I was just on the Caribbean Princess for Easter week celebrating the holidays at sea and I have to say that the cruise ships really do it right. It’s lots of fun and stress-free for everyone involved.
It’s a bit more expensive versus your normal cruise and you may miss the family unless they came on board with you. But you won’t miss the hard work! Decorating the house, cooking the elaborate meal and the clean up afterwards takes time and energy. Why not let the cruise ship staff take care of everything for you?
In the past, I’ve been at sea for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and American Thanksgiving.
Here are a few examples of what you may find when celebrating the holidays at sea
Celebrating Easter on a Cruise Ship
Just this past Easter Monday, I watched the Easter Bunny happily take his photo with 50+ kids (in age and in heart).
There were chocolate decorated eggs on display, arts and crafts and cookie decorating stations for the kids. The Easter Bunny danced the Gangnam style hop with everyone in the Piazza and handed out goodie bags of chocolate and candy.
The people in the blue polo shirts are part of the kids program and were running the entire event.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day on a Cruise Ship
When I was on a February cruise for Valentine’s Day, all the women in the dining room were presented with red roses and for dessert we dined on petit-fours and chocolate covered strawberries. Talk about a great Valentine’s Day gift! Receiving a week in the Caribbean on a cruise ship from your honey is not a gift you are likely to forget!
The photo is me receiving a rose from one of the Holland America cruise lines bell boys.
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 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!
I haven’t celebrated New Year’s 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!