entertainment. Christmas day onboard is a festive and fun affair, often formal dress is required for the lavish Christmas dinner. It's wonderful to have time to get glammed up on Christmas day. And as there are no dishes to wash, why not have another glass of champagne instead?