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Christmas and New Year cruises are simply some of the most magical getaways you could ever wish for. Not only do you get to spend the Christmas period doing something a little different – like exploring sun-soaked destinations or picking up gifts in some of Europe’s top Christmas markets – but you can relax in the knowledge that for once, everything is taken care of.

Gone are the worries of what to do over the seasonal period, the last-minute present shopping and packing to travel to the in-laws. There will be no need to make up an excuse why you can’t go to that party as you’ll already have plans, bringing in the New Year atop the waves on one of these amazing New Year’s Eve cruises.


Christmas isn’t just a time for giving, it’s also a time to sit back and take stock of the year just about to end. What better way to do this than on one of these luxurious Christmas cruises?

For those searching for an authentic taste of the season, with festive flairs from start to finish, try one of the European routes. While the destinations do occasionally change, these Christmas and New Year’s cruises sail through most of the continent. With varying durations, you can easily discover a true Christmas in the Canaries, or even the Balearics. Cruising these slightly warmer coastlines gives you plenty of opportunity to discover new traditions, as well as a few beaches!

For those seeking a twist on the traditional spirit of Christmas, why not really push the sleigh out and board a cruise to the Far East and Asia? These routes are a mixture of adults only and family cruises meaning there is something for everyone. Send season’s greetings from the Singapore Strait or the Gulf of Thailand. Watch the fireworks over Koh Samui or even Bangkok.

For a taste of the tropics and the ultimate in 5-star luxury, the New Year cruises through the Caribbean offer a taste of the high life and island paradises far away from the daily grind. Cruise through the laid-back worlds around Barbados, or to the even more exotic rainforests of St Lucia. Wherever you dock, the hot suns appearance over your Christmas dinner is sure to be a welcome change.

Festive Cruises

No matter how much you try to plan in advance, the festive season always has a habit of creeping up on us. Imagine if you were able to spend the Christmas holidays being doted on by attentive and friendly faces, surrounded by decorations, with a glass of wine in one hand and a good book in the other. Christmas dinner is sorted on your behalf, stunning destinations are yours to explore and there's entertainment around every corner.

That's the promise of cruises at Christmas, where you can put your feet up and watch the world sail by in comfort. Whether you're escaping to the Caribbean or taking an intimate journey to the best Christmas markets in Europe, Christmas cruises don't come more magical than this.

Why choose a festive cruise?

Whether it's festive or New Year cruises you're after, there's no better way to beat the cold weather back home than by setting sail and leaving it all behind. The long nights and bleak days can quickly fade to memory as you enjoy a Christmas treat out in the sunshine.

It's also a fantastic way to broaden your horizons, as well as pick up some souvenirs and bargains you simply can't get back home. Plenty of Christmas cruises stop by the biggest Christmas markets in Europe, where fresh aromas of cinnamon and gingerbread linger in air.

If you’re searching for slightly warmer climes, and sunshine to completely obliterate those winter blues, check out one of the Xmas cruises towards the Far East and Asia.

And let's not forget the food – a far cry from turkey and the trimmings. You can expect meals from across the globe on-board a cruise ship, all presented with gourmet flair. You can still eat yourself into a stupor but instead of recouping in the living room while watching the Queen’s speech, you can do it siesta style! Put your feet up on deck with a glass of bubbles to wash down an array of festive treats.

Festive cruise lines and ships

Almost every cruise line offers some fantastic Christmas and New Year cruises. It all comes down to how long you want to go away for and where speaks to you the most.

You might enjoy joining Marella Cruises in seeing in the new year on a trip that threads through the Canary Islands. This cruise line's ships are colourful and lively, but also feature intimate touches like outdoor cinemas where you can watch your favourite Christmas film, and cosy bars to retire to for mulled wine. And as we're part of TUI, you can book your Marella Cruises sailing online with us!

You can just as easily wind your way through the classic cities of Europe on a festive cruise. The Christmas Market of Bruges, followed by lazy days in Amsterdam, are a superb way to round off your year. These might take place with cruise lines such as Cunard, for example. If you'd like to book with Cunard or another cruise line, simply give us a call on 0800 107 2323.

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