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7 Reasons to Book a Family Holiday Cruise Now, Before They Sell Out – Crown Cruise Vacations


7 Reasons to Book a Family Holiday Cruise Now, Before They Sell Out

Sophisticated Cruise Specialists at Crown Cruise Vacations Provide Exclusive Offers, Exceptional Value & Unparalleled Service

Princeton, N.J. (July 27, 2016) – Holiday cruise vacations offer families a chance to enjoy the holidays in relaxed and fun ways, says Crown Cruise Vacations President Ross Spalding. And holiday sailings with children-specific programs, all within the inescapable confines of the cruise ship, are definitely a wonderful way for a family to celebrate the holidays – whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah or other global holidays. But don’t wait too long to plan ahead because holiday cruises tend to sell out early.

Here are 7 reasons to consider a family holiday cruise this year and to book now:

1.  Truly festive atmosphere – After Thanksgiving, the cruise lines get in the holiday spirit by decorating their ships from bow to stern. Some cruise lines spend in excess of $100,000 annually on holiday decorations. Christmas trees, lights, garlands and even artificial snow bring the festive season alive at sea. Hanukkah customs and celebrations also are observed. Religious services of all types are often held aboard.

2.  Special guests – Christmas-time cruises would not be complete without guest appearances from Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elf friends. They make appearances on many ships during the holiday season in the spirit of fun and relaxation leading up to Christmas Day. As expected, Santa’s bag of goodies is full for the kids on board.

3.  New Year’s fun – Ringing in the New Year is a splash aboard a cruise ship. Elaborate parties take place at sea for people of all ages and tastes. Special food, entertainment, toasts, party favors and more make the night memorable. For sports fans, many of the cruise lines offer special all-day tailgate parties to watch New Year’s Day football.

4.  True relaxation – Leave the hustle and bustle (and accompanying stress) of the holidays behind and enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere with the family on a cruise vacation. There is no better way to spend an afternoon in December than lying poolside while sailing across the ocean, or snorkeling through a secluded reef on a cruise line private island.

5.  Unique gifts – A cruise vacation is one holiday gift that will be truly appreciated. Plus, there is interesting shopping onboard the ship and in various ports. Special shipping arrangements can be made to get the gifts home.

If Santa is going to visit the kids, the cruise lines recommend small token gifts that are easy to hide and transport. Leave big gifts at home to open before or after the trip and remember not to wrap presents before you stow them in your luggage, as they may need to be opened for security reasons.

6.  No snow – A holiday cruise is ideal for people looking for a change of scenery as colder weather moves in at home. With Caribbean temperatures typically in the low 80s during November and December, the closest you’ll come to cold weather on a cruise ship is the air conditioning. (Some ships do feature snow falling in the ship’s atrium, but it is man-made and wonderfully designed to melt before hitting the floor.)

7.  Great food – Nobody goes hungry on a cruise vacation, especially during the holidays. A variety of eats are available 24/7. Cruise menus fit the season, with world-class chefs preparing traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, plus special kosher foods during Hanukkah. There are no shortages of gingerbread, cookies, pies and other desserts. Even better… you don’t do the cooking!
The specialists at Crown Cruise Vacations offer these sailings as examples of cruises to choose from for a high-seas family holiday:

4-Night Western Caribbean on Royal Caribbean International’s Brilliance of the Seas sailing Nov. 24, 2016, round-trip Tampa, Fla., with stops in Cozumel, Mexico and two days at sea. Cruise fares start at $412 per person, double occupancy.

7-Night Caribbean on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Gemsailing Nov. 20, 2016: round trip San Juan, Puerto Rico, with stops in Barbados, Martinique, Saint Kitts, St. Maarten and St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands), with one day at sea. Cruise fares start at $799 per person, double occupancy.

10-Night Caribbean on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Gem, sailing Dec. 19, 2016: round trip New York City, with stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Maarten; St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands); Nassua, Bahamas, with five days at sea. Cruise fares start at $899 per person, double occupancy.

For more holiday sailings, search Crown Cruise Vacations here.

Sophisticated cruise specialists at Crown Cruise Vacations provide exclusive offers, exceptional value & unparalleled service and can assist with experienced cruise information and bookings for holiday cruises and all types of cruises. For more information and to book a cruise call 1-877-283-1114 (toll-free USA/Canada), +1-609-945-9801 direct dial or visit

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