Christmas/New Year's cruise

I would love to go on a Christmas and/or New Year's cruise. Have any of you done it?

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We haven't, but are very interested. The increase in prices usually deter us. If it was an itinerary that was, to us, worth the increase, we would book.

I have been on 2 of them, Destiny and Fantasy. There is a band in the Atrium and on the Lido deck they have Times Square with the Ball drop on the video screen. There is some free Champagne and a high price tag for the cruise.

I would do it again if I have the time off at that time of the year.

Not yet...with kids and grands we've usually been home for the holidays.

We haven't either, because we usually spend Christmas with family.

I have eye balled and priced a few and the pricing was a killer. Expect to pay double or triple the normal rate for a holiday cruise.

I've thought about it, but the price keeps scaring me away. Why not just wait two weeks and cruise the same itinerary for half the price?

That, and the scene from Poseidon Adventure keeps popping in mindBig Smile

I don't recall seeing a Christmas tree as tall as the one in the movie.

I remember the look on the kids face when he needed to go to the bathroom and was standing there looking up.

I was on a cruise close to Christmas last year and what I loved about it was how much they "down played" the entire holiday thing with minimal decorations. Same thing this past Thanksgiving...They have very wisely chosen not to call too much attention to any particular holiday due to their worldwide passengers celebrating numerous holidays 365 days of the year! I'd asked the staff about New Year's and they said it's pretty much a normal day.

So if you are thinking of cruising Christmas or New Year's to celebrate the holiday on a ship, you might be disappointed. If you are thinking of cruising to "get away" from the normal hustle and bustle, you will be pleased.

Hummmm, I know Carnival decorates the Atrium on all levels with garland, lights and has a nice tree too. But during the night of January first and the wee hours of the second, they remove all the decorations very quickly and in the morning you might find some fake tree needles laying about.

I have always wanted to go on a cruise around the holidays - mostly over New year's Eve. What I would look forward to are the decorations. I would be disappointed if there were few of them. We saw some of them going up on the ms. Amsterdam at the end of our Panama Canal cruise in December and they were beautiful. Lluckily i was able to get some photos of them before we disembarked.



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