When one thinks of taking a Holiday vacation, the first thought that often comes to mind is packing the family off to Grandma’s house to enjoy a family Holiday get-together. Certainly a Cruise Vacation, for most, is the last idea that comes to mind. Nevertheless, cruise lines offer stress-free, no-work family celebrations in every part of the world during the winter holidays. As such, they can offer a wonderful Holiday get-away for every member of the family! Here we present the “Top 10” list for reasons to celebrate the winter holidays on a cruise. This is followed by a sampling of what cruise lines are offering this year in regard to their Holiday sailings. 1. Cruise lines offer holiday cruises of all lengths on all types of ships, including the world’s newest and largest, in all parts of the world, from Africa to the Caribbean to the Mediterranean to Antarctica. 2. When quality family time counts the most, a holiday cruise offers flexibility and choice in recreational activities, entertainment, relaxed dining and fun for travelers of all ages. 3. With special pricing, an abundance of diverse activities and plenty of entertainment, cruising for the holidays is the ideal choice for multigenerational groups or groups of families and friends. 4. Holiday cruisers do not need to worry about planning and preparing menus, doing the dishes or cleaning the house. On a cruise, you can leave holiday chores behind and concentrate on enjoying time spent with loved ones. 5. In times of stress, the chance to totally escape is just what the doctor ordered. Vacationing has been proven to be healthy and good for one’s well-being. 6. With a caring ship’s staff doing all the work, including the entertaining, a holiday cruise means more time to celebrate and enjoy the festivities. 7. With so many different cruises and cruise ships to choose from, there is a holiday cruise for every budget. 8. Featuring inclusive pricing, incomparable comfort and convenience, and travel to some of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, no holiday celebration offers more value for money spent than a cruise. 9. What better or more-appreciated gift could there be than the lifetime memories of a holiday cruise with family or friends? 10. It’s not too late; many cruise lines are waiting to welcome last-minute cruise shoppers for the holidays! Disney Cruise Line The spirit of the season surrounds guests of Disney Cruise Line during the winter holidays. Starting with Disney characters in their finest holiday attire welcoming guests at the decorated cruise terminal in Port Canaveral, the festivities include: King Triton’s Tree Lighting ceremony; family crafts such as stocking decorating and building gingerbread houses; holiday storytellers sharing tales of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwaanza; traditional holiday feasts in three themed dining rooms and Til We Meet Again, a special holiday edition of the line’s cheerful farewell on the final night of the voyage. Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian makes Christmas at sea an unforgettable experience. All ships are festively decorated, crew members stage an interactive holiday show in the ship’s theater, cruise directors and staff sing carols and Santa takes time out of his busy schedule to hand out gifts on Christmas Day. Holiday-themed menus feature dishes such as honey-glazed black forest ham with sweet potato mash, roasted turkey with apple and apricot stuffing, pumpkin souffle and a pear and chestnut torte. Hanukkah is celebrated with kosher menus and the lighting of a menorah each day to commemorate the eight-day celebration. While kids enjoy Norwegian’s youth program, parents enjoy the high-energy, festive White Hot New Year’s Eve party. Princess Cruises Whatever the destination, guests will find Yuletide carolers, waiters wearing Santa hats, festive decor, live seasonal music and films, and special holiday feasts featuring all the traditional favorites. Popular with families, the holiday voyages offer young travelers parties, sing-a-longs, arts and crafts, and the chance to help decorate the ship’s Christmas tree. They also may participate in a holiday theatrical production and, on Christmas Day, Santa Claus makes a surprise appearance, bringing gifts and joy for all.