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've cruised early Nov, AND early DEC...and in all honestly, do it every year, plus one in the spring. scanning the prices involved, its just another way for the cruise lines to stick it to you if you pick cruising on TDAY or XMAS. or New Years... and besides, simply refuse to fly over the holidays (or most other times), OR get involved in the madness on the road. This year was a classic weather wise. wonder how many folks actually missed the ship because it. Not for us....

Only over Thanksgiving and 4th of July. Do not partake in Christmas cruises because of family and prices tend to be elevated. Same with New Years.

Doing a New Years cruise on the Carnival Miracle December 30th 2019


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We just did a cruise the week before Xmas and I really enjoyed all the Xmas decorations, the Xmas music and all the Xmas activities on board. Everybody looked like they were all in a festive holiday mood too and it was fun seeing everybody wearing Santa’s hats and Xmas outfits. The price of the cruise was very reasonable too during the week before Xmas. Thinking about doing this again next year.

We did a round trip from New York to the Caribbean over this past Thanksgiving, it was great. Of course one of the choices for dinner on Thanksgiving was turkey with the works. Three days at sea before the first port stop and each day more Christmas decorations went up. Then on that first port day the large Christmas tree went up in the atrium. The ship looked great.

We just got back from Christmas cruise 2019 on the he Carnival Pride. We were told by others that Christmas cruises were amazing, I will have to disagree. They did very little decoration, they did the Christmas party the Friday after Christmas, to us it wasn’t anything special about it. This was our third time on the Pride always had a great time in the pass even when the weather wasn’t so good. We felt they did less on the Xmas cruise then the others. The only hot meal we had was at David’s and the pizza.

A number years ago we were on a Honduras beach on Christmas Day. Had kids with me. Santa visited the ship and gave all the kids presents. However, my son who was young at the time- when asked if he had a good time. he replied "Home is where the heart is". No more holiday cruises after that. They wanted the full feel of Christmas with extended family and all. The kids are grown now and I still feel a bit just a bit selfish when I look at Christmas cruises, then I tell myself ---well my birthday is December 13th so technically.....I have a cruise booked leaving 12/12/20. Yummy

Only Thanksgiving holiday (a few times).


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