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    Christmas Cruises

    Hubby and I are looking into booking a Christmas/New Year ( or both).

    I really want to be onboard a P&O cruise ship at Christmas time, its exciting just to think about it.

    Obviously the price increase a heck of a lot more, so just wanted to know if you get any more for your money?

    How does the day itself run on Christmas? Any extras for the kids?

    How did you find you Christmas cruise over all?

    P&O Oceana - Canary Islands - 2 wks 02/03/13
    P&O Ventura - Mediterranean cruise - 2 wks 29/04/11
    Ocean Village - Tapas and Tavernas - October 2007 - 1wk
    Ocean Village - Caribbean - April 2006 - 2wks
    Island Escape - Med - October 2004 - 1wk

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     Alan, Newcastle-upon-Tyne is offline Leading Seaman Member
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    Hi I would advise trying to find a cruise which visits Funchal (Maderia) for New Year, the firework display is very impressive. All ships are at sea on Christmas Day, traditional Christmas fare will be served onboard. I don't have children but Santa usually makes an appearance but I don't know what's in the present given out. Often extra free drinks are dispensed but do not cover the extra costs involved for travelling at this time of year, it's all about supply and demand.

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    Hi

    I used to always do xmas cruises when my children were young and they loved it.

    This year I went on QM2 over xmas which was decorated beautifully. We had a couple of carol services including a childrens one, religious services [various faiths] and on xmas day santa arrived with gifts for the children and I believe a few xmas parties. All the young ones seemed to be enjoying themselves.

    Not sure it offers value for money considering the price hike but still most enjoyable.


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     woodsg, Ashford is offline Deck Hand Member
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    We did a Christmas cruise a few years ago and to be quite honest it was not worth the extra cost involved. We could have done exactly the same itinerary six weeks earlier for about £600 less. Apart from a Christmas present from the cruise line we got absolutely nothing else. The company didn't even put a bottle of wine on the table at dinner on Christmas Day. You were expected to buy your own. We did get mince pies and sherry but that was because my wife sing in the Carol Concert. I must admit that when it came to the decorations the ship pulled all the stops out. However we have since been on several cruises since in early or mid December and the ships have always had most of their decorations already up.


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    I just priced one up for this year on Azura, we always get a balcony so cant go backwards..... £5550 for the 4 of us :O

    P&O Oceana - Canary Islands - 2 wks 02/03/13
    P&O Ventura - Mediterranean cruise - 2 wks 29/04/11
    Ocean Village - Tapas and Tavernas - October 2007 - 1wk
    Ocean Village - Caribbean - April 2006 - 2wks
    Island Escape - Med - October 2004 - 1wk

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     Huntworth, Bridgwater is offline Deck Hand Member
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    We have done several Christmas or New Year cruises. The prices are considerably more than other winter dates but as we have no family, it really suits us to be away. I was very tempted by the Azura one but then found Fred Olsen's Balmoral does Christmas and New Year to the Canaries, so have booked that one. One way is to balance up what you spend at home and what you don't spend by doing absolutely no Christmas shopping!!!!


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    Hubby and I are looking into booking a Christmas/New Year ( or both).

    I really want to be onboard a P&O cruise ship at Christmas time, its exciting just to think about it.

    Obviously the price increase a heck of a lot more, so just wanted to know if you get any more for your money?

    How does the day itself run on Christmas? Any extras for the kids?

    How did you find you Christmas cruise over all?
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    Hi I would advise trying to find a cruise which visits Funchal (Maderia) for New Year, the firework display is very impressive. All ships are at sea on Christmas Day, traditional Christmas fare will be served onboard. I don't have children but Santa usually makes an appearance but I don't know what's in the present given out. Often extra free drinks are dispensed but do not cover the extra costs involved for travelling at this time of year, it's all about supply and demand.
    The problem is that the cruises that take in Funchal, particularly P&O ones, split between Christmas and the New Year. You have to decide one or the other.

    Three years ago my wife and I did a combined Christmas and New Year cruise on P&O's Arcadia. I know it is an adult only ship but if P&O put as much effort into their family friendly ships as they did on Arcadia then it is well worth the extra expense.

    After all, every hotel puts up its prices over Christmas, cruise ships are no different.

    Whatever you choose, choose sunshine for Christmas.

    Richard


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    You are right Richard, can't do both together, and I don't want to fly the children to the Caribbean just yet. The New Year one is looking rather favourable, and maybe do Christmas the year after, works well for the children's school holidays too.

    I will go *look* at other cruise companies but really do love P&O

    Emma

    P&O Oceana - Canary Islands - 2 wks 02/03/13
    P&O Ventura - Mediterranean cruise - 2 wks 29/04/11
    Ocean Village - Tapas and Tavernas - October 2007 - 1wk
    Ocean Village - Caribbean - April 2006 - 2wks
    Island Escape - Med - October 2004 - 1wk

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     kevinyork, York is offline Able Seaman Member
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    I would not look at it in terms of what extra syou may get as these dont equate to the price difference. The prices are higher because of demand. Have to say its a nice way to spend Christmas.


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