This year, leave the cooking and party planning to someone else, and spend your Christmas of New Year’s on a cruise ship. 

The most popular cabin choices on the most coveted itineraries can sell out as far as a year in advance.  But most lines have some options available still. Here, some choices to consider if you want to let someone else deck the halls this year:

Silver Whisper, Silversea Cruises
Dec. 19, 2014 – January 5, 2015
From Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles through the Panama Canal

From $7850 per person double occupancy

The highlight of the cruise:  This sailing celebrates Christmas (with mulled wine and Santa Claus) and New Year’s Eve (with Champagne, streamers, party hats, and noisemakers), and also has a rabbi for Hanukkah who will light a menorah with guests.

[image]Crystal Symphony, Crystal Cruises
Dec. 21, 2014 – January 5, 2015
Round trip out of Singapore to Cambodia, Vietnam and Hong Kong

From $7425 per person double occupancy

The highlight of the cruise:  A black-tie optional New Year’s Eve dinner with Champagne, live music, a balloon drop, and a spectacular view of the fireworks in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor.

[image]Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean
Dec. 21, 2014 – Dec. 28, 2014
Round trip out of Fort Lauderdale to The Bahamas, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas

From $1597 per person double occupancy

The highlight of the cruise:  Christmas will include a parade, featuring Santa Claus of course, as well as a Gingerbread Village and Christmas-themed cocktails.

Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Cruise Line
Dec. 20, 2014 – Dec. 27, 2014
Round trip out of Miami to St. Thomas, St. Martin and Nassau

From $999 per person double occupancy

The highlight of the cruise: This ship is a celebration of Miami, and you shouldn’t disembark without feasting on local Florida seafood in Celeb Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Ocean Blue restaurant, but we suggest having a traditional Christmas dinner in the main dining room, which includes egg nog and a Yule log cake nd Christmas cookies for dessert.

[image]Carnival Breeze, Carnival Cruises
Dec. 28, 2014 – January 3, 2015
Round trip out of Miami to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Mexico

From $729 per person double occupancy

The highlight of the cruise: New Year’s Eve includes a party with party favors, noise makers, and a champagne toast. Best of all, on this ship, you can expect a full evening, with impressive late-night comedy acts and dancing late into the night in the Liquid Nightclub.

[image]Eurodam, Holland America Line
Dec. 28, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Round trip out of Fort Lauderdale to Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay (a private island)

From $699 per person double occupancy

The highlight of the cruise:  After dinner in Tamarind, the ship’s new Pan-Asian restaurant, celebrate New Year’s Eve in the ship’s B.B. King Blues Club. For New Year’s Day, treat yourselves to a poolside cabana.

MSC Divina, MSC Cruises
Dec. 20, 2014 – Dec. 27, 2014
Round trip out of Miami to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, The Bahamas, and Mexico

From $599 per person double occupancy

The highlight of the cruise:  Christmas day includes a visit from Santa (who will have presents for kids), Christmas carolers, and Christmas-themed cooking classes for kids as well as a Christmas Eve gala dinner that features lobster tail, turkey with chestnuts, and panettone.