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7 of the best Christmas cruises for 2022 & 2023

By Cruise International | 15 Dec 2021

Drawn to a cruise over Christmas? From relaxing on white-sand beaches to exploring snow-dusted Christmas markets, a Christmas cruise is the perfect chance to escape over the festive season.

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Top 7 Christmas Cruises

Turkey, mince pies and carols isn’t everyone’s idea of a perfect Christmas – so if you want to get away from it all, these seven Christmas cruises are a great choice, whether you want to explore Europe’s enchanting Christmas markets or relax on white-sand beaches in Caribbean.

Don’t worry about missing out on the festivities, either, with most cruise lines offering a whole host of festive activities on board during their Christmastime cruises. Read on for seven of the best Christmas cruises departing in 2022 and 2023.

Caribbean with Holland America Line

The most popular cruise region in the world, December is the perfect time to enjoy a beautiful cruise to the Caribbean, following the official end of the hurricane season. There is almost limitless choice in terms of ships and itineraries, with all the major players dedicating prized members of their fleet to the region.

Our top pick is a round-trip voyage with Holland America Line departing from Florida on 11 December 2022, that calls in at all the most famous Caribbean destinations, from Aruba to the Dominican Republic. On board, there’s the likes of Christmas Eve parties, carols by the piano, religious services, a yule log parade, holiday movies and lights, trees and wreaths throughout the ship, as you dine on the likes of filet mignon as well as traditional favourites like turkey and goose.

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 11 Dec 2022-28 Dec 2022. For more info visit Holland America Line.

Amsterdam & Copenhagen with P&O Cruises

Ice skaters on the frozen Prince’s Canal in Amsterdam © iStock

Ice skaters on the frozen Prince’s Canal in Amsterdam © iStock

If you’re looking for a cruise holiday to perfectly complement the festive season, a P&O cruise to Amsterdam might just be the perfect choice. Home to one of Europe’s best loved and biggest Christmas markets, Amsterdam and Copenhagen are awash with festive spirit at this time of the year.

Departing on 19 December 2022, you’ll explore explore the markets of Amsterdam as well as the Belgian city of Zeebrugge, beautiful Copenhagen and charming Oslo during a ten-night, no-fly roundtrip from Southampton, enjoying celebrations on board like gala dinners and festive music.

Southampton to Southampton, 19 December 2022-29 December 2022. For more information visit P&O Cruises.

Canary Islands with Marella Cruises

If you fancy a bit of sun outside of the summer season while remaining in Europe, the Canary Islands are your best bet. Geographically closer to Africa than Europe, the Canary Islands can reach balmy temperatures of up to 22°C during December.

With endless stretches of beautiful beaches and quieter town centres than during the summer months, the Canary Islands are a truly relaxing winter sun destination. Tui-owned line Marella Cruises offers a week-long cruise visiting the area’s icons, like Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Funchal in Madeira, with a spa and indoor cinema to enjoy alongside all the usual Christmas festivities.

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, 19 December 2022-26 December 2022. For more information visit Marella Cruises.

Antarctica with Seabourn

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The ultimate once-in-a-lifetime journey, a voyage to Antarctica is a bucket-list journey to the world’s final frontier that makes for an unforgettable Christmas. From Zodiac trips out to spot penguins and whales to cruising past giant glaciers and icebergs, this is the ultimate Christmas cruise.

Luxury cruise line Seabourn offers a three-week voyage in December on their purpose-built expedition ship Seabourn Venture, calling in at vibrant Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica over 21 days, alongside their signature gourmet dining and stylish, ultra-modern cabins.

Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, 14 December 2022-4 January 2023. For more information visit Seabourn.

The Norwegian Fjords with Hurtigruten

Embrace the cold with a cruise through the Norwegian fjords next Christmas by exploring the beautiful scenery and charming capital cities of Scandinavia, all snow-capped hills flanking frosty fjords – the ultimate festive setting! Feast on local delicacies and warm up in your cabin at night before stepping out to spot the magical Northern Lights.

Get to the heart of Norway’s coastline with Scandinavia experts Hurtigruten, sailing past more than 100 fjords and 1,000 mountains with optional hikes and seasonal excursions – plus, if you don’t spot the aurora during your cruise, Hurtigruten will give you another six or seven-day voyage free of charge.

Bergen to Bergen, 21 December 2022-2 January 2023. For more information visit Hurtigruten.

Central America with Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Want to escape to the sun over Christmas? Why not head to the white-sand beaches, wildlife-filled jungles and vibrant cities of central America, contrasting the cities of Miami and LA in between?

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ iconic Christmas voyages are a true festive delight, as they transform their ships into winter wonderlands alongside signature unlimited shore excursions. Regent offer a two-week, sun-soaked cruise that explores the Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Colombia and Mexico before arriving in the bright lights of Los Angeles in the New Year.

Miami to Los Angeles, 20 December 2022-5 January 2023. For more information visit Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Galapagos Islands with Silversea

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The Galapagos Islands have to be seen to be believed, from their volcanic plains to their dazzling underwater world and fascinating wildlife, from marine iguanas to giant tortoises. Where better to spend Christmas than at such a bucket-list destination?

Silversea offers a 12-day voyage that calls in at all of the Galapagos’ most famous islands like Isabela and San Cristobal, spotting all manner of species on included excursions before returning to Silversea’s signature first-class service and gourmet cuisine alongside ocean-view, butler-served suites that are some of the most spacious in luxury cruising.

San Cristobal to San Cristobal, December 17 2022-December 28th 2022. For more information visit Silversea.

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