Christmas Cruises

If the idea of spending another cold, wet festive season in the UK gives you shivers, our Christmas cruise deals can offer the perfect alternative for a winter holiday you’ll never forget. Imagine spending Christmas Day on board a beautiful cruise ship, having the cooking and cleaning taken care of...Or lying on a white sandy beach with the sun shining in an exotic destination...

Here at Cruise Nation, we have a huge range of deals on Christmas and New Year cruises for 2023 and 2024, with Christmas cruises from Southampton, as well as Xmas cruises departing from other destinations around the world.


Whether you want to swap the UK’s wintery weather for glorious sunshine and white sandy beaches, avoid the stress of shopping, parties and big family do’s or you simply want to relax whilst someone else takes care of all the Christmas trimmings for you, one of our festive cruises can ensure you have the Christmas you’ve been dreaming of.

Enjoy being pampered on a luxury Christmas cruise, where entertainment includes carol singing, special celebrity guests and, for cruisers travelling with children, even special visits from Santa himself. If you’re usually the Christmas cook, sit back, relax and enjoy Christmas day dinner being served to you for a change – with all of the big Christmas cruise liners offering delicious festive menus, including full Christmas Day dinners with all the trimmings.

As well as experiencing a stress-free Christmas, our deals on Christmas Cruises 2023 and Christmas Cruises 2024 give you the opportunity to enjoy warm winter climates, explore new destinations and visit exciting port cities in countries around the world.


Leave the grey skies, last-minute shopping and Christmas Day cooking behind with one of our great value Christmas cruises to exotic, sun-soaked destinations around the world. From the heat and glamour of Dubai to the magic of Christmas in New York, the sunshine of the Canary Islands to a romantic Christmas in Rome or Venice, here are five of our customers favourite Christmas cruise destinations:


The Eternal City is a magical place to visit at any time of the year, but a stay in Rome during the festive season offers travellers an extra special experience.

With one of our Christmas Cruises to the Mediterranean, which combines a stay in Rome, you’ll discover the magic of Italy’s historic capital for yourself. Lose yourself amongst the cobbled streets strung with fairy lights, gaze in wonder at one of the world’s largest Christmas trees in Saint Peter’s Square and find unique gifts, food and artwork at the city’s many Christmas markets.

If music is the thing that makes you feel all festive inside, many of Rome’s most beautiful churches hold free Christmas concerts. For those travelling with children, activities including ice-skating at famous Castel Sant’Angelo are the perfect way to get into the holiday mood.

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If you’ve been dreaming of a Christmas escape with warm weather guaranteed, a Christmas cruise to Dubai offers the perfect winter holiday.

With high temperatures, incredible beaches and some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, restaurants and shopping malls, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy during your stay in the U.A.E’s glittering desert city. But just because the sun is shining doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the festivities completely. If you feel like it’s just not Christmas without snow, head to the huge Ski Dubai indoor resort at the Mall of the Emirates, where skiing, snowboarding and even sipping hot-chocolate in the “Avalanche Café” will have you feeling like you’ve landed in a winter wonderland.

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Imagine waking up on Christmas morning to beautiful sunshine, warm weather and white sand beaches – a world away from the grey, cold skies of the UK.

With one of our Christmas cruises to the Canary Islands, you can swap the weather, stress and expense of a normal Christmas at home for a luxury cruise holiday of a lifetime. Whether you’re stopped in Tenerife, Lanzarote or Gran Canaria, the Canary Islands are some of the most popular, year-round, holiday islands in the world. Featuring award-winning beaches, delicious Spanish cuisine and pristine waters, the Canary Islands are the ideal location for a festive period spent in the sun.

Sailing directly from Southampton, our Christmas Cruises to the Canary Islands allow you to relax and enjoy a unique Christmas, where every last detail is taken care of for you.

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Few places can compete with the magic of spending Christmas and New Year in New York, and with our unbeatable deals on Christmas cruises to the Big Apple, you’ll find that a festive trip to the city that never sleeps doesn’t have to cost the earth.

With one of our Transatlantic Christmas cruises, leaving from Southampton, passengers can enjoy the iconic crossing from the UK to America onboard a luxury cruise liner, before spending a few days exploring New York.

New York is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations year-round, but during the Christmas period, the city comes alive with Christmas lights, markets, concerts, ice-rinks and window-displays. Don’t miss the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, ice-skating in Central Park and the Union Square Holiday Market.

If your cruise sees you staying in New York over New Year, as well as Christmas, there is only one place to bring in the celebrations – Times Square. Join one million other spectators to see the world-famous ball drop over One Times Square, ringing in the start of the New Year in style.

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If you haven’t had the chance to Barcelona during the festive season before, you’ll be amazed at how alive the city is during this time of year. The beautiful Gothic Quarter is lit from every angle with Christmas lights, huge trees and seasonal shop window displays, festive music pours out of cathedrals and churches, filling the air with Christmas tides of goodwill and restaurants and bars and packed with locals and tourists alike, making merry right the way through until the “Twelfth Night”.

Many of our popular Christmas Cruises to the Mediterranean include a stay in Barcelona, giving passengers more time to explore the city and experience all of the colourful festivities on offer.

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