Give the Gift of Cruise: 2022 Holiday Cruises

A cruise is the ULTIMATE holiday gift! - Photo by Canva

There’s no place like a cruise ship for the holidays! From November to January, many cruise lines transform their ships into a winter wonderland at sea, complete with festive decorations and holiday-themed activities for Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s. We’ve rounded up our pick of the top 11 cruises to consider for the 2022 - 2023 holiday season that are perfect to start planning now! 

1. Spend Christmas with Mickey, Minnie, and the Gang: 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Pt. Canaveral Roundtrip) on Disney Fantasy

Cruising with Disney during the holidays is a treat!  - Photo by Disney Cruise Line

No one does a family-friendly holiday cruise like Disney Cruise Line. The combination of decor, themed activities, and entertainment is an absolutely magical experience! On this voyage, expect to see your favorite Disney characters in their holiday attire, sightings of Kris Kringle, and the Disney Fantasy completely transformed into a winter wonderland as only Disney could do. This 7-night voyage sails roundtrip from Port Canaveral and makes stops in Tortola, Charlotte Amalie, and the line’s special private island Castaway Cay. 

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2. Say Aloha to 2023 with Norwegian Cruise Line: 7 Night Hawaiian Islands on Pride of America (Roundtrip Honolulu)

Nothing says tropical holiday vacation more than a cruise to Hawaii! - Photo by Norwegian Cruise Line 

What could be better than spending New Year’s in Hawaii with your family and friends? This inner Hawaiian island voyage on the Pride of America is one of the only cruise itineraries in the world which sails to four Hawaiian islands in just seven days, year-round. The tropical adventure sails roundtrip from Honolulu, and makes stops in Kahului, Hilo, Kailua-Kona, Nawiliwili, and cruises the Napali Coast. 

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3. Trade the Cold for the Caribbean Sunshine with Carnival: 7 Night Western Caribbean Escape (Roundtrip New Orleans) on Carnival Glory 

Shed your hats, coats, mittens, and cold weather gear for this winter 2022 voyage on the Carnival Glory. Departing on December 26, you will spend the holiday season traveling to Roatan, Belize City, Cozumel, and with three fun days at sea, you can explore all of the fantastic amenities the ship has to offer. 

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4. Caribbean Celebration with Cunard: 12 Night Caribbean Route on the Queen Mary 2 from New York City

Travel the Caribbean with Cunard over the holiday season. - Photo by Cunard

Is it your holiday wish to have someone else take care of the decorations and the cooking? Departing from New York City on the Queen Mary 2, this 12-night Cunard voyage spans both Christmas and New Year’s and travels to some of the most picturesque islands of the Caribbean - St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Barbados, Dominica, St. Maarten. Onboard, enjoy all the signature, luxury touches of a Cunard cruise, including a magical three-course Christmas dinner, and a festive New Year’s Eve ball complete with a live band.  

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5. Soak in the Sunshine of the Mexican Riviera with Princess Cruises: 7 Night Adventure on the Discovery Princess from Los Angeles 

Christmas is the perfect time to bask in the sunshine of the Mexican Riviera - Photo by Canva

Pack your flip-flops and tell Santa to deliver your presents to the Discovery Princess - you are headed to the fabulous Mexican Riviera! This 7-night adventure departs on Dec. 21, offering the perfect Christmas vacation. Sailing from Los Angeles, port stops include Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and features three days at sea so guests can explore the ship’s numerous amenities. 

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6. Let Royal Caribbean Take Care of Your Thanksgiving Feast: 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Voyage on Harmony of the Seas (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Forget the turkey preparations and kitchen cleanup - you are headed to the Caribbean for Thanksgiving! This exciting week-long voyage is the perfect family getaway. Sailing roundtrip from Port Canaveral, itinerary highlights include stops in Charlotte Amalie, Basseterre, and Royal Caribbean’s spectacular private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay. You will also get three at sea days to enjoy everything that Harmony of the Seas has to offer. 

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7. Cruise Along the Rhine with Viking River Cruises: 7 Night River Cruise on the Viking Alruna (Basel to Amsterdam)

The Christmas Markets of Europe are a holiday treat! - Photo by Canva

This 7-night adventure on the Viking Alruna is the perfect way to take part in time-honored European holiday traditions. Stroll along the colorful holiday stalls, mingle with locals, and sample some of the fabulous treats on this dream cruise. This cruise departs from Basel, and sails to Breisach Am Rhein, Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Rudesheim, Cologne, Kinderdijk, and departs in Amsterdam. 

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8. Once in a Lifetime Panama Canal Adventure with Holland America Line: 14 Night Voyage from San Diego to Ft. Lauderdale on Zuiderdam 

Check the Panama Canal off your bucket list with a holiday cruise. - Photo by Holland America Line

Has it always been your dream to cruise the Panama Canal? This 2023 cruise is for you! Just after your 2023 New Year’s celebrations, you will board the Zuiderdam in San Diego for a trip of a lifetime. On this 14-night voyage, you will spend five total nights at sea and make port stops in Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco, Puerto Quetzal, Puerto Corinto, Puerto Caldera, Cartagena. On day 11, you will transit the Panama Canal - a truly unforgettable experience. The voyage ends as you debark in Fort Lauderdale.  

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9. Spectacular Mediterranean Vacation with MSC Cruises: 7 Night Western Mediterranean Sailing on MSC Fantasia from Barcelona

A European adventure for Christmas? Yes, please! This exciting cruise on the MSC Fantasia visits some of the most spectacular destinations in all of the Mediterranean. Sailing roundtrip from Barcelona, port stops include Marseille, Genoa, Cinque Terre, and Palma de Mallorca. You will also get one fun at sea day to explore everything this exciting ship has to offer. 

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10. Ring in the New Year with Celebrity Cruises: 4 Night Western Caribbean on Celebrity Summit (Miami Roundtrip)

Ring in the New Year with Celebrity! - Photo by Celebrity Cruises

Is there any better place to ring in the New Year than a cruise ship? We think not! This four-night sailing from Miami on Celebrity Summit makes a stop in Cozumel and includes two fun-at-sea days. Celebrity Cruises, never known for skipping a party, will go all out for the evening to make it an unforgettable New Year's experience. The celebration will include a countdown bash with a live band, party favors, and midnight champagne. Cheers to 2023! 

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11. Epic Antarctic Holiday Adventure with Crystal Expedition Cruises: 11 Night Expedition to Antarctica on Crystal Endeavor (Ushuaia Roundtrip)

The Christmas Markets of Europe are a holiday treat! - Photo by Canva

Dreaming of a White Christmas? This once-in-a-lifetime, 11-night luxury Antarctic expedition with Crystal Cruises is just for you. Your adventure will begin aboard the Crystal Endeavor in Ushuaia, Argentina. You will travel to some of the most remote, polar destinations in the world to explore extraordinary wildlife and stunning landscapes that few have ever seen. Itinerary highlights include cruising the Drake Passage, South Shetland Islands, and cruising the Antarctic peninsula. This voyage is the ultimate way to cap out 2022 and ring in 2023! 

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