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, winter 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.

And let’s not forget the food – a far cry from turkey and trimmings alone. You can expect meals from across the globe onboard a cruise ship, all presented with gourmet flair.

Festive cruise lines and ships

Almost every cruise line offers some fantastic winter deals and Christmas 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 and cosy bars to retire to for mulled wine.

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 with Cunard, for example. Take a look at the latest deals we have for these special sailings and see what Santa brings for your next big cruise!