Even though we can all agree that cruising is a great deal of fun, the idea of going on a cruise at Christmastime tends to divide opinion. On the one hand, going on a cruise is a great way to escape the hectic Christmas rush – no need to run around cooking, or worry about keeping drunk relatives happy or even think about cleaning up! On the other hand, some people hate breaking their own little traditions at Christmas, and being away from the people they love. But where do you sit on the great Christmas cruising debate?

For those who find the idea of sailing away from the festive madness appealing, there are a variety of cruising options. Thanks to its all-year-round sunshine, the Canary Islands are always a popular choice for holiday cruising. However, if you fancy going a bit further afield, then the Caribbean is also a great choice for getting some festive vitamin D. Rather than falling asleep in front of the TV, just imagine spending Christmas Day lazing on an on-deck sun bed… then in the evening, you can have the usual turkey with all the trimmings, and not have to worry about cleaning up afterwards!

For some, however, Christmas at sea is just a no-go. Parents of young children, for example, may find themselves on the receiving end of some resentment from the kids who feel they are missing out on a visit from Santa. But festive magic knows no bounds, and Santa can certainly find the time to make a stop on a cruise ship when he visits all the other boys and girls! Some cruise lines specifically arrange a visit from Mr Claus, and some ships even have a grotto on board!

Of course, even a visit from the big fat fella can hardly compare to being with your nearest and dearest, and indeed being away from friends and family can be a huge downside to cruising at Christmastime. However, with on-board technology making leaps and bounds, it’s easier than ever to stay in touch. Just arrange a video call from the ship’s on-board internet café, and you can even watch the kids or grandkids rip open their presents from under the tree back home just like you were there!

So that’s what we think are the pros and cons – but what about you? Would you ever consider spending Christmas on board a cruise ship? Share your opinions with us in the comments below!

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