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Christmas On A Cruise Ship: The Big Festive Debate

Christmas On A Cruise Ship: The Big Festive Debate

It’s around this time of year that people are getting their tinsel and baubles down from the loft, and braving the bustling shopping centres to tick gifts off their list.

But, how many of you are on the sunbeds instead, prepping for your festive cruise? Christmas never looked so different…


Sailing on the seas during this season doesn’t mean having to say goodbye to turkey dinners with all the trimmings.

The famous British line will be sprinkling Christmas cheer over your cruise with a whole 158 chefs across the fleet cooking you a traditional dinner with all the trimmings (and 600 bottles of champagne!)


And you won’t have to miss out on the December shows either. You can settle down for a crew pantomine, grotto, nativity, live broadcast of the Queen’s speech, midnight mass and festive films!


Expect Christmas wreaths, trees, nutcrackers, fairy lights, gingerbread cottages: the lot!

You’ll be immersed in a winter wonderland with “snowing events” where you’ll find special festive activities under a a light simulated snow fall.


If religious services are important to you over the holidays, you can rely on Catholic and Protestant clergy being in attendance and Midnight mass is on offer, aswell as Sunday mass, Christmas Eve service and Christmas Day service.

You’ll be greeted by a choir from a nearby cathedral when you step onboard, no matter what ship you’re on and that’s when your Christmas begins!

Fred Olsen

This is the line for you if you want to escape the chilly weather and head straight for the sun.


All four ships in the fleet will have the appropriately festive decorations regardless so you won’t feel too out of place; get thinking on your Christmas cocktail of choice!

Carol concerts will fill your evenings along with Christmas-themed shows, arts and crafts classes, seasonal quizzes, Midnight mass on Christmas eve and more…


This line’s expedition ships want you to experience a truly unique Christmas covering all local traditions for guests so prepare for an international celebration!


Norwegian traditions will, of course, play a part in your cruise with Hurtigruten…

“Julenissen”, the Norwegian Father Christmas, will visit the ship and the traditional greeting of “God Jul” will be heard through the fleet before enjoying Norwegian specialities with A Yuletide buffet at dinner.

Guests should note that this year, MS Fram and MS Midnatsol will spend Christmas in Antarctica so you’ll be saying Merry Christmas surrounded by icebergs and penguins!

Cruise & Maritime

How does mulled wine on arrival sound? Christmas begins before you even step onboard with CMV!


Christmas Eve will offer a cabaret and late night service and Christmas Day has an array of activities on offer aswell as a movie matinee, carol service and gameshow.

The night will involve a formal gala dinner, a cabaret party and a festive pantomine- there couldn’t be more available for you with Cruise & Maritime…

All your Christmas cruises are all here in one place…

What did you vote in our poll? What is your opinion on going on a cruise for Christmas? Do you feel pretty strongly about staying at home or do you think being on the seas would be the cherry on the Christmas cake? Let us know below!

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