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Merry Christmas! Season’s Greetings!

Cruise pictures that require no description at this time of year, other than to accompany them with wishes for peace, happiness and safe cruising…


Canuck Place

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Christmas decorations in Progreso

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Holland America Noordam
14 nights
February 13, 2016
Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Akaroa, Dunedin, Melbourne, Burnie, Eden, Sydney
Inside: $999
Cost per day: $71

On The First Day After Christmas…

If you're on a cruise ship today — or if you've ever been on a cruise ship the day after Christmas — chances are you're happy not to be surrounded by white stuff (unless it's wakes or sand) and chances are that's part of the motivation for being on a ship. Chances are, too, that you're in the Caribbean and, if that's the case, you have an opportunity to see how locals decorate for Christmas with snow.

Here's a selection of pictures we've taken from some of the warm-weather places we've been on the last week of the year…and one from Royal Caribbean's horticulturists:

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Punta Gorda


FrostyCentral Park

Today at portsandbows.com: New adventures for Un-Cruisers

Norwegian Dawn
7 nights
February 1, 2015
New Orleans (return): CozumelBelizeRoatanCosta Maya
Inside: $359
Cost per day: $51

A Merry 'Chilean' Christmas!

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Christmas Cruises Can Pose a Dilemma…

It started with the prospect of spending our first Christmas in 40 away from our children…or any family members. We would be warm. No shovelling snow or freezing temperatures. No slaloming down an icy hill in the car. No jackets or toques or mitts. Pass the sunscreen, please.

"At what price are you interested in flying to family for Christmas?" one of us asked Xmas-Teagan-2as he scanned the exorbitant airfares that come with traveling near Christmas.

"No price," she replied.

In the end, the other "no" ruled. No family. In the end, terminating 40 years of being with offspring — even just one — was not acceptable. In the end, a radio commentary reminding her that Christmas was ALL about family was the deal-maker. In the end, we boarded a plane to take us higher from the ground to lower temperatures.

That raises the question about cruising at Christmas.

Do you or don't you? Obviously, we never have. Just as obviously, many people do. We have a friend on a cruise ship this week and when we told him of our change of plans his response was: "Lucky you. Wish I was at home."

The radio commentator was right. It is all about family.

Norwegian Spirit
9 nights
February 20, 2014
Barcelona (return): CasablancaSanta CruzArrecifeGranada
Inside: $429
Cost per day: $47

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