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Why you should go on a Christmas cruise with Princess Cruises – from gingerbread house making to meeting Santa

Author: Lucy Abbott

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Princess Cruises celebrates any special occasion in style – especially Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Expect copious amounts of tinsel and festive cheer, all washed down with a glass of eggnog, of course.

Can’t face cooking this Christmas dinner this year? Or can’t you bear to see the cat knock the Christmas tree over again? Either way, Christmas should be full of food, presents and joy with zero stress.

Wave goodbye to Christmas panic with Princess Cruises, who offer a range of Christmas and New Year’s Eve cruises packed with nothing but festive cheer.

Drift around your Princess Cruises vessel, jolly on Christmas spirit (and eggnog) and pick and choose which festive activities appeal to you onboard – from the Christmas tree lighting ceremony to an ugly jumper competition.

If this sounds like your ideal Christmas, then look no further than Princess Cruises – read on to discover how the line makes your Christmas extra special.

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Christmas tree lighting

Does it get any more festive than watching the warm gold and red lights fill up a room for the first time in the year?

Get in your festive feels with Princess Cruises while watching the magic of the Christmas tree lighting - gather in the Piazza for a ‘lighting of the lights’ event that you’ll never forget.

And you won’t have to wait too long to be dazzled by the bright lights as the lighting takes place on the first evening of each voyage – get out your glitziest dress for this one.

The cherry on top is the live festive music and a choice of hot chocolate, mulled wine or eggnog to sip on that accompanies this festive event.

Another light-filled event is the Hanukkah candle-lighting service, which is a daily service.

Feel festive with the whole family when decorating a gingerbread house. Credit: Princess Cruises

Gingerbread house making

Feel like you’re right in an episode of ‘The Great British Bake off’ and get your apron on to construct an impressive (or embarrassingly lacklustre – hey, we don’t judge) gingerbread house.

Team up with your partner or family unit and get creative as you’ll be judged by a range of onboard chefs and maybe even the captain themselves.

The winning team’s gingerbread house will take pride in place near the food and beverage professional display – ensure you snap a victory picture next to your masterpiece.

Kids will be forever engaged at the chance of receiving a present at these festive events. Credit: Princess Cruises

T’was the night before Christmas

Who doesn’t like a good story? Sit back, relax and keep the kids entertained with a dramatic reading of T’was the night before Christmas, Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

What’s more, children are encouraged to wear their pyjamas and cosy up on the floor beneath the impressive Christmas tree to create a truly special Christmas eve.

If you are a keen caroller, then you’ll be pleased to know that there is the opportunity to take part in a Christmas carol in The Piazza – snow machine at the ready.

Father Christmas will bring festive cheer onboard. Credit: Princess Cruises

Meet Father Christmas

What’s Christmas without the big man himself, Father Christmas?

Head to the Aft Lounge on Christmas Eve to meet Father Christmas in his big red chair and snap a photo that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Not forgetting the most important thing – presents! There will be a youth gift giveaway to get excited about too.

Children will also be delighted at the possibility of Santa popping into the youth centre throughout the cruise.

There are countless activities for the family, like cookie decorating for kids. Credit: Princess Cruises

Fun activities for all the family

That’s not all the festive fun to be had onboard (believe it or not), Princess Cruises also host a holiday card-making session, an ugly sweater holiday-themed sweater competition and themed trivia.

Additionally, there’s a whole host of film screenings across the festive period – from ‘A Christmas Carol’ to ‘Love Actually’.

Children of all ages are accounted for with a wide range of youth and teen centre activities such as ornament making and colouring sheets for the little ones and cooking decorating for teens.

The main event for the whole family is the Holiday Wishes show. Unique to whichever ship you are sailing on, this show includes countless Christmas songs sung by the talented entertainment crew.

Dance your way into the New Year in The Wheelhouse. Credit: Princess Cruises

Party into the new year

Three, two, one and happy New Year! Welcome in the New Year like never before the Princess Cruises’ way.

Start the special night off in the Main dining room for a Gala Night Dinner, dressed to the nines of course, and indulge in some delicious food – you might as well make your last meal of the year a good one (calories don’t count on NYE, right?).

Stomachs full and spirit high, you’ll then head to boogie to the live music with a countdown to midnight. When midnight rolls around there will be one big countdown in the form of The Traditional Big Count Down Party with the Cruise Director and Party Band. Alternatively, you can party into the New Year in Rock in the New Year in Club 6 or The Sophisticated Party in the Wheelhouse.

What better way to start the New Year than being surrounded by fellow cruise lovers?

A Christmas and New Year cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and there’s no better cruise line to sail with than Princess Cruises, who look after every detail and go to every length for you to start the new year in the best way possible.

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About Lucy Abbott

Lucy is an experienced cruise journalist, who has sailed on a variety of ships, from expedition to river – with her favourite being expedition cruising.

Lucy reports on what it’s like to be a young cruiser and is interested in new sustainable ways to cruise as well as how cruising is becoming accessible for all.

She works together with Kaye Holland to keep the World of Cruising website up to date with all the latest cruise news.