Christmas Cruising?

have you ever cruised over the Christmas holiday?  Would you consider doing so?  

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Two years ago we sailed out of New Orleans. The end of the cruise was actually Christmas Day. We had a blast. Next time I don't think I would get of the ship on Christmas Day. But yes I would do it again. The decorations on the ship were just fantastic.

Ships look great when all decked out for the holidays. I have not cruised on the holiday but I have gotten great deals the week before X-mass or the week after New Years. I think I'd rather do a NYE cruise then X-mass.

I agree with you. I would love to do a New Year's Eve cruise but they are always so much money. Might be worth it. I can stay awake past midnight, just not every night.

We seriously considered holiday cruising. There are a couple reasons we put off the decision to try...

- Elder family members with whom we were only going to be able to celebrate a few more holidays and
- The higher price tag for which we were not sure of value (bang for buck).

We still aren't sure paying extra is worth having a few more decorations around the ship but have agreed that we will probably take the holiday cruise plunge in the next 5-6 years.

If you want the decorations and a good price think of the week or two before X-mass or the week after NYE. These weeks I have found to have good bang for the buck pricing as most people are in preparing for the holidays or in recovery mode after the holidays.

We've done a couple of Christmas / New Year cruises. Let someone else take the stress out of the holidays......and no washing all those dishes! Just be aware of what port you are on those days as most places are closed, sea days would be ideal.

On one of more recent cruises, we returned on Dec. 22nd; they had just put up all the Xmas decorations. I took photos of all the trees. It really got me into the Xmas spirit.

if I didn't have young grandchildren, I would cruise ver Xmas. Someday we will do a cruise over New Year's Eve.

Never having cruised over Xmas or New Years, I am unsure if the extra cost is worth it either. We did cruise over Easter and it was definitely worth it. The Easter Sunday Brunch we simply spectacular. I would do that again. We also sailed over July 4th on Carnival and we had a huge deck party with extra live entertainers. Also, well worth it. We have young grandchildren so we are holding off to n Xmas for now. New Years Eve though is doable, though for us.


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