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    Anyone going/been on a cruise at Christmas?

    As we are mid-way through November already and the festive season is beckoning again I just wondered how many people have ever been on a cruise over Christmas or the New Year or are planning to do so this year ?

    I'd also be interested to know why you decided to get away then? If you've been already did it live up your expectations and would you recommend it to others? was it a lot more expensive than a regular cruise?

    Would love to do it but my missus doesn't cruise so I might have to try a land based getaway at some point, always fancied Switzerland or Austria in the snow as it looks so festive.

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    I love going away at Chritmas - anywhere, anyhow!

    I did a Thomson cruise a few years ago to the Red Sea, and loved it. I cannot think of anything much better than Xmas dinner afloat with a show etc. The ship was well decorated with with festive stuff too. We even had a midnight carol concert.

    The price was a little elevated, but not too bad.

    I felt that I was leaving all of the commercialism that Christmas has become, behind.
    See my cruise blog: HERE

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      #3
      That's interesting Malcolm and I guess going on a British ship will ensure you get a traditional Christmas experience too. It's nice to hear they do make the effort to decorate as well.

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        #4
        Did the Jade 2 years ago(canaries) and doing it again this year(med).

        I think Xmas is cheap at £400 for an OV 10nightd. New years always more expensive.
        (trips before are £280+ or £600 for 21 nights inside)

        The trips starts on the 18 so just before the schools breakup which seems to reduce demand.

        The trick is getting the flights, I use Avios for EU flights so £35 + the miles.

        they did a well balanced mix of Xmas stuff if you wanted it and did festive stuff for the kids as well.

        Great to getaway from the hype in the UK.

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          #5
          That's excellent value Topdeck it would be nice to take the extended family on it but I'm not sure if many of them are seafaring people. Be interested to hear how you get on and I hope you will write a review for us?

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            #6
            Yes we will be on a cruise over Xmas/New Year as we have been every Xmas since 1989 except one ( 2011 when my very inconsiderate husband decided to break his ankle 3 days before sailing )

            Initially we chose Xmas as our main holiday as we were self employed and it was our quietest time of year so it made sense and it was nice to go somewhere hot when it was cold in the UK, can't imagine not going away now.
            Jo

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              #7
              Originally posted by trevor432990, East Sussex View Post
              ...it would be nice to take the extended family on it but I'm not sure if many of them are seafaring people.
              Today’s big ship (especially NCL and RCI) are built for multi-generational families that are NOT remotely interested in the sea or ships!
              See my cruise blog: HERE

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                #8
                I have only done two Christmas cruises, both on MSC, one included New Year too.

                They both went to warm climes and interesting places, Egypt, Tunis, Canaries and I would cruise Christmas/New Year every year given the chance.

                Did MSC make a good job of it? No not really. We made our own entertainment if the truth was known.

                I've seen more excitement in a funeral parlour............Dull...........Wilba
                Wilba

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                  #9
                  We are going with P&O this Christmas and New Year to the Caribbean - never been away at Christmas before and never been to the Caribbean - but as we are getting married on Christmas Eve on board I am hoping that it will be wonderful in every way

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                    #10
                    we have booked a cruise on Oriana for Christmas and New Year this year sailing to the Adriatic......we thought it would be nice to see Venice in wintertime for a change!!
                    This year the price is no dearer for Christmas time on this one , I think they're struggling to fill it, as of course most people would prefer to go to the Caribbean in winter time.....
                    This will be our first cruise over Christmas and New Year.... we have spent the past two Christmases on our own at home as our children all live in Hampshire and have their own family Christmases in their own homes...so we decided this year we'll give a cruise a try and see how we like it!! I think the only thing we'll miss is actually talking to the children on Christmas day itself as we'll be at sea.... but we can talk to them on Christmas Eve instead!!
                    We shall visit them all (5 of them and their families!)to deliver presents, before we board the ship on 15th December.!!

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                      #11
                      I would love to go away for Christmas but hubbie and the family would not like me too. hubbie and I have been on holiday a couple of times for New Year, sadly a land holiday. I cannot get a week or more off work at Christmas/New Year unless it is for something special.
                      don't want to work, just want to cruise.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Lesleyb, Warrington View Post
                        We are going with P&O this Christmas and New Year to the Caribbean - never been away at Christmas before and never been to the Caribbean - but as we are getting married on Christmas Eve on board I am hoping that it will be wonderful in every way
                        congratulations Lesleyb. how lucky to be married on a ship. you will have a fab time and your wedding will be memorable.
                        don't want to work, just want to cruise.

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                          #13
                          We did Norwegian Jade to Israel last Christmas and it was an excellent break. Visiting the Holy Land sites at Christmas was poignant (even though we are both committed atheists).

                          We are doing Western Med and Canary Islands on Norwegian Spirit this year.

                          Cruising over the holiday period in warmer climes cannot be beaten (we do not have kids which does make a difference) - more expensive but a great, relaxing holiday nevertheless.

                          Not having to cook Christmas dinner (and not having to wash up afterwards) - you know it makes sense!
                          If you can read this - thank a teacher
                          If you are reading this in English - thank a soldier

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Lesleyb, Warrington View Post
                            We are going with P&O this Christmas and New Year to the Caribbean - never been away at Christmas before and never been to the Caribbean - but as we are getting married on Christmas Eve on board I am hoping that it will be wonderful in every way
                            Wow ... Congratulations Lesley that must be the ultimate cruise to get spliced onboard ship in a nice sunny climate such as the Caribbean at Christmas. Do come back and let us see some photos ... promise?

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Lesleyb, Warrington View Post
                              We are going with P&O this Christmas and New Year to the Caribbean - never been away at Christmas before and never been to the Caribbean - but as we are getting married on Christmas Eve on board I am hoping that it will be wonderful in every way
                              Wow, congratulations, I am sure it will be fabulous. I do hope you will post us a pic or two when you get back!

                              Have a fabulous wedding and honeymoon cruise around the Caribbean

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