Celebrating the Holidays at Sea on a Cruise Ship

Celebrating Thanksgiving on a Cruise Ship

In November for American Thanksgiving, I watched football on the jumbo screen up on the pool deck while snacking on pizza, wings, hot dogs and nachos. Then later that evening, I sat down to a big turkey dinner complete with all the fixings.

The photo is of a vegetable art carving created by the Celebrity Cruise lines chefs to commemorate the occasion.

Celebrating the Holidays at Sea on a Cruise Ship

Celebrating Christmas on a Cruise Ship

For Christmas eve, passengers and crew gathered to sing Christmas carols and “The Night Before Christmas” was read in the atrium (with care) by the Cruise Director. On Christmas Day, the entire atrium  transformed into a winter wonderland complete with snow “bubbles” floating in the air. Santa and his elves visited for the usual photo opportunity and handed out gifts to all the children of a stuffed animal (wearing a Princess Cruises t-shirt of course) and candy.

Photo is of the Atrium decorated for the holidays.

There are also religious services scheduled throughout the week for the various denominations led by either specially invited clergy or by passenger volunteers. For those celebrating Hanukkah, they had a menorah lighting ceremony each night.

The best thing about spending Christmas at sea is if you choose a Caribbean itinerary. The sand isn’t exactly the same as the snow falling on Christmas morning but it sure is warmer!

Celebrating the Holidays at Sea on a Cruise Ship

I haven’t celebrated New Years Eve on board a cruise yet but I can just imagine the wild party it would be!

The next time you are looking for a cruise, think about going during a holiday week. I guarantee you that it will be the most stress-free holiday meal/celebration that you’ve ever experienced!

Have you celebrated a holiday at sea on a cruise ship before? Share your fun with us in the comments below