Why a Festive or Seasonal Cruise is an Exciting Time to Travel
A festive or seasonal cruise is a great way to experience a region during special times of year. Some destinations are known for occurrences in nature during certain periods of the year, or are popular for annual events or festivals. Other destinations are known for being an exceptionally wonderful place to celebrate a holiday.
Here are some of the top festive and seasonal cruise itineraries around the world, plus a great way to get exciting deals on them.
Seasonal Cruise for Canada and New England Fall Foliage
Parts of Canada and New England are known for incredible fall colors. Once the temperature starts dipping in September and October, you can travel through the northeast United States and southeast coastline of Canada and see gorgeous trees in vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow.
An especially fun and relaxing way to see fall colors in this region of the world is on a Canada and New England cruise that sails during the autumn months. Ports of call you may visit include Boston, Massachusetts; Newport, Rhode Island; Portland, Maine; Bar Harbor, Maine; Quebec City, Quebec; Saguenay, Quebec; Sydney, Nova Scotia; and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
New England and Canada cruises with Celebrity Cruises depart from Cape Liberty, New Jersey.
A Festive Cruise for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the most popular festivals in Europe and draws attendees from all over the world that visit it to see thrilling musical and dance performances.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo gets its name from the sound the drums would make when signaling British troops to return to their quarters for the night. Now you’ll see military bands perform during the festival plus other cultural and musical performances.
Celebrity Cruises includes the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in its Signature Event sailings line-up. The sailing includes an overnight port of call in Edinburgh so you have time to attend the festival. Celebrity Cruises even makes it easy for you by arranging tickets and shore excursions that incorporate the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo into its agenda. The sailing also includes other ports of call around the United Kingdom.
Alaska is a Seasonal Cruise Destination
Cruising is one of the best ways to see Alaska as it lets you experience the U.S.’s largest state from both a land and sea perspective. However, the Alaska cruise season only runs from May to September. Beyond those months, the water straits and passageways become too icy for cruise ships – and colder than most cruise passengers probably prefer!
The most popular dates and staterooms (veranda staterooms are extremely popular for Alaska cruises since you have your own private area to watch the passing scenery) sell out quickly, so don’t wait too long to book your seasonal cruise to Alaska.
Chasing the Midnight Sun
Depending when you visit Alaska, you may experience the cool nighttime light of the midnight sun, when the sun barely sets before rising again.
Another place to chase the midnight sun is on an Iceland or Norwegian Fjord cruise. Norway and Iceland both get minimal darkness around the summer solstice, and it is a cool phenomenon to encounter if you’re used to the sun setting soon after dinner. Choose an itinerary with an overnight in port to really experience the wonder of still having daylight when the clock strikes midnight.
Thanksgiving at Sea
Skip the cooking, but still enjoy a turkey dinner with a cruise that sails over Thanksgiving. Celebrity Cruises provides a Thanksgiving feast on its seasonal cruises that sail over the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy turkey and stuffing, cranberries and pumpkin pie, plus other festive dishes, then relax in your stateroom or catch an onboard theater performance or other fun cruise activity afterward instead of worrying about dishes and cleanup.
New Year’s Eve at Sea
Another festive holiday that is great to spend at sea is New Year’s Eve. Ring in the New Year while sailing on a luxurious cruise ship complete with a Champagne toast and holiday favors at midnight.
If you’re a football fan, you won’t need to worry about missing the college bowl football games, since the games will be aired in many areas of Celebrity Cruises’ ships on New Year’s Day.
For even more seasonal cruises over specific holidays, visit Celebrity Cruises’ holiday cruise deals and sailings.
Festive and Seasonal Cruise Deals
Because these special seasonal cruises only happen once a year, they are often in demand and it can be tricky to find deals for them. Luckily, Celebrity Cruises has a way to make your cruise more affordable for you with its perks promotion that lets you pick a perk that makes the most sense for your budget and interests if you’re staying in an ocean view stateroom or higher category of accommodations.
For example, what’s the point of getting unlimited Wi-Fi if you’re planning to unplug for your vacation, or a free beverage package that includes alcohol if you don’t drink alcoholic beverages? The perk system lets you pick the bonus that will ultimately save you the most money.
The four perks you can choose from are:
- Classic Beverage Package: If you know you’ll want to enjoy some drinks while on vacation, the Classic Beverage Package can save you a lot of money as it includes glasses of wine, beer, and spirits. Enjoy that second cocktail with dinner without thinking about your bar tab!
- Unlimited Wi-Fi Package: Don’t worry about how much it will cost to access the Internet at sea – choose the Unlimited Wi-Fi Package as your perk and you can check your work email or upload photos to social media without worrying about minutes logged.
- $150 to Spend on Board: You can use this spending credit on spa treatments, shore excursions, drinks, specialty restaurants, and more.
- Prepaid Gratuities: This perk covers the daily amount that is recommended to tip your stateroom attendants and dining wait staff.
If you stay in a suite, you get all four of these perks, turning your luxurious cruise vacation into an excellent deal.
In addition to the perks promotion, Celebrity Cruises often runs other specials. Stay in the know of these cruise deals when they occur by signing up to receive email notifications and newsletters from Celebrity Cruises.
If your schedule is flexible, you also may find a great deal on a festive or seasonal cruise by continually checking last minute cruise fares – just know this may mean you have to be more amenable on your dates and stateroom category.
Book Festive and Seasonal Cruises Effortlessly
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