Your guide to Christmas and New Year cruises

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The Christmas and New Year period can be a magical time – but occasionally, it can all get a bit too much. Perhaps you’re tired of doing the same old thing during the Christmas season, or maybe your family circumstances have changed and you’re looking for a new tradition. Whatever your reasons, a Christmas and New Year cruise could be the perfect solution to festive fatigue.

Not sure how to pick the best Christmas and NYE cruise for you? We’re here to help – here are our tips on the best cruise liners and where to find the best festive deals.

Best Christmas and New Year cruise lines

If it’s a party atmosphere you want, P&O Christmas cruises will deliver. Christmas and New Year on-board a P&O ship is an enchanting experience you’ll never forget, with great festive entertainment, first-rate food and plenty of champagne. Many of P&O’s Christmas cruises are adults-only too – perfect if you’re looking for an intimate Yuletide getaway. Alternatively, if you’d rather not be away from family, take a pre-Christmas cruise with P&O to visit some of the world’s most famous Christmas markets in Amsterdam, Bruges and Copenhagen.

You’ll also find a variety of Christmas cruise offers at Cunard, who operate the world-famous Queen Mary 2 crossing between Southampton and New York. New York at Christmas is an enchanting experience but if a Transatlantic Crossing in the depth of winter doesn’t appeal to you, you’ll also find an array of winter cruises to exotic destinations like Shanghai and Dubai.

Fred Olsen Christmas cruises promise a great festive atmosphere too. And it’s not too late to book some of these gems for 2014. If you’re keen to soak up some sun on a Christmas and NYE cruise, opt for Fred Olsen’s Christmas in the Canaries, New Year in the Caribbean tour for a spot of true indulgence on both sides of the Atlantic. Or maybe you’d prefer a romantic 16-night voyage in search of the Northern Lights, which crosses the Arctic Circle at midnight on Christmas Eve – you might even catch a glimpse of Santa himself.

Comparing Christmas and NYE cruise deals

With so much to choose from, booking a Christmas and New Year cruise can seem like a confusing experience. But there are a range of comparison websites to help you make a decision. Virgin Holiday Cruises’ Christmas and New Year deals has some great fly cruise options, with direct Virgin Atlantic flights and free upgrades included in many cases.

Iglu Cruise also has some great offers, including low-price deals for December 2014 on Cunard, P&O and Norwegian Line cruises if you book in advance. You can compare more Christmas and New Year cruise deals with Thomas Cook: the selection here is particularly varied, with featured cruises stretching from Western Europe to the Red Sea to the Far East. is another great site for Christmas cruise offers too, with regularly updated deals and passenger reviews. And don’t forget about Silversurfers’ cruise offers too, where you’ll find a range of fantastic voyages and fly cruises at competitive fares, plus free on-board spending money.

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