I can only speak for Fred. Olsen. We went on the "Boudicca" Christmas and New year cruise last year.It is a great day. For those who want to there was a Christmas church service, there were games and fun for the children and there was a visit by Santa Claus with gifts for all the children. The meal times were the same but there was a typical Christmas dinner spread with crackers, balloons etc. The ship was beautifully decorated and it really felt like Christmas.
Christmas on a ship ... is just great .. with Santa arriving for the kids with gifts around the tree (lots of older kids as well and we had eggnogg). Then lots of fun for a special dinner in the evening. The ship will be a picture with decorations.
I love Christmas/New Year and spend every year on a cruise over this period some place in the world (out of interest these were all in Hayes Middlesex). This year off the South American coast.
Only complaint .. being a US ship they do not seem to have heard of Boxing Day.
You are sure of a great Christmas .. have fun 'Happy Christmas'
We went for new year but our table guests had embarked the week earlier so this is how they told it! XMAS EVE carol singing in the antrium if you wanted to xmas day more singing father xmas and elves presents for all children under 17 but the best bit artificial snow floating down through the antrium!WHOW this happened new year too just amazing. we are returning again for new year and fellow table guests back for christmas. we cant afford to take all our grandchildren and i love to see them at christmas otherwise we wd go for christmas too. we were on sea princess. have a good trip. the ship is decorated with the biggest tree you could imagine.
We were on Diamond Princess Xmas 2005 and New year. We love Xmas and we thought it would be absolutely brilliant. It was AWFUL. I ended up in tears. because xmas seemed to have passed by Princess. There were hardly any decorations, no xmas dinner, no mince pies and the passengers were miserable as sin. We came out of our cabin xmas morning all excited saying Merry Christmas to everyone and were almost ignored - we couldn't believe it. Yes there was a small carol concert xmas eve and that basically was it. We were appalled and complained to passenger services manager who didn't care less and we formally wrote when we got home and the reply was that as we clearly had not enjoyed our Princess cruise we should not do another one!! I would have very low expectations for xmas. Our impression was that people who go away at xmas want to avoid xmas. I really hope it has changed and you have a good time and maybe it's much better at the kids clubs, but for adults who still have a lot of child in them it was awful. Take some tinsel, stocking and decs with you for the cabin.