Who has done a cruise over a holiday?

Who here has cruised over a holiday, and how did you like it? I've seen a lot of people say they'd be willing to cruise over Thanksgiving or New Year's but not over Christmas because they want to be home with their families. I understand that and would probably tend to agree. Also, flights are generally so much more expensive if you don't already live near the port which can discourage holiday cruises. But I'm curious what everyone's experiences here are? I've never done it. The closest I've come is sailing Carnival at the beginning of December. It was fun because there were Christmas trees and decorations up all around the ship.

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We Cruised Celebrity last Christmas, The ship was decorated nicely and they even had many Santa events for small children. They had a Christmas Mass available to those who wanted to worship. The ship was not very crowded which was nice, but the port of call that we had on Christmas day was a let down since most things were closed.

Closest we came was 2 years ago on the Breakaway. We sailed Dec 15 - 22. Picked that week for the pricing. The same cruise leaving on the 22nd was double the price. Christmas and New Year cruises are a premium. I would like to try some time. The ship and ports do look lovely when all decorated.

Good to know.

We were on a cruise during Thanksgiving three times and three other times got back home the day before Christmas. I really like the way they decorated the ships in advance of Christmas and all the holiday cheer they put on. Turkey day was also a lot of fun and we had no travel problems at all getting back home just before Christmas. I had bet that we would run into huge Continental weather delay problems, but nope, clear skys and calm seas.

I have done a christmas cruise and home for the new year, great having christmas day at sea and then get to see the family over the new year. No cooking, lots of eating and dressing up and on top of that, a present from the ship....


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I prefer road trips around New Year because you can see much more people and things that is happening around Christmas and you can enjoy every minute of your trip and there is a lot of Christmas trees and decorations up all around the ship.




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