There are dozens of great ways to celebrate the holidays. You can stay home, visit friends, visit family, and then there’s my favorite: sailing the blue Caribbean Sea on a swanky cruise ship! What makes it so special? Glad you asked!
Decor provided. A cruise ship is a beautiful vessel, but adorned with garland and festooned with Christmas trees, it is a special place indeed. Best of all, you don’t have to put it up and you don’t have to take it down. You can even bring a wreath or garland along for your door if you want. But no trees and lights, please. Your steward will confiscate.
Fabulous food. You needn’t cook and you’ll never have to clean. The willing staff will serve you regally and feed you extremely well. There will be some seasonal favorites added to the menu and every meal will be a feast.
Entertainment. The entertainment staff will present lavish shows and you can participate in holiday karaoke or a festive sing-along in the piano bar.
Relax and enjoy your companions. Sail with your family and actually have time to enjoy your time together. Get together for a card game. Enter the slot machine tournament together or just linger over coffee and catch up with each other’s lives. There are no errands to run or chores to get done.
You’re actually going somewhere! Rather than snooze on the sofa in Uncle Bernie’s family room, you’re out seeing and doing, You’re snorkeling a coral reef, climbing a Mayan temple, visiting a Spanish fort or walking along a shell-strewn beach–different experiences to make the holiday memorable.
Take a new approach to shopping for gifts. Rather than bring presents along, you can do what we do–shop on board and in port. On the ship, you’ll find gorgeous jewelry, wonderful perfumes, candy, beachwear, electronics and ship logo wear. In port, there are all of those things–and more. You might even do what we did when we have a big family group together. Our rules were simple: buy everyone a gift in port or on the ship and no gift could cost more than $10. When Christmas morning rolled around, we gathered in a beautifully decorated lounge and exchanged gifts. There were flowery pareos, leather belts, onyx chess sets and wind chimes. There were hot sauces, calypso and reggae Christmas CDs, Red Stripe beer beach towels, tee shirts, jewelry, tote bags–a wonderful, imaginative assortment of treasured souvenirs that will be remembered for years to come.
Sound good? Trust me, it is. If you’d like to know more, call us at 7 Seas Cruises or write firstname.lastname@example.org. Our toll-free number is 1-866-424-1090. Ask for my “Tips for Christmas Cruising” newsletter, too. For Christmas 2014, there’s still time to book. We’re finding holiday prices to be more reasonable than in recent years and there seems to be plenty of availability right now. I wish you a happy holiday at sea! -Teri