Posted April 27th, 2004, 10:43 AM
We were on the Sea Princess for Christmas 2000, then the Dawn Princess for New Years 2003-2004. They decorate the ship, especially the atrium and other public areas, and as Lynda said, there are a lot of trees! Be sure to look for one attached to the tallest point of the mast in the front of the ship.
It's really fun to be on board during the holidays. They have the carol sing-a-longs, Santa, Christmas Eve services (non-denominational) and the traditional dinner (they even let you keep the menu in the traditional dining room). For NYE, they had a big countdown in the atrium complete with hats, noisemakers, streamers, music, dancing... the whole nine yards.
They also had countdown parties in the Wheelhouse Bar (British New Yrs countdown) and a couple lounges (I think they had one on deck, but need to look in the Patter). The ship camera channel on the cabin TV plays Christmas music all day, for both the Christmas and New Years cruises.
Christmas Day we were at sea, but the on-board shops were open. New Year's day, we had a half day at Isla Margarita. The shops were open and the Princess excursions went as planned. On-board shops opened once we got out to sea that day, plus they showed the Rose Bowl (they really didn't show any other games, so I had to find a sports book at a casino in Aruba to find out how the other bowl games turned out!).
Have a wonderful time!! It'll be a great cruise!!
Caribbean Princess - 4/2004
Dawn Princess - 12/2003
Sea Princess - 12/2000
Emerald Seas - 7/1984