Give the Gift of Cruise: 2021 Holiday Cruises
There’s no place like a cruise ship for the holidays! From November to January, many cruise lines transform their ships into a winter wonderland at sea, complete with festive decorations and holiday-themed activities for Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s. Since we can’t join in on the holly jolly fun this year, we’ve rounded up our picks of holiday cruises to consider for 2021.
7-Night Mexican Riviera (Long Beach Roundtrip) on Carnival Panorama
This 7-night Long Beach roundtrip Carnival Cruise Line sailing on the Carnival Panorama includes stops in beautiful Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlan. You’ll enjoy three at-sea days to enjoy Carnival’s ‘funtastic’ holiday cruise traditions and activities. Each holiday season, Carnival decorates its ships from bow to stern with holiday decor. Guests can take part in festive activities like caroling around the Christmas tree, ugly sweater contests, and a special live Holiday stage show performances.
7-Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) on Disney Fantasy
No one does a family-friendly holiday cruise like Disney Cruise Line. The combination of decor, themed activities, and entertainment is an absolutely magical at-sea experience. On this voyage, expect to see your favorite Disney characters in their holiday attire, sightings by Kris Kringle, and a ship transformed into a winter wonderland as only Disney could do. This 7-night sailing goes roundtrip from Port Canaveral on the Disney Fantasy makes stops in Princess Cay (Disney Cruise Line’s private island), Falmouth, Georgetown, Cozumel, and includes 2 at-sea days to enjoy the fun on the ship.
4-Night West Coast Getaway (Los Angeles Round Trip) on the Majestic Princess
In our opinion, the most wonderful time of the year is anytime we’re cruising! This Los Angeles roundtrip voyage on the Majestic Princess makes stops in Santa Barbara and Ensenada (Mexico) and includes one at-sea day. Princess Cruises holds nothing back with holiday decor onboard all of its ships. The snow in the ship atrium will make you feel like you are in a winter wonderland (in a tropical paradise)!
7-Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) on Allure of the Seas
Pack your bags and get ready for a beach-filled holiday escape on this 7-night Eastern Caribbean voyage on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. This roundtrip sailing from Port Everglades stops in Nassau, Charlotte Amalie, Basseterre, and includes 3 fun days at sea. With a plethora of activities from zip lines, surf simulators, and rock-climbing walls, to Broadway-style shows, high-diving acts in the AquaTheater, Allure of the Seas is certain to appeal to travelers of all ages.
4-Night Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip) on Celebrity Infinity
Is there any better place to ring in the New Year than a cruise ship? We think not! This four-night sailing from Miami on Celebrity Infinity makes stops in Key West and Nassau and includes one fun-at-sea day. Celebrity Cruises, never known for skipping a party, will go all out for the evening to make it an unforgettable New Year's experience. The celebration will include a countdown bash with a live band, party favors, and midnight champagne. Cheers to 2022!
9-Night Eastbound Voyage (Berlin to Prague) on Viking Beyla
This Viking River Cruises 9-night adventure on the Viking Beyla is the perfect way to take part in time-honored European holiday traditions. Stroll along the colorful holiday stalls, mingle with locals as you sample glühwein in Berlin, try Dresden’s famous Christstollen, and shop for handmade porcelain in Meissen. The voyage ends with two festive days in Prague, home of the famed Christmas market.
7-Night Honolulu Roundtrip on the Pride of America
Mele Kalikimaka! This inner Hawaiian island voyage offered by Norwegian Cruise Line is one of the only cruise itineraries in the world which sails to four Hawaiian islands in just seven days, year-round. Your tropical holiday journey departs from Honolulu (Oahu) on the Pride of America and includes stops in Kahului, Maui, Hilo, Kona, and Nawiliwili, Kauai.
12-Night Caribbean Route on the Queen Mary 2
Is it your holiday wish to have someone else take care of the decorations and the cooking? Departing from New York City on the Queen Mary 2, this 12-night Cunard voyage, which spans both Christmas and New Years, travels to some of the most picturesque islands of the Caribbean - Tortola, Basseterre, Bridgetown, Roseau, Phillipsburg, and includes six at-sea days. Onboard, enjoy all the signature, luxury touches of a Cunard cruise, including a magical three-course Christmas dinner, and a festive New Year’s Eve ball complete with a live band.
7-Night Western Mediterranean (Rome Roundtrip) on MSC Grandiosa
Celebrate the holidays with MSC Cruises while visiting some of the most beautiful destinations in all of Europe. Your 7-night voyage sets sail from Civitavecchia (Rome) on the MSC Grandiosa. You will sail to Palermo, Valletta, spend Christmas Day at sea, then travel to Barcelona, Marseilles, and Genoa.
15-Night Expedition to Antarctic (Ushuaia Roundtrip)
Dreaming of a White Christmas? This once-in-a-lifetime, 15-night luxury Antarctic expedition with Crystal Cruises is just for you. Your adventure will begin as board the Crystal Expedition in Ushuaia, Argentina. You will travel to some of the most remote, polar destinations in the world to explore extraordinary wildlife and stunning landscapes that few have ever seen. Crystal Endeavor, your home at sea, contains all-suite accommodations each with verandah access. The ship is limited to just 200 passengers with a 1-to-1 passenger to staff ratio, ensuring you the utmost attentive service. This voyage is the ultimate way to cap out 2021 and ring in 2022!
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