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Holiday Season Fun for the Whole Family on a Celebrity Cruise

The holidays are fast approaching and if you already feel overwhelmed by all the things you have to do to make it a memorable, happy time for your family...just stop...

And escape (with your family, of course).

The holidays don’t have to be a time of stress. A last minute holiday cruise is just what you need to feel excited and relaxed about the holiday season again.

Luckily for you, there are still staterooms and suites available on cruises around the world that sail over the holidays. Whether you want to avoid the cooking drama of Thanksgiving, escape to warmer weather for Christmas, or ring in the new year together in style somewhere exotic, there’s a perfect holiday cruise itinerary for your family.

What makes a holiday cruise ideal for families? Well, without the hassle of cooking, cleaning, relatives (except the ones you might want to bring along on your cruise!) and work, your time is open to focus on what really matters: each other.

You can even save time on Christmas shopping this year for toys and electronics that will probably go unused after a week by saying the cruise is the present for everyone in the family — and maybe a souvenir in port if they’re extra good. After all, Santa does visit on a Christmas cruise.

In addition to Santa Claus, who brings gifts to the children on board, what else can you expect on a family holiday cruise? Over Christmas there will be carolers, decorated trees and garlands, and Christmas treats. Thanksgiving cruises have a big feast complete with turkey, stuffing, and pie. New Year’s cruises have a special party on New Year’s Eve with a countdown to midnight and a sparkling wine or cider toast. Holiday themed crafts and activities will also be available to provide entertainment for kids throughout the holiday season.

Ready to book your family holiday cruise and treat you and your family to laughter and fun while you explore new ports and relax on the ship? Here are some last minute holiday cruise itineraries to get your planning juices going:

Ultimate Caribbean Cruise: Spend Thanksgiving in St. Kitts followed by a turkey dinner back on board the luxurious Celebrity Reflection on this 10-night Caribbean cruise that also visits the ports of St. Johns, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and two days at sea on both ends of your cruise after you embark from and end your cruise in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Eastern Caribbean Holiday Cruise: Get away for a tropical holiday over Christmas on a 7-night cruise that sails roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Johns, Antigua (where you'll spend Christmas Day!) and three relaxing days at sea.

Southern Caribbean Holiday Cruise: For those looking for a longer holiday escape, head off on this 12-night Caribbean itinerary that visits the islands of the southern Caribbean, like Dominica, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, and Grenada, plus other islands in the Caribbean, including St. Croix, St. Maarten, and the Dominican Republic. Your cruise will sail roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale over Christmas and New Year's.

Arabian Sea & India Holiday Cruise: Explore the wonders of the Arabian Sea and India on a two-week vacation over Christmas and New Year's on board Celebrity Constellation. Your cruise will start and end in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The ports of call include Goa, India; Sir Bani Yas, UAE; and overnights in Mumbai, India, and Dubai, UAE.

Southeast Asia Cruise: Another vacation you can take over the holidays in Asia is this 14-night cruise that start in Hong Kong and ends in Singapore. Along the way you'll visit Hue and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, and have two overnight ports of call in Hanoi, Vietnam, and Bangkok, Thailand.

New Zealand Holiday Cruise: Experience the wonders of New Zealand on a summer cruise. That's right -- in New Zealand, Christmas and New Year's fall over the country's summer time since it's located in the southern hemisphere. Explore Sydney, Australia, before your 12-night cruise departs from Sydney and travels to New Zealand. In New Zealand you'll visit Picton, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, and the famous Milford Sound, before finishing your cruise in Melbourne, Australia.

Argentina and Chile Holiday: Another area of the world where it's summertime for Christmas is South America. Explore the beautiful nature and landmarks of Chile and Argentina over the holidays on this 14-night cruise that begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and ends in San Antonio, Chile. As your travel down the east coast of South America, you'll have ports of call in Montevideo, Uruguay; Punta del Este, Uruguay; Puerto Madryn, Argentina; Ushuaia, Argentina; and Puerto Monte, Chile. You'll also sail along the Strait of Magellan and by Chilean Fjords along with a few days at sea.

Western Caribbean Cruise: Short on vacation time this holiday season? Take off on a 5-night Caribbean cruise over Thanksgiving from Fort Lauderdale that visits the ports of Cozumel, Mexico, and Key West, Florida along with a couple days at sea.

You can book your holiday cruise with Celebrity Cruises online or by speaking with your travel agent.

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