Cruises

No, it’s not too late to spend your holiday on a cruise

While many Christmas cruises are already booked, most lines still have cabins available.

While many Christmas cruises are already booked, most lines still have cabins available.  (iStock)

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.