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Thanksgiving cruises from Florida are the perfect antidote to the demands of feeding, housing, and entertaining family members during the holiday. On one of our luxury cruise ships, embark on an unforgettable Thanksgiving cruise vacation to some of the Caribbean’s most coveted destinations.

Savor a hassle-free Thanksgiving dining experience onboard your Celebrity ship featuring a classic turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Watch the big game at the casino bar and join in family-friendly themed game shows. Aside from the feast, you’ll lounge on pristine beaches, experience fascinating marine life, and go on thrilling shore excursions during your cruise vacation. Here are some of the best Thanksgiving cruises from Florida.

1: Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

Celebrity Equinox ship exterior

Celebrity Equinox

Choose between a 9-night or 11-night Caribbean cruise that visits all of the best Southern Caribbean islands while aboard one of Celebrity’s revolutionized ships, Silhouette or Equinox. Onboard, you’ll find exciting activities for family members of every age, interest, and level of activity.

Before sailing down to the popular ABC Islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao, your cruise will stop in Grand Cayman, a paradise full of white sand beaches and stunning marine wildlife. Head to Stingray City, a shallow sandbar where you can swim next to stingrays and hand-feed them. Walk down the shores of Seven Mile Beach, an expansive oasis of pristine sand.

People hanging out at the beach in Aruba


Next, dock in Oranjestad and discover why Aruba is known as “one happy island.” Unwind on one of its stunning beaches, browse its duty-free shops and boutiques, or snorkel your way around Antilla, a major shipwreck where colorful schools of fish abound.

Colorful houses in Willemstad Curacao

Willemstad, Curacao

In Curaçao, discover a Dutch cityscape by the water at its colorful waterfront and historic city center. The pastel-colored buildings make for the perfect backdrop for a stunning Caribbean vacation picture. Aside from its picturesque streets, Curaçao is also a great destination for foodies, who will love trying the island’s cuisine featuring a mix of Indonesian and Dutch flavors.

Couple snorkeling in Bonaire


Dive into the vibrant waters of Bonaire, an island known for its excellent snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. Make your way through its transparent waters and preserved coral reefs, where you’ll spot everything from sea turtles to sea horses. Bonaire also happens to be the only place in the Caribbean where you can play in a barefoot casino.

If you’re on our 11-night cruise, your last stop will be in Cartagena, a walled city full of romance and history. Walk the cobblestoned streets and admire the Spanish buildings and filigreed balconies. Visit the Palace of the Inquisition, and hear stories of pirates and their exploits. Then, you’ll enjoy two more days at sea before setting off on your return to Fort Lauderdale.

2: Mexico, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

A 7-night Thanksgiving cruise from Florida aboard Celebrity Reflection is sure to wow your entire family.

Clear waters and white sand beach of Key West

Key West, Florida

Colorful, charming, and laidback Key West sets the tone for your cruise vacation with swaying coconut palms, a life-is-good atmosphere, and fresh seafood.

Read: Things to Do in Key West With Kids

Marine life in Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico

On Cozumel, eco-parks, jeep tours, ziplining, and ATV rides vie with surfing, jet-skiing, and parasailing for active adventures. Take a boat ride to El Cielo off Cozumel’s shore to meet starfish and stingrays, and snorkel or swim in the incredibly clear water of the Caribbean.

Spend your day in Grand Cayman on Seven Mile Beach, admiring its white and coral sand beach and sparkling blue waters. Parasail, surf, walk the length of the beach, or simply watch the waves roll in. Shop for luxury items at duty-free shops, and take a quick trip to Hell, a geological site filled with black spiky limestone formations, before heading back to your ship.

Clear water of Dunn’s River Falls

Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica

On Thanksgiving Day, stop in Falmouth, Jamaica, where you’ll be surrounded by colorful architecture, scenic waterfalls, and golden-sand beaches. Feast your senses on delicious cuisine like jerk chicken and ackee. Take leisurely swims in the warm waters of Doctor’s Cave Beach, or go on a hike around Dunn’s River Falls, where you’ll climb next to gushing waterfalls. Then make the most of your last day at sea before returning back to Fort Lauderdale.

3: Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao Cruise from Tampa

11-night Thanksgiving cruises from Tampa are ideal for families with more time to enjoy the pleasures of a cruise vacation. Your ports of call are some of the most popular tropical destinations in the Caribbean, and you’ll relax and enjoy your time together aboard Celebrity Constellation.

Your first stop is in Key West, a quirky Florida beach town. Grab a slice of key lime pie and make your way down the famous Duval Street, where you’ll find it hard to resist the festive atmosphere at its restaurants, bars, and shops.

Read: Best Time to Cruise to the Caribbean

People hanging out by the pool

Pool on Celebrity Constellation

Spend a relaxing Thanksgiving Day at sea lounging under the sun by the pool, or relaxing with a good book at the indoor Solarium. In the evening, enjoy special Thanksgiving-themed dishes in all of our restaurants without having to worry about cleaning up afterward.

