There are those people who believe that big holidays like Christmas and New Year's are to be spent at home with family and friends.
But there are a growing number of people who prefer to get away from the pressures of these holidays by taking the family on Christmas cruises. Going on a cruise for the Christmas holidays also can be a welcome break from freezing weather and the drudgery of shoveling snow.
Cruising during this time of year is also far from the typical cruise. You can still enjoy traditions like drinking eggnog or singing Christmas carols. You'll just be doing it poolside with a vast ocean in front of you. Most of the cruise lines plan a whole different style of voyage for their Christmas cruises. The ships' officers and entire crew provide a typical Christmas ambience on board from Christmas trees, turkey dinners, and visits from Santa, not to mention spirited New Year's Eve parties with the countdown to midnight.
Most cruise lines not only offer parties and festivities for adults and children alike, but they also provide religious services by ministers, priests, and rabbis. Being on vacation doesn't mean you can't partake in the activities that honor what Christmas is all about.
The itineraries of Christmas cruises are sometimes arranged differently than they would be any other time of year. They do this so that you don't end up in port on Christmas day when everything but the beaches might be closed. Many cruise lines use varying itineraries so that the important holidays like Christmas are spent at sea.
Most of the major cruise lines offers special cruises for Christmas and New Year's.
· Carnival Cruise Lines decorates the ships with wreaths, lights, and trees and provide many shows and activities with holiday themes. The Camp Carnival activities for the kids are centered on Christmas. On New Year's Eve the adults can attend a rousing party complete with hats, noisemakers and champagne.
· Celebrity Cruise Lines also offers all the decorations and holiday activities and each passenger receives a gift.
· Costa Cruises celebrates Christmas Italian style.
· Disney cruise ships are full of holiday decorations and cheer. They turn their Castaway Cay into a snowy winter wonderland, island style.
Other cruise lines that go all out for the Christmas holidays include Crystal, Cunard, Holland America, Norwegian, Oceania, and Princess. You can choose a Christmas cruise that sails to any typical cruise destination and have the opportunity to see how other countries celebrate their holidays. Cruising at Christmas also means you have escaped the normally unavoidable, cooking, cleaning and entertaining relatives!