Even though it’s only July, we’re sure many of you are already thinking about plans for the holidays. If you want to get away from it all and celebrate the holidays Seabourn-style, then join us on one of our six ships around the globe. There is a festive atmosphere onboard and our staff spreads holiday cheer on the ships.
Here is a taste of what it’s like to celebrate the holidays on a Seabourn cruise:
Tastefully decorated trees, as well as Hanukkah menorahs are set up in various lobbies and public rooms, and evergreen swags are draped on railings and balusters. The galley team prepares a dazzling gingerbread village display, which is set up on about December 23 and maintained through about the 29th.
Between December 24th and 26th, additional displays are set up on all buffet service areas and at the Restaurant entry, which contain a gingerbread house, Christmas chocolates, a chocolate Santa Claus, fresh Christmas cookies, candy canes, dried fruits and fresh clementines. On the evening of the 24th, a special Christmas basket or plate containing the same selection of goodies is delivered to each suite at turndown.
Of course, the holidays aren’t complete without several great, traditional meals. On Christmas Eve, a traditional holiday meal is served during dinner. Christmas Day starts with a brunch buffet crowned with a Yuletide Log cake and cookies. There is an eggnog, Glogg or Gluhwein party scheduled. Christmas Day dinner is also traditional, with roast turkey, English pudding, mince pies with lots of decorations, crowns. Plus, each guest receives a “Christmas cracker.”
Can you think of a better to ring in the New Year than on a Seabourn cruise? If you’re sailing with us on the 31st, be sure to pack a party dress or suit because New Year’s Eve dinner is a gala, formal-optional affair. Tables are decorated with good luck charms (marzipan clovers and horseshoes). Afterwards, there is a gala ball in the main show lounge, and at midnight, hot goulash soup is served in all the bars.
Want to know where the ships will be during the holidays? Seabourn Sojourn will explore the majestic lands of South America, while Seabourn Spirit will visit Costa Rica, Panama and Belize. The new Seabourn Quest will sail the warm waters of the Caribbean, while sister ship Seabourn Odyssey will offer a Panama Canal holiday cruise. Both Seabourn Legend and Seabourn Pride will traverse the waters on the other side of the globe, with Pride visiting Vietnam and Thailand, and Legend cruising the Indian Ocean.
Have you ever celebrated the holidays on a Seabourn cruise? Do you have pictures? If so, please send us some to firstname.lastname@example.org!