Then make your way to Bonaire, where pink flamingos, pastel-colored houses, and multi-colored coral reefs make this island a joy to visit. The island’s coast, a marine park, offers some of the best things to do in Bonaire, from spectacular diving to snorkeling and swimming.

Aerial view of Palm Beach with white sands and turquoise waters

Palm Beach, Aruba

Vibrant Caribbean sun, soft white sand, and calm blue waters are found in Aruba, where the whole family can relax and recharge on a catamaran tour of the island, snorkel the vibrant coral reefs, and sunbathe on some of Aruba’s best beaches.  Shop boutiques and the open-air market while you enjoy the sight of candy-colored, colonial-style buildings.

In Willemstad, Curaçao, explore Fort Amsterdam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Swim with dolphins or snorkel to see the beauty of the delicate coral reefs. Marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites on a tour of the Hato Caves.

Family swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman

Stingray City, Grand Cayman

On this Southern Caribbean cruise, you’ll also spend a day in Grand Cayman, where brilliant blue waters lap at white-sand beaches. Swim with gentle stingrays. Sip coconut water right from the shell and enjoy a conch salad. Browse for souvenirs at open-air markets and shop George Town’s duty-free boutiques for luxury items. Watch the sunset back on board your ship before starting the return journey back to Tampa.

4: Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and St. Kitts Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

Colorful houses by the beach in San Juan Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Sail for seven nights on the revolutionary Celebrity Apex for a luxury Thanksgiving cruise from Florida that your family will never forget.

Spend a day at sea exploring the ship that takes luxury and service to a whole new level. Upgrade your holiday with a stay at The Retreat, which grants you exclusive access to The Retreat Sundeck, The Retreat Lounge, and Luminae.

Lush greenery and craggy mountains back the sandy beaches of Puerto Rico. Marvel at the amazing views at the 500-year-old fort in Old San Juan. Take the memorable Bacardi Rum tour with adult family members, or visit the Museo de Art de Puerto Rico.

Turquoise waters of Magens Bay

Magen’s Bay, St Thomas

In St. Thomas, sunbathe and swim along the half-moon shore of Magens Bay, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Or discover another U.S. Virgin Island by taking a short ferry ride over to St. John, known as the “Emerald of the Caribbean.”

Explore St. Kitts via train for magnificent views of a dormant volcano. Or sail from one island to another aboard a catamaran and lounge on one of Nevis’ golden-sand beaches.

5: Bahamas, Mexico, and Grand Cayman Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

Enjoy a seven-night sailing to some of the dreamiest locations in the Caribbean aboard Celebrity Edge, one of the newest vessels in our fleet. Departing from Fort Lauderdale, this week-long cruise features two luxurious days at sea and five ports of call.

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White sand beach and clear blue waters of a beach in Bahamas

Pearl Island, The Bahamas

Spend your day in Nassau relaxing on one of its impeccable beaches. Snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts can venture out to one of the island’s coral reefs and discover an underwater world full of colorful species. Go shopping at the famous Nassau Straw Market, where you’ll find all kinds of local and handmade items that make for perfect gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

Picturesque Mayan ruins in Costa Maya

Chacchoben Mayan Ruins in Costa Maya, Mexico

In Costa Maya, spend the day at one of its beach clubs, where you can lounge on the sand or sign up for water sports such as kayaking and snorkeling. Visit the ruins of Chacchoben, an ancient Mayan site with pyramids, temples, and sprawling gardens. Or treat the kids to a fun day at Lost Mayan Kingdom, a nearby water park with slides, zip lines, and river tubing.

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day in Cozumel, where you can dive around vibrant coral reefs, go shopping in the town of San Miguel, or venture further out to the ruins of Tulum, another Mayan citadel, where you can marvel at ancient structures set against the backdrop of the ocean.

People snorkeling in Grand Cayman

George Town, Grand Cayman

During your day in Grand Cayman, search for starfish and swim with stingrays, jet-ski or parasail, or scuba or snorkel. You can also tour the Cayman Turtle Center or simply rest on the beach while reading a book.

Before returning to Fort Lauderdale, you’ll spend one final day at sea, where you’ll have time to explore more of the ship’s luxurious amenities. Enjoy a relaxing spa visit or an exciting shopping trip, lounge on the sundeck, or play water sports in the pool before sitting down with your family for another delectable dinner in one of Edge’s world-class restaurants.

Read: How to Plan a Cruise for a Large Family

Celebrity Apex ship exterior

Celebrity Apex

Ready to book one of Celebrity’s Thanksgiving cruises that the whole family will enjoy? Browse our cruises online and choose the perfect unforgettable itinerary for your next vacation.

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