I am a big fan of holiday cruises. Our family has sailed over the Christmas and/or New Year’s holidays for 9 of the last ten years. We absolutely love it! You may be thinking that it’s too late to start planning Christmas on a cruise ship because the holidays are right around the corner, but it’s not! One of the many great things about cruises is that there are often last minute deals to be had. And that’s still the case here. I did a quick internet search to confirm, and the following popular websites are still showing last minute cruise deals on holiday cruises.
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Maybe your holiday plans have not yet firmed up, or your original plans have fallen through. Or, perhaps you have plans, but realize what you really want to do is escape to something less stressful? A holiday cruise could be just right for you. Let’s review why.
1. Christmas On A Cruise Ship Provides Stress-free Ways To Spend Quality Time With Family.
The holidays bring opportunities to spend extra time with your family and close friends. Most folks recognize that the extra opportunities can also bring extra stress. There can be lots of pressure to conjure up elaborate mouth-watering meals, go all out on home holiday decor, and produce Pinterest-worthy perfectly wrapped gifts.
A holiday cruise can decrease those stress levels considerably. You can forget about any pressure to prepare photo-worthy meals. If you want, you can completely skip having to find a tree, or decorate your home. And, are you one who feels obligated to make sure everyone in your family is happy and having a memorable holiday experience? On a cruise ship, dozens of folks are there to help you with that.
Whether celebrating holidays on a cruise ship or a private home, these articles have some great tips on managing holiday stress: Tips For Parents on Managing Holiday Stress and Simple Practices For Managing Holiday Stress.
2. You Can Set Your Own Pace And Tone.
The holidays can bring much treasured opportunities for lots of family togetherness, but sometimes you need a little break. Taking time out to take care of yourself is one of the best ways to manage not only holiday stress, but also everyday life stress.
Celebrating Christmas on a cruise ship provides numerous opportunities to relax and have guilt-free “me time.” You can visit the spa. Check out some fitness classes. Take a walk on an open air track against the backdrop of an oceanview. Relax with a book by the pool (for quiet – try the adults only pool). Soak in a hot tub. Or, stretch your mind and spirit with a variety of enrichment classes and activities.
Remember: “With such a huge focus during the holidays on giving, it can be easy to forget to give back to yourself. Taking care of yourself will improve your mood and make it easier for you to take care of others.”
6 Tips for Managing Holiday Stress
3. You Can Chase Away The Winter Blues With Christmas On A Cruise Ship.
Choose a warm weather sunny destination like the Caribbean. Spend time at the beach or by the pool. Work on a holiday tan. Toast those blues to brown.
4. Christmas On A Cruise Ship Can Provide Better Photo Ops.
A cruise has many professional photographers roaming throughout the ship and on-shore who will help document your holiday memories. Photos come complete with cool backdrops, the stunning displays found throughout the elaborate ship decorations, or the natural beauty of your ports of call. You can also opt to skip paying for photos and still get great pics with your smartphone using those same great settings.
If so inclined, you have a convenient option to arrange for a studio photography session in the ship’s professional studio. Book a formal photo shoot that can be used for future greeting cards or the family scrapbook.
5. No bored kids. No worries of keeping kids entertained.
The pressure to make sure everyone is entertained and having a good time can be one of the big stressors of the holiday season. This can be particularly challenging when your kids are out of school for an extended period, and you are disinclined to indulge loads amount of screen time.
Typically, a large cruise ship will have an entire staff of Youth Program personnel charged with providing a roster of engaging age-appropriate activities. While there may certainly be some options for spending time with a gaming console or at an arcade, many other options will be readily available as well. If you are traveling with a baby or toddler, some cruise ships provide programs for these youngest travelers too. See this post: These Awesome Cruises Actually Have Childcare For Babies.
In addition to activities organized by the Youth Program, the ship’s programming staff will also have a roster of fun family activities that your whole group can enjoy – bingo, cooking classes, family style game shows, water activities and more.
For ideas on portable kids’ gifts that you can easily pack for your cruise, check out our holiday gift guide. Kids Love These Awesome Travel Gifts On Family Holiday Cruises.
6. Christmas On A Cruise Ship Provides Painless Access To Great Gourmet-Caliber Meals.
During a cruise, you never have to plan a single meal. Not one. No shopping. No menu vetting. Worry not about food preparation or cooking. No worrying over table settings or seating arrangements. And the clearing and cleaning of dirty dishes? Not your job. The magic cruise fairies take care of all of that. Your family just has to get dressed and show up.
7. Christmas On A Cruise Ship Provides A Social Calendar That’s Right For You.
Forget about stressing over whether you have been invited to enough holiday events or the stress of feeling pressured to attend too many. On a cruise ship, everyone pretty much has invites to as much or as little social as they want. And, you can gleefully attend as many parties or social activities as you want without worrying about childcare or designated drivers (or worrying about those folks who forget to arrange their designated drivers).
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A cruise can be a great option to add to your family’s repertoire of things to do when celebrating the holidays. It may not be right for everyone, but it is certainly worth a close look. Have a similar or differing view? Please share in the comments.