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Five reasons to celebrate the festive season and Christmas on a cruise

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How many times have you celebrated Christmas and New Year in the same way, in the same place? Like so many people, you may have struggled to come up with new ideas that could surprise your family and help get them into the festive spirit.

If so, perhaps it’s time to try something new? A festive cruise holiday could be the perfect change of pace, offering you the chance to celebrate Christmas and the New Year in style on a journey to some of the world’s most inspirational destinations.

Whether you want to get away from hectic life at home, or just relax and enjoy the festivities without all usual holiday fuss, Fred. Olsen can oblige by taking you on a long ocean voyage or a shorter cruise to culture-rich European cities. Here are our top five reasons to celebