We did a Christmas cruise in 2014 on Arcadia – here’s a link to the main page about the cruise. As you can see if you read the mini-review on that page, I said “So, did we enjoy Christmas on Arcadia? Yes we did, with reservations“; and our main reservation was “First of these would be the fact that we actually feel that we’ve missed Christmas“. So last year we didn’t even look for a Christmas cruise, nor this year in fact; but here we both are, wondering if we should have. As Val said the other day “I’ve lost the magic of Christmas”. We’ve reached the stage of life where our own children long since grown up and flown the nest – one of them will be on another continent this Christmas – and we seem to spend these holidays doing the same round of visits that we do throughout the year. We don’t think we’re rich – perish the thought! – but being honest with myself, we’re certainly very comfortable. After all, we can afford to go on cruises, and if you have a look at my other blog you’ll see the number of long-ish non-cruise trips I’ve been able to afford since I retired.
After we’ve done all the usual stuff this Christmas we’re going to reward ourselves with a couple of nights away in January at a 5* hotel in northern England – that will be our present to ourselves. But we’ve begun to ask ourselves if we would enjoy another Christmas cruise, and we’re beginning to think that we would. Especially as this time we would know what to expect and what we ought to get ourselves involved in. Unfortunately we know that it will probably be December 2018 before we can do a one. There’s nothing terribly suitable for 2017, and in any case with Val still working we’re constrained on the number of days we can be away. That cruise on Arcadia required Val to take just three days off work – it was Saturday to Saturday, and Christmas & Boxing days (Bank Holidays, of course) were midweek. Most of the 2017 selection would require more time than that. We’re certainly not in a position to do a 14-night Caribbean cruise over Christmas & New Year. But maybe there’ll be something for Christmas 2018.
So let me ask my readers – how many of you have done Christmas cruises? Did you enjoy them? If you haven’t would you like to? And what sort of Christmas cruises? – longer ones away from the UK for a couple of weeks or more, or the shorter ones in and around the Channel and the Baltic? Please let me know what you think about this, via the comments form.