If someone gave you a super deal for a great vacation but it was a trip that was coming up soon, would you pack your bags and travel or bag the trip, and the stay home?
December is a funky month for the cruise industry. Some people love the idea of taking off and getting out of dodge for the holidays while others prefer to stick close to home. One thing for sure though is, if you hit the high seas over the holidays, you’ll be welcomed on board with the most festive holiday ambiance you can imagine!
Princess Cruises gets all “Decked Out”
One of our biggest partners in the cruise industry is Princess Cruises. Their ships cover the globe, regardless of the time of year. But when the holidays approach, they really deck themselves out to get their guests in the mood.
Princess guests get to enjoy all the sights and sounds of the season on the line’s incredible vessels throughout the world. Each ship is decked out with traditional décor celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s from stern to stern. Decorations include wreaths, holly, mistletoe and of course, Christmas trees.
Carolers roam the decks as well singing holiday classics to coincide with the festive spirit. You’ll see waiters donning Santa hats and the entertainment productions gear themselves up for the holidays as well.
Princess offers a very special Christmas dinner that features traditional favorites such as roast turkey or goose, along with a range of seasonal sweet treats such as gingerbread mousse, mincemeat pie, chocolate Yule logs and special Christmas cookies.
For guests who celebrate Hanukkah, a special area of the ship is reserved for those participating in services, and the ships display menorahs and fresh flower arrangements that are decorated in the Hanukkah colors of blue, silver and white. Kosher means are available throughout the sailing when requested in advance, and dining rooms feature specialty items such as potato latkes, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish and matzo during the holiday.
New Year’s Eve
Princess ships welcome each new year in style with a fun-filled New Year's Eve party complete with music, confetti, noise-makers and, of course, champagne to join the ship staff in a toast to the arrival of January 1. These always-popular festivities can range from casual to black-tie affairs, depending on the ship and itinerary.
And once the new year arrives, football fans will be pleased to know they won't miss the day's traditional college bowl games, as the telecasts will be shown (if available) in a shipboard lounge, complete with a full buffet of "munchies" such as popcorn, chips, mini hot dogs or burgers and other assorted goodies.
In all, Princess' holiday cruises are the perfect way to enjoy a joyful and stress-free "what you want, when you want" holiday away from the usual hustle and bustle of the season.
It really isn't to late to book a holiday trip either. Their “Drop and Go” program features deeply discounted last minute cruises for those of you that can get away at a moment’s notice. And believe it or not, there are plenty of departures that include both the Christmas and New Year’s Eve sailings.
If you’re thinking you’re in the mood to travel and can get up and go, you might want to give it a whirl! There’s no better time to travel than now!
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Journeys for Women is perfect for women who love to travel but don't want to travel alone. We are a diverse group that includes women from age 18-80. What we share is a love of fun and adventure.