10 reasons to consider a Christmas cruise

1) No washing up!

I can’t stress enough how amazing it is to eat your Christmas dinner and then not have to think about washing up. Your food is brought out to you and taken away again. Easy peasy. No trying to fit those funny shaped roasting dishes into the dishwasher either.

2) No cooking.

Cooking a Christmas dinner can be a stressful task. I don’t enjoy cooking so am more than happy to get rid of this one from my Christmas to do list. Why waste most of Christmas day cooking when you could, well… not.

Both cruises that I have been on over Christmas have provided a traditional Christmas dinner. It wasn’t quite as I would have it at home (new potatoes instead of roasted) but nevertheless, it was incredibly yummy. Best of all, I didn’t have to cook it.

cruise christmas dinner

3) No pre-Christmas preparations.

There’s no rushing around the supermarket at last minute, trying to find the last remaining packet of pigs in blankets in the entire country. No feeling of dread when you think to yourself ‘I MUST have forgotten something!’ There’s no worrying about everybody being happy, all of that is taken completely out of your hands.

4) Less focus on presents

When you’re away for Christmas there is less emphasis placed on Christmas presents. You are limited, realistically, to the amount that you can fit in your suitcase. We usually only take a couple of presents each meaning that we aren’t swamped with new toys and a load of junk that we probably don’t need anyway. Leaving us with more time to spend together *awwwwwh*. (We’ve probably spent most of our money on a cruise anyway!)

christmas presents cruise

5) Quality time

Carrying on from point 4, being on a cruise at Christmas leaves you with so much time to enjoy the company of the people that you are with. From the moment you get up until you go to bed you can be together (if that’s what you want of course).

6) No in-laws or family members that you don’t actually like…

You are in control of your own Christmas! Woohoo! No ‘making the rounds’ to see all of those family members that you don’t actually like and just tolerate for the rest of the year. No family members with bad habits or slightly ‘old fashioned’ opinions.

7) You get to go to amazing places!

I actually completely forgot about this one when initially writing this list. I enjoy cruising so much that I sometimes forget that the ship goes to different destinations. For me, the ideal Christmas is one spent in the sun. I spent my last Christmas cruise in Tenerife and am spending next Christmas in Rome. It has always amused me how the traditional Christmas decor of snowmen and snowflakes is still applied across the world, regardless of the countries actual temperature at Christmas.

christmas canary island cruise

8) Christmas shows and events

Most cruise lines put on special shows for Christmas. They’ll usually have carol singing on Christmas Eve and parties late into the night on Christmas day.

9) New years

Being on a cruise at Christmas means that you may get to experience new year onboard too! New years onboard a cruise ship gives you the opportunity to go mad with no worries of how to get home afterward, improved only by a beverage package.

Be careful though not to get too drunk that you think it’s a good idea to climb around the balconies (believe it or not, there are people who do this!) Most ‘man overboard’ cases have alcohol has a contributing factor. More about that here: Man overboard.

10) Ship decorations

Both of the cruise ships that I have been on at Christmas have been decorated with incredible Christmas trees and HUGE gingerbread houses. I wouldn’t want to try and fight with such a huge Christmas tree, that would never fit in my house.


Have you been on a Christmas cruise? Let me know in the comments!


I'm Emma, a 23 year old travel blogger based in the UK who strongly believes that cruising isn't just for old people!

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