Christmas is a time of cheer, a time for celebrating and a time for giving. But all too often the stresses of planning the perfect celebration can become a little overwhelming. That’s why more and more people are choosing to spend their Christmas cruising. You’ll get the full Christmas meal and festive atmosphere, sprinkled in with a warm destination and the chance to explore some of the world’s most glittering Christmas markets. Here are 10 reasons why you should do something different this Christmas and try a winter cruise.

Christmas dinner is done and dusted

On Christmas cruises the entire meal is taken care of, from picking out the best veggies and sides to cutting the finest turkey. Of course, there’s no need to fret about the washing up either. The best Christmas cruises also offer some variety in their menus beyond the norm. Cruise lines today are more diligent than ever in keeping on top of special dietary requirements as well as offering delicacies from the regions they’re sailing through, so you can do a lot more than stick to the traditional menu.

Get in the spirit without making a fuss

When it’s Christmas onboard a cruise ship, you know it. The halls are decked with boughs of holly and Christmas trees glisten in lavish foyers. The fleet from P&O Cruises sparkle with tinsel, while onboard cinemas and in-cabin TVs blast your favourite Christmas films. They even feature visits from Father Christmas himself! It’s next to impossible not to get into the festive spirit, although you’ll be far more relaxed than usual.

See some of the world’s best Christmas Markets

Christmas Market cruises will certainly get you in the festive spirit. The UK is home to a fantastic array of Christmas Markets, but sail out to the rest of Europe and that’s where the real magic begins. The bright lights, the smell of sweet treats and the sound of carols lingering in the air make for an unforgettable atmosphere. There are a number of cruise lines whose routes are specifically mapped out to take you to some of the world’s best Christmas Markets in one voyage. Fred. Olsen, for instance, features cruises that make pit stops at Irish Christmas Markets, as well as those in Germany and Denmark.

Enjoy Christmas with some sunshine

Another perk of Christmas cruises is that many will take you away from the cold and dreary to luxuriously warm destinations, allowing you to forget winter altogether. MSC Cruises go everywhere from Cuba to the Mediterranean at this time of year, while Celebrity Cruises® will whisk you away to exotic locales like the Galapagos Islands and South America.

Experience the festive season in different cultures

Christmas may mean colourfully-lit trees and mince pies to us, but to other countries and cultures it involves any number of traditions. With Christmas cruises you’ll get a taste of the festive season as the rest of the world celebrates. From the nativity scenes in Italy to the present-filled shoes in Spain and a buche de Noel in Vietnam, you never know what traditions you might bring home with you.

Winter cruises are often cheaper

Even beyond the Christmas perks, cruises that sail at this time of year frequently make the most of some truly enticing price drops. Broadly speaking, you’ll be cruising off-season, which means that cruise lines are letting their bookings go for less. For example, a Christmas river cruise with Viking Cruises can see you tracing the curve of the Danube this Christmas for a great deal less than would be the case during the summer months.

Spend Christmas among your nearest and dearest

While big family get-togethers are what makes Christmas special, some years it’s those most immediately close to you with whom you want to spend the festive season. A Christmas cruise gives you that reprieve, letting you step onboard with your closest loved ones and seclude yourself from the bustle of the season. It’s also a Christmas treat unlike any other, which means you’ll be looking fondly back on the memories throughout the coming years.

Take in the scenery

Wherever you choose to cruise, you’ll be amid some of the finest sights in the world. Whether that’s the wintry skylines of your favourite European cities, the tranquil water around the islands of the Far East or the dramatic landscapes surrounding the Nile, it’s a far cry from the dreary skies back home. Furthermore, you’ll waking up every day to new surroundings – because that’s the real beauty of cruising.

Your Christmas gifts will be pretty unique

Even with many of us turning to online retailers to fill in the blanks our local shops can’t, there are some gifts that simply have to be sought out in their place of origin. Whether that’s Belgian chocolates, Italian biscuits, Spanish leather handicrafts or some good old fashioned Mediterranean wines, a Christmas cruise gives you the ultimate shopping experience. That’s especially true of Christmas Market cruises, which feature plenty of sweet treats to snack on as you explore their winding aisles.

You’re being well looked after

Whichever cruise line you choose to spend your Christmas with, you can relax in the knowledge that there’s a team of professional and polite staff who are there to ensure every detail is taken care of for you. If there’s anything on your mind, they’re there to help, plus they’re all pretty well-travelled people who can give you some superb inside facts on the destinations you’re visiting.

Taking a cruise at Christmas is giving yourself the promise of a stress-free, rejuvenating holiday season. Consider your chosen destinations and we’ll be happy to take you through the best deals around!

There’s no better way to spend Christmas than on a cruise – all you need to do is call 0800 027 8302 and you can make these festivities a reality! Alternatively, take a look at our Deals section for some cruise inspiration.

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