A Thanksgiving Cruise is a perfect way to spend a relaxing vacation with family or friends before the holiday rush starts, and you can enjoy it even more when a sumptuous holiday meal is prepared and served by the accommodating staff on your cruise ship. The most important thing is to book your cruise as far in advanced as possible, since Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays of the year for cruises.
You should also keep in mind that booking airfare through the cruiseline directly may save you money since airfares always are higher during the holiday season. It can also be advantageous to purchase airline tickets through the cruiseline because if there are any delays, the cruiseline will make arrangements to get you onboard the ship in time for the cruise. Be sure to find out what special deals or group discounts are available. As few as 6 people can often qualify for a group rate.
Here are some Thanksgiving Cruise Highlights:
Celebrate with Family and Friends
Celebrate the holiday with a sumptuous Thanksgiving feast after boarding the ship. It will be even more special when you can relax and socialize with your family, while taking a day away from the cooking. Pamper yourself and enjoy the day. Traditional holiday buffets are served in an elegant setting. The cruiselines schedule special activities for the holidays, and the kids and teens in your group can take part in supervised activities geared just for them, while the adults in your party see an exciting live show or try their luck at the ship's casino. Most cruise ships have pools, some with retractable roofs so you can have fun at the pool even during inclement weather. Many of the ships also have waterslides for the kids.
Start a Thanksgiving Tradition
Celebrate Autumn and start a new tradition with your family by spending the Thanksgiving holiday on a luxurious cruise. Choose your destination and the activities you want to experience depending on who will be traveling with you. The Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean and Hawaii are all popular destinations. By preparing well in advance, you'll be able to book the shore excursions that interest you the most, and get the best deals. The islands are beautiful at any time of the year, but especially when you want a break from the cold weather and want to soak up the sun on a white, sandy beach.
Specialty Thanksgiving Cruises
If you can't get away for a week long cruise over the Thanksgiving holiday, you can still celebrate in style on one of the many brunch or dinner cruises that sail from a number of ports throughout the United States. Cruises generally last from two to three hours, and passengers are treated to a sumptuous, traditional Thanksgiving dinner or a non-traditional buffet. Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago and Seattle are among the many cities offering Thanksgiving Day or weekend cruises. Spirit cruises offers lunch or dinner Thanksgiving cruises from a number of ports, and cruisers have the option of lunch or dinner cruises.