Cruising during Christmas WHAT is it like? What to take?

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#1
BADEN (NEAR PITTSBURGH)PA USA
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Do we have to dress up like in Christmas Clothing every day during the trip? What should we bring? Going on the Inspiration in December. Any hints?
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Van Nuys, CA USA
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Joined Apr 2002
I wear my usual cruise wear (jeans and t-shirts during the day) and usually something a little nicer/neater for dinner, Carnival may make one of the formal nights on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day if not then it the standard Business/Vacation casual type of attire.

On all my past Christmas sailings we were greeted upon boarding the ship with free glasses of Chanpagne and there was Egg Nog (with and without Alcohol) in a dispensers by the beverage dispenser bank in the Lido Deck Buffet area. Ship is decorated with wreaths, garland and at least 1 terr all over the ship and there is usually a designated day and time for Carol Singing in the Atrium Lobby and a program put on by the Camp Carnival kids.

I'm on the Glory this year and doing B2B Christmas & New Year's on Miracle next year ........... woo hoo!
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e-mail: lorna.tilson@yahoo.com

Past Cruises:
Carnival Festivale: 06/29/1985 & 09/27/1992
Carnival Tropicale: 10/05/1986 & 09/06/1987
Carnival Spirit: 05/02/2003; 04/02/2005; 10/02/2006; 05/23/2007; 10/13/2007 & 04/13/2008
Carnival Legend: 12/21/2004; 12/29/2004 & 12/26/2006
Carnival Pride: 12/25/2005; 12/21/2008 & 03/22/2009
Carnival Glory: 12/27/2003, 12/20/2009, 12/18/2011 & 12/26/2011
Carnival Miracle: 12/21/2010 & 12/29/2010
Carnival Freedom: 03/04/2012
Carnival Breeze: 12/16/2012, 12/22/2012, 07/20/2013, 07/28/2013, 12/15/2013 & 12/21/2013


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#3
Newfoundland Canada
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Joined Apr 2006
Originally posted by LornaT
I'm on the Glory this year and doing B2B Christmas & New Year's on Miracle next year ........... woo hoo!
Woohooo is right, look at my upcoming sailings. do the Miracle B2B for Christmas and New Years this year... cannnoooott wait
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#4
BADEN (NEAR PITTSBURGH)PA USA
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Joined Jul 2003
Well thanks for the input. I will be taking something dressy for like Christmas and my usual Cruise wear clothing. I will have a couple of dressy tops to wear during the week too for dinner.. THANKS
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#5
Van Nuys, CA USA
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Joined Apr 2002
Originally posted by ImANewfie
Woohooo is right, look at my upcoming sailings. do the Miracle B2B for Christmas and New Years this year... cannnoooott wait
Yeah ....... did Christmas and New Year's B2B back in 2004 on the Legend (when she did the run out of Fort Lauderdale) and it was awesome, especially leisurely breakfast, telling Lido deck crew we'd see them later for lunch (yeah okay ma'am have a good trip home ....... hours later .......... yeah you are still here!) and watching the new folk try to find their way around.

Would have done one this year but did the Pride's Panama Canal sailing for 14 night in March/April instead.
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Past Cruises:
Carnival Festivale: 06/29/1985 & 09/27/1992
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Carnival Spirit: 05/02/2003; 04/02/2005; 10/02/2006; 05/23/2007; 10/13/2007 & 04/13/2008
Carnival Legend: 12/21/2004; 12/29/2004 & 12/26/2006
Carnival Pride: 12/25/2005; 12/21/2008 & 03/22/2009
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#6
Charleston, SC
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Joined Jan 2009
We did a Christmas cruise last year on the Sensation. Not only do you get a glass of champagne upon boarding but everywhere I was walking around they kept topping it up. As you can guess the muster drill I felt like the ship was moving.

Santa was also onboard and the ship was decorated with the usual Chrismas decorations.
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Upcoming Cruise(s):
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Past Cruises:
CCL Fantasy, Bahamas - December 2010 Christmas Cruise
CCL Dream -W Carib - September 4, 2010
NCL Pearl, Eastern Carib - February 6, 2010
NCL Majesty, Bermuda - May 2009
CCL Sensation Bahamas - December 2008 Christmas Cruise
NCL Majesty Bermuda - June 2008
NCL Majesty Bermuda - November 2007
CCL Fantasy Bahamas - November 2002
CCL Victory Bahamas - May 2001
NCL Crown Bermuda - September 1998
NCL Dream Bermuda - September 1997
CCL Jubilee Mexican Riviera - April 1990
CP Empress of Canada - 1966 (prior to being Mardi Gras)
#7
Murfreesboro, TN
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Joined Nov 2005
Our experience was that they did not vary the "formal" nights based on the holiday. In other words, Christmas eve and Christmas day were not formal but that did not stop people from dressing up if they wanted to.

You can't go wrong dressing up!

Our ship was decorated with Christmas tree and menorah since we sailed through Hanukkah also.

We did, however, find some of the staff to be a little sad. Remember, it may be hard for some of them to be away from their family over the holiday.

Pictures of our Christmas cruise our in my links below.
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Carnival Fantasy, 11/16, NCL Epic, 12/16
NCL Breakaway, 6/16, Carnival Liberty, 5/15
NCL Jewel, 1/15, NCL Getaway, 12/14
Carnival Ecstasy, 1/14 & Carnival Imagination, 12/13
NCL Sun, 7/13, for DH's 50th birthday Carnival Elation, 10/12
NCL Dawn, 5/12 Carnival Inspiration, 12/11 - Trans-Canal, Carnival Triumph, 7/11
Carnival Imagination, 9/10, B2B for my 50th birthday

NCL Gem, New Year's Cruise 2009-2010, NCL Spirit, 8/09
Carnival Sensation, 2/09, RCI Majesty of the Seas, 7/08,
Carnival Inspiration, 2/08,, NCL Gem, 12/07,
Carnival Victory, 7/07 review,
Carnival Fascination, 2/07
review,
Carnival Glory, 12/06 review, Christmas decorations Carnvial Glory pictures
Carnival Fantasy, 4/06, RCCL Song of Norway, 1990
#8
BADEN (NEAR PITTSBURGH)PA USA
529 Posts
Joined Jul 2003
Thank YOU for sharing the PICS..
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Carnival Destiny 2004 Southern
Carnival Triumph 2006 Western
RCCL Grandeur of the Seas 2007 Eastern Carnival Carnival Legend 2008 Western
Carnival Pride 2009 Bahamas
Inspiration Dec 24th-28th 2009 Western CHRISTMAS
Carnival Freedom Sept 25-Oct 3 2010 Western
Carnival Spirit Aug 30- Sept 6 2011 Alaska
Celebrity Silhouette March 29 - April 10 2012 Southern
Carnival Legend Western SEPT 9-16-2012
RCCL Enchantment of The Seas Bermuda 2012 Oct 12-18-2012
Carnival Liberty Western 6/1/2013
Carnival Pride Bahamas 10/27/2013 Halloween Cruise

Nothing better than Cruising

Carnival Pride MARCH 15 2015 Repositioning Cruise

14 Wonderful Days..............



LINDA AND RICK