Instead of ‘what do you want for Christmas’, ask yourself ‘where do I want for Christmas’, and consider all the different options there are for cruising at this time of year. Why not do something extra special, and take yourself and your loved one(s) on the luxury cruise of a lifetime, enjoying all the classic festive traditions onboard while you’re at it?

Cruise lines tend to go the extra mile throughout the Christmas season, to ensure their guests have an unforgettable time enjoying all their favourite things about Christmas. Think elaborately dressed trees, incredible feasts, mulled wine, and pageantry to rival the best pantomimes and carollers around. On a luxury cruise ship, guests can expect all these brilliant features to be of an impeccable standard, and know that all staff onboard will truly go above and beyond to ensure that the cruise is an extra special one.

What can be expected on a luxury Christmas cruise?

Outstanding Cuisine

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Cruise lines such as Viking Ocean Cruises, Oceania Cruises, and Saga Ocean Cruises have all won awards for their dining experiences, and so guests can anticipate the very best of the best when it comes to festive fare. Traditional Christmas dinners will be of the highest standard, as will the array of alternative options; kosher, vegetarian, and other dining needs will usually be met with ease. Take the extra stress of cooking and hosting out Christmas, and enjoy being spoiled with all the culinary treats you could want onboard a luxury cruise ship.

Superb Range of Drinks

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Whether your Christmas tipple is usually sherry, cherry brandy, or Irish cream, the array of drinks onboard a luxury cruise ship will not disappoint. Of course guests can expect mulled wine, egg nog, mulled cider, and non-alcoholic punch, in addition to the usual extensive bar menus of cocktails, wines, whiskies, and more. Attentive stewards will always be at hand to refresh your beverage, and greet you with a crisp, chilled glass of Champagne.

Perfect Pampering

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Spoil yourself on a luxury cruise at this time of year by making the most of onboard spas, salons, and other opportunities to relax. The spa facilities offered by luxury cruise lines like Silversea and Regent Seven Seas are incredible; here you can let yourself sink into a world of calm at the hands of a world-class masseuse, gain invaluable health and lifestyle advice from onboard specialists, and feel fabulous after a rejuvenating, personalised facial. As well as this, or if the spa doesn’t sound like your sort of thing, simply taking time to chill out by the pool, or with a book in the library will leave you feeling fresh and revitalised.

Exceptional Service

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Staff onboard luxury cruise lines are well-trained in the needs and wants of their guests. Many passengers will enjoy the services of their own personal butler with cruise lines like Azamara Cruises and Celebrity Cruises, but even those without this can rest in the knowledge that they will be well-taken care of. In addition to waiters and bartenders, stewards, entertainers, receptionists, and anyone else you might encounter will be only too happy to help make your cruise the best it can be.

An Opulent Atmosphere

Luxury cruise ships are known for their grand atriums, plush decor and finishes, and sumptuous furnishings. At Christmas each of these are only enhanced, giving passengers a thoroughly unique and special experience. In addition to the lavish surroundings, many guests find that the ambience is enriched due to the smaller size of the ship. This generally means fewer guests and fewer children, allowing for a more mature and calm atmosphere.

Extra-Special Festive Features

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Whether in the form of choir concerts, extravagant balls, religious services, or Cunard’s incredible extensive gingerbread village, most luxury cruise lines can boast that they really do think of some sensational extras for their guests during the festive season. With these events, and stunning decorations to boot, Christmas onboard a luxury cruise ship is an unforgettable experience that everyone should try at least once.

With a great selection of luxury cruises to choose from, the only problem will be deciding which destination you want to explore next.