Christmas Cruising 101

Cruising at Christmas is a very different experience from the typical week-long Caribbean cruise—just ask our travel counsellors.  “The cruise lines—and the onboard staff—really get into the spirit in a way that goes far beyond the traditional Christmas tree and visits from Santa,” says Jane Hunt, Maritime Travel counsellor, Clayton Park, Halifax, NS. “Instead of shoveling snow and spending backbreaking hours in the kitchen, you could be enjoying wonderful multi-course holiday meals prepared by professional chefs and celebrating the season on a warm-weather getaway.”

While there are some last-minute holiday specials, Jane recommends planning your festive getaway at least nine months out, when you’ll have the most choice in terms of itinerary, ship and airfares to departure ports. Check out our own Recommended Cruising Guide for ideas and then touch base with your favorite Maritime Travel counsellor who can help with choosing the right cruise for your gang and everything else you need to know about spending the holidays at sea. In the meantime, here are just two Christmas itineraries recommended by our counsellors.

Holiday Cruise: 4-Night Very Merrytime Bahamian Cruise with Disney
Recommended for you by Tara Clancey, Joe Howe Drive, Halifax, NS

“Treating families to a good time is what Disney does best and this is never more true than during the Holidays. There’s so much entertainment for both the young and the young-at-heart that you simply can’t go wrong. The service is outstanding, the festive activities are fun and innovative and the restaurants are an experience in themselves!”

Ask Tara 



Holiday Cruise: 7-night Southern Caribbean with Royal Caribbean
Recommended for you by Jane Hunt, Clayton Park, Halifax, NS

“Royal Caribbean is my all-time favorite for family focused cruise getaways. The entertainment is incredible and the dining is flexible and innovative. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Holidays than a wonderful family cruise in December, complete with all those traditional Christmas festivities and amazing food.”

Ask Jane