The Best Cruises in December
Whether you are looking for a way to bow out of the endless parties and gift exchanges or simply want a way to enjoy the busy holiday season with just your family, taking a cruise in December is a great option. With a December cruise, you can be surrounded by luxury as you sail away to a warm destination, far from snow shovels and tinsel, yet close to the people you care the most about.
If you will be cruising with the family in December, consider Disney's Magic or Wonder ship. Disney pulls out all of the stops to create a fantasy-filled holiday experience that thrills the whole family. The entertainment is holiday-themed, including a tree-lighting ceremony, fake snow and holiday songs from around the world. Santa Goofy and Mrs. Claus are there, and if you are lucky enough to be onboard ship on Christmas, you will find several holiday services from different denominations held. Possible destinations for December Disney cruises include Castaway Cay, Disney's private island, Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Key West.
If you are traveling from the northeast, consider booking a December cruise on the Norwegian Dawn, one of Norwegian Cruise Line's ships. This is the only New York-based cruise that heads south in the winter. You can travel to Florida and the Bahamas on this luxury cruise ship, and you will enjoy the pool facility, El Dorado Spa and T-Rex Kids' Center for the kids. When cruising near the holidays, you will feast on traditional holiday faire including eggnog, pumpkin pie and turkey. Services are held on Christmas Eve, and children get a gift from Santa on Christmas Day.
Princess's Australian Tours
The Princess Cruise Line offers a variety of Australian cruises in December. These are not designed as holiday cruises per se, but instead offer vacationers the chance to escape the cool of a northern winter and explore the "Land Down Under" during its summer months. The Diamond Princess, Dawn Princess and Sun Princess are the ships that offer Australian tours. Onboard you will enjoy the convenience of Princess's Personal Choice Dining program, activities for kids and teens, a luxury spa and fitness center and several nighttime entertainment venues.
Carnival's Mexican Riviera Cruises
Carnival's Mexican Riviera cruise onboard the Carnival Spirit offers travelers a way to get to the relaxation of the beach without having to travel halfway across the world during the busy month of December. This ship, which is known for its high speed, offers almost every guest an ocean view and balcony. Circle C and Club O2 offer entertainment for the kids while adults unwind in the spa or catch a show at the Pharaoh's Palace Theater.
Nicole Harms has been writing professionally since 2006, specializing in real estate, finance and travel. When she's not writing, she enjoys traveling and has visited several countries, including Israel, Spain, France and Guam. Harms received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College.