Passengers will be transported on a cruising winter wonderland this festive season with Princess Cruises decking the halls with holiday décor from bow to stern.
Snow will fall from the multi-storey atriums on all ships except the line’s smaller vessels, Pacific Princess and Ocean Princess and will vanish on contact removing the need for passengers to rug up for the experience.
A Christmas tree will feature on the mast, carolers will stroll the public areas and holiday activities abound including a gingerbread house-building competition and holiday card making.
Seasonal entertainment will be featured onboard with a Christmas variety show and the opportunity for passengers to take part in a holiday-themed Pop Choir.
Giant screens around the ship, along with stateroom televisions, will be transformed into a virtual fire place with a traditional burning Yule log and holiday films will be screened on the ‘Movies Under the Stars’ screen.
Santa will also make an appearance and passengers will receive their own stocking delivered to their cabin on Christmas Eve.
“The festive atmosphere onboard makes the holidays our passengers’ favourite time to cruise,” Princess executive vice president Jan Swartz said.
Catholic mass and non-denominational church services will also be offered performed by the onboard clergy and Hanukkah will also be celebrated onboard from 20-28 December.
The Festival of Lights and special Hanukkah activities will take place on board with services held and menorahs and fresh flower arrangements displayed.
Traditional holiday fare will be served for the season, including slow-roasted Vermont turkey and English Christmas pudding. Crew member’s home countries will also be saluted with ‘Horizon Court’ serving up holiday dishes from around the world and Kosher meals available on request.
Young cruisers can attend holiday parties for their age group, make Christmas decorations for display on the centre’s Christmas tree and sing carols for passengers along with a host of other holiday-themed activities.
A senior officer will read “The Night Before Christmas” on Christmas Eve and for young Jewish cruisers, “Sammy Spider’s First Hannukah” will be read.
Parents will also have the opportunity to enjoy some ‘adult-exclusive’ time on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve with free late-night group children-sitting on offer.
“Our welcoming crew members take the worry out of all holiday preparations, and what better way to celebrate than with a winter snowfall – even on a tropical cruise vacation.”
This all sounds so wonderful! My ever growing bucket list includes cruising over Christmas and New Years…have you ever sailed over the festive season?