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Six Of The Best Festive Christmas Cruise Destinations

Six Of The Best Festive Christmas Cruise Destinations

As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to think about how you can make your Christmas truly special. And what better way than Christmas cruising to some of the world’s most enchanting festive destinations?

From the twinkling lights of Amsterdam to the snowy fjords of Norway, join us as we explore the best Christmas cruise destinations that promise to fill your holidays with magical memories.

Whether you’re exploring last-minute Christmas cruises for 2023 or thinking ahead to Christmas cruises in 2024, we have six spectacular Christmas cruise destinations to inspire you.


Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise

First stop: Amsterdam! Step aboard an Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise to enjoy a dazzling journey through a city transformed into an illuminated wonderland. These Christmas cruises take you along Amsterdam’s canals, where you’ll witness over twenty breathtaking light installations and art pieces that sparkle against the night sky.

As well as these stunning Christmas river cruises, this spectacular European capital has plenty more to offer at this time of year. The city’s festive atmosphere is contagious, with cosy cafes and festive markets adding to the charm.

For a Christmas cruise from the UK to Amsterdam, you’ll find several great options from cruise lines, including Celebrity Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruises and P&O Cruises.

Danube Christmas Cruise

Embark on a mesmerising journey along the Danube, where the magic of Christmas blends with the rich history and stunning landscapes of Europe.

A Danube Christmas Cruise will take you through iconic cities such as Vienna, with its imperial palaces and classical music heritage, and Budapest, known for its breathtaking architecture and thermal baths – all of which are utterly spellbinding at this time of year.

Alongside these urban gems, you can also experience the serene beauty of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site with rolling vineyards and medieval castles. These Christmas river cruises not only showcase the region’s festive allure but also offer a glimpse into their cultural and natural spectacles at one of the most wonderful times of the year.

Cruise lines, including Avalon Waterways, Emerald Cruises and AmaWaterways, offer Christmas and New Year Cruises on the Danube River.

Norway Christmas Cruise

For a winter fairy tale adventure, a Norway Christmas Cruise is unmatched. Picture sailing through majestic fjords, passing snow-covered landscapes and stopping in charming Norwegian villages.

For many, the highlight of these cruises at Christmas is the possibility of witnessing the magical Northern Lights. And with the timing of a Christmas cruise, the odds of seeing this incredible natural phenomenon dancing across the night sky increase.

Several leading cruise lines, including Fred. Olsen Cruises and P&O Cruises, offer Christmas cruises from Southampton that sail to Norway. As a no-fly option, these Christmas cruise deals provide a seamless and stress-free way to visit this wonderful winter wonderland.

Caribbean Christmas Cruise

Looking for a warmer Christmas experience? A Caribbean Christmas Cruise offers a tropical twist to the festive season. Swap snow for white sandy beaches and celebrate under the Caribbean sun.

The Caribbean islands are brimming with vibrant culture and traditions during the holiday season. Each island offers its own festive flair, from light displays and carol singing in Barbados and lively parades in Belize to calypso shows and street fetes in St. Kitts. It’s a Christmas celebration like no other, filled with sunshine, crystal-clear waters, and island rhythms.

You’ll find some outstanding all-inclusive Christmas cruises to the Caribbean with cruise lines such as Marella Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line.

German Christmas Markets Cruise

Experience the heart of holiday traditions with a German Christmas Markets Cruise. Sail through Germany’s most festive cities, where the spirit of Christmas comes alive with their bustling street festivities.

Meander beautifully decorated stalls in cities like Cologne, Nuremberg, and Dresden, where each market offers a treasure trove of unique gifts, from handcrafted ornaments to traditional German delicacies. The air is filled with the aroma of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, creating a cosy and inviting atmosphere.

Cruise lines, including P&O Cruises, Saga Cruises, Emerald Cruises and Avalon Waterways, offer Christmas market cruises with a variety of captivating itineraries.

New York Christmas Cruise

As festive cruises go, sailing to New York at this time of year has to be one of the most dazzling holiday experiences. As the city that never sleeps puts on its holiday best, you’ll be treated to spectacular views of the iconic skyline adorned with Yuletide lights.

Cruise along the Hudson River and witness famous landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, all while the city’s seasonal spirit envelops you. Onshore, the magic continues as the streets buzz with holiday cheer, showcasing world-class window displays and decorations. Explore the world-renowned Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, ice skate at Central Park, and wander the vibrant holiday markets.

For an extra special Christmas treat, take a look at Cunard’s iconic Transatlantic Crossings on Queen Mary 2. As a Christmas cruise from the UK, these ocean sailings offer elegance and luxury in abundance!

Wherever you choose to cruise this Christmas, each of these destinations promises to make your holiday season unforgettable, offering a festive world of wonder waiting to be explored. To book your Christmas cruise for 2023 or 2024, please get in touch with our cruise specialists.

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