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Old 07-24-2009, 03:37 PM
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My family & I want to do a Christmas cruise but we aren't sure if it will be as Christmasy as we usually enjoy at home. Do they really do many decorations? Are the meals any different because it's a holiday? How about the shows...are they holiday themed? Thanks for any info you can give me!
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:01 PM
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My experience cruising during the holiday season has been on RCI, Carnival, Holland-America, and Disney. The only one that I recall having a holiday show was Disney. Disney's ship of course was the most decorated including a giant gingerbread house. Large enough to walk through if it hadn't been off limits to do so! The other cruise lines had very nice decorations. They had several decorated trees, wreaths and garlands throughout the ship in the show lounge, atrium area, and stair rails. RCI also had a Christmas display outside the Windjammer Cafe with miniature gingerbread houses. Yes, they do serve a Christmas meal. Tom Turkey is popular for the holiday.
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Old 07-27-2009, 10:37 AM
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Hi crafter315, I cannot think of a better way to spend Christmas than on a ship. Especially if that ship is in the Caribbean This year, we're going a week before Chrisrmas, but the ship will still be decorated beautifully. Last year we did Christmas and New Years, that was awesome! Let us know if you decide to go, you'll have a ball.
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Old 07-27-2009, 03:05 PM
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Christmas Eve at sea is a phenomenal life experience - The ships are all done up in style and looking their best, the crews go out of their way to make it warm, relaxing and merry! The evening meal will be something else and the show will remain in your memory for years to come!!! You will spend one of your best Christmas Holidays ever!!

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Old 08-18-2009, 08:10 AM
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Hi Crafter315,

We are going on a Christmas cruise too - the Emerald Princess Decemember 20 into the Caribbean. Just the idea of being away from all the hustle and rat race of Xmas is what is driving us. So, hopefully, Princess will not go too "over the top" with decorations,etc. A nice meal Christmas Eve and a nice dinner on Christmas Day - that would be wonderful. Hey, in my opinion, any meal is fine as long as I do not have to PREPARE it. Ha Ha. I was on a Halloween cruise last fall and Norwegian really went to town with the Halloween Party that night and I was very impressed with all the passengers who brought costumes on board. I am telling you some of those costumes would have taken an additional suitcase. Staff got very into the Halloween mood and the entire day and evening was fabulous so I am looking forward to seeing what PRincess will do for Xmas but I won't be disappointed if there is only minimal. Cheers.
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:45 AM
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Pink845, it should be glorious. They will have Santa visit. The Emerald will be beautifully decorated (she's a gorgeous ship). The food will be fantastic, they usually offer turkey and dressing, plus some types of fantastic duck, pork, and seafood offerings. Depending on the itinerary, you might have a formal evening. They will leave a Christmas stocking with some goodies in your room. Sure wish I was sailing with y'all
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