Spice Up The Holidays With A Cruise Vacation



Holiday cruises are gaining in​ popularity,​ and cruise lines have responded with a​ wide variety of​ itineraries to​ suit every taste. Whether it's a​ Christmas gift for Mom or​ a​ way to​ escape the​ hectic rush of​ December,​ a​ cruise provides an​ excellent value and a​ perfect chance to​ spend quality time with the​ family.

Cruise vacationers don't have to​ leave their traditional holiday observances at​ home,​ either. in​ addition to​ special holiday festivities,​ entertainment and decorations,​ on-board clergy conduct Catholic,​ Protestant and Jewish services. Some ships also accommodate Kwanzaa celebrations.

"It's a​ great time to​ cruise because the​ kids are out of​ school and the​ grandparents can come along,​ too,​" said Gloria Sanderson of​ Chicago.

Sanderson says cruising over the​ holidays with three generations of​ Sandersons has become a​ new family tradition.

"The important thing is​ being together,​" she said. "We still have a​ big holiday dinner with all the​ trimmings,​ but without having to​ cook and clean up."

A wide selection of​ holiday cruises ranging from seven to​ 21 days is​ available from Holland America Line. Most sailings are in​ the​ warm blue waters of​ the​ Caribbean,​ and most of​ those call at​ Half Moon Cay,​ Holland America's private Bahamian island.

Additionally,​ Holland offers a​ cruise along the​ Mexican Riviera and,​ for the​ ultimate white Christmas,​ the​ line's Amsterdam flagship will spend Christmas with the​ penguins,​ visiting Antarctica on​ December 25.

Holland America's on-board festivities include holiday decorations,​ special movie showings,​ traditional dinner selections,​ religious services and a​ Christmas show by the​ crew on​ Christmas Eve. the​ line also arranges to​ broadcast some college bowl games on​ board the​ ship.

"There are facilities and programs for the​ kids,​ and plenty of​ different activities for us and the​ grandparents,​" said Doug Sanderson,​ Gloria's husband. "We can be as​ active or​ relaxed as​ we​ want,​ and it's a​ lot warmer on​ a​ cruise than it​ is​ in​ Chicago!"

And if​ you think that a​ holiday cruise will break the​ bank,​ Holland America has seven-day sailings starting at​ $899 per person,​ and even lower promotional prices.





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