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Christmas Cruises: What Are The Best Destinations?

Christmas cruises decorations, stockings and tree

Christmas cruises are becoming increasingly popular and for good reason – what better way is there to celebrate with family than kicking back and relaxing in style! And if you’re not cruising with family, consider an adults-only escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But don’t worry, you won’t miss out on the Christmas spirit while on board – most cruise lines incorporate seasonal activities like onboard caroling, festive meals with holiday favorites and if you’re lucky, Santa will be onboard, enjoying a pre-Christmas break before speeding out to deliver gifts all over the world!

Now to the most important part – what are the most popular destinations to cruise to during the holiday season?

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Caribbean Christmas Cruises

Trade in the Christmas trees for palm trees as you escape cold weather and the stress of the season on a cruise in the Caribbean! Let’s be honest, you’d rather have your toes in the sand than the snow and nothing beats sunny and 75 on a Caribbean Christmas!

Christmas ornaments on a beach

Christmas cruises in the Caribbean can be especially fun, as some ports have festivals and holiday celebrations for you to enjoy when you’re not filling up on cookies at the onboard buffet. For example, if your holiday cruises spends time in Jamaica, you’ll be thrilled to find Rasta-Claus serenading guests with Christmas classics in upbeat, Reggae-style!

Even if your activities aren’t Christmas-related, the Caribbean is still one of the best places to spend your Christmas season! With activities like snorkeling and scuba diving, sunning on the beach or enjoying the exclusivity of your cruise lines’ private island, you’ll never want to spend Christmas at home again!

If you’re spending Christmas cruising the Caribbean with your family, Royal Caribbean holiday cruises are top-notch, offering themed activities for all ages! Now, if you’re looking for a romantic holiday getaway to the Caribbean, where everything is included and you spend your vacation in the lap of luxury, perhaps a high-end holiday with Regent Seven Seas is in your future!

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European Christmas Market River Cruises

If you have trouble getting in the holiday spirit in the sand and sun, look no further than Christmas cruises to Europe! For the most immersive, indulgent way to enjoy the holiday season in Europe is on a river cruise to the famed Christmas Markets! Starting in Germany, these festive popup markets have grown in popularity across the world – but nothing beats the original! However, there are holiday markets in plenty of European riverside cities, like the one below in Vienna, Austria!

Christmas Market in Vienna

Most cruise lines exploring Europe’s rivers visit the Christmas Markets during the holiday season, so your choices are endless! The most important thing, though, is that this will be a Christmas you’ll never forget, bundling up and buying gifts for your friends and family from artisans at the markets as the lights twinkle and holiday tunes float through the air as your nose guides you straight to the freshly baked pastries and indulgent hot cocoa.

For more information on river cruises during the holiday season, focused specifically on immersing you in the local traditions and holiday markets, check out our exclusive webinar, Holiday Market River Cruising: Experience A Magical Christmas in Europe, presented by the luxurious river cruise line, Uniworld!

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You’re in the Christmas spirit now and ready to plan your holiday getaway for 2023 and 2024! But where do you want to go? Who is going with you? And where can you get the best deal, to save money for extra presents? That’s where our experts at The Cruise Web come in! Not only is our team full of seasoned experts, but many of them have enjoyed plenty of cruises themselves! And remember, we know exactly How To Get The Best Price for a Cruise! If you’re ready to start planning, call our experts at 1-800-377-9383 or browse below for a complete list of Christmas  and holiday cruises for 2023 and 2024.

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-The Cruise Web Team