One of the best aspects of cruising is being able to explore so many different cultures and countries in one sailing. Mid to late April is an amazing time to hit the high seas – the celebrations of Easter allows you to indulge in different traditions and partake in celebrations like none other.
We’re not just talking about your regular chocolate Easter egg hunt, we mean exciting extravaganzas, weird traditions and world-wide events. Here are some reasons why you should consider Easter cruises this year.
Expect the unexpected
You may be thinking that Easter is a fairly quiet time of the year to be cruising, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. All over the world fantastic Easter celebrations are taking place and you can cruise to one of these many destinations to take part in the festivities. Don’t be surprised when an Easter cruise becomes a lively extravaganza full of food, music and culture.
Cruise to France with Viking Cruises and visit the city of Haux, where on Easter Monday a giant omelette is served up in the town’s main square. We’re not talking about any normal size omelette – this beast is made out of 15,000 eggs and feeds over 1,000 people! Everyone gathers to watch the gallons of egg yolk be poured into a large pan, before the Giant Omelette Brotherhood beat and stir it with extra long baguettes.
The event dates back to 1973, where the town’s shopkeepers decided to create the Brotherhood of the Omelette – a following which grows each year. According to the legend, it’s believed that in recognition of Napolean Bonaparte and his army spending the night near the town, the brotherhood created this crazy festivity to feed his army the next day. Certainly a story to tell the grand-kids!
A holiday for the whole family
Of course over the Easter holidays most children will be on a break from school, meaning Easter is the ideal time to book a family cruise. There are plenty of activities catered towards young children over the Easter break, so you’ll have no end of destinations to choose from.
Set sail to Miami with MSC Cruises and join in with the popular Easter brunch. It’s the time to break bread with all your loved ones and fill your face with culinary treats, with everything from bottomless mimosas, burgers and sides of French toast – its the most important meal of the weekend. But this isn’t just any brunch, it’s elaborate spreads filled with goodies. You’ll find the restaurants in Miami really push the boat out to make your Easter brunch a gastronomic experience to remember. You’ll be stuffed! After all that eggstravaganza, head to the Mega Egga at Jungle Island – offering three days of continuous egg hunts, rides, live music and visits from the legendary Easter bunny. Kids will love it.
If your family’s up for something a little out of the ordinary, Easter in Costa Brava is certainly one to remember as they celebrate with the Death Dance. Tracing back to the days of the black plague, it’s a tradition that still lives on. Adults and children will dress up as skeletons and parade through the streets to the rhythm of drums ’til the early hours of the morning – if you have an overnight stay here, have fun following the procession! This is Spanish culture at its roots. The medieval old town of Verges provides a natural setting for the performance which takes place in the scenic space of the main square – the town walls and fortified medieval towers create the perfect backdrop. With only torches lighting the way through the village streets, it’s certainly a sight to behold.
Where to cruise to in Easter
You can find Easter festivities all over the world, with each country celebrating in their own special way. Cruise to Corfu and experience the smashing after Easter mass. Locals hang out of their windows or stand in streets throwing pots and all sorts of earthenware. It’s out with the old and in with new – according to Greek mythology this symbolises the welcoming of spring, with new crops on their way, they’ll gather new pots for their growing produce.
Corfu’s old town in particular really pushes the boat out on Good Friday with parades, processions, live music and of course, pot-smashing in the town square. This event draws in quite the crowd – you’ll have a smashing time!
For something a little closer to home, head to Amsterdam with Princess Cruises. Amsterdam’s biggest street party takes place just after Easter, and you can partake in the festivities of King’s Day. It’s a birthday celebration of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, and it’ll certainly make the end of April one to remember. With superb street parties, live music and a nationwide flea market, you’ll see Amsterdam in a whole new light. People empty their houses and set up street stalls to provide you with services – from massages to make-up and cakes.
With three million people attending, Amsterdam’s streets are lit orange with pride as locals and guests turn up to celebrate the royal family on April 27th. So pack your favourite bit of orange clothing and get ready to celebrate like never before.
What about onboard?
Of course if you’re spending Easter at sea, some cruise lines will put on an array of activities – from Easter egg hunts to Easter parties – so you can embrace the celebration onboard and ashore. No need to hunt for deals though, just click here for all our latest cruise offers.
Cruising in Easter is so much more than chocolate eggs and a magical bunny, it’s about embracing new traditions and spending time together as a family. Book your next Easter cruise today.
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