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Cruises during the Christmas holidays

Christmas is an exciting time of year, why not celebrate it further with a cruise to some of the world's most popular destinations for the ultimate family getaway!

Take a look at our Christmas Holidays cruises in 2020 and 2021 below and find your ideal cruise for you and your family during the school holidays.

When are the Christmas holidays?

School Christmas holidays in the UK typically begin a few days before Christmas and until the first week of January, offering a two-week-long break for pupils during the festive period.

2020 Christmas holidays start around the 18th December 2020 until the 4th January 2021, however, we advise you to check with your child's school before booking. For 2021, the school Christmas holidays are looking to start and end around the same time.

Christmas cruise destinations

Popular family cruise destinations in the Christmas holidays include:

  • Caribbean - Island-hop your way through the festive season calling at the Bahamas or Royal Caribbean's private island of CocoCay
  • Dubai - Winter is a great time to visit Dubai and Abu Dhabi for pleasant weather
  • Europe - Families on a budget can wrap up warm and enjoy a festive cruise to Amsterdam, Bruges or Hamburg
  • Canary Islands - Cruise from Southampton for two weeks of warmer weather of the coast of Africa

What to expect on a Christmas cruises

Cruising during the Christmas holidays is an exciting and unforgettable experience. The ships tend to decorate public areas with Christmas trees and baubles and offer specially-designed menus for festive fun. On New Year's Eve, you can celebrate in style with a fantastic meal and an evening of entertainment. Whether you choose a cold-weather cruise in Europe or somewhere with year-round sunshine like the Caribbean or the Middle East, you're sure to have a great time.

When to book a Christmas cruise

Christmas is a popular time for cruising and cruise ships can book up quickly. Particularly if you're travelling with children, it's important that you book as far in advance as you can for the best availability for family cabins. Browse our selection of Christmas holiday sailings below and call our Cruise Concierge team on 0808 1234 118 for expert advice and a tailor-made quote.

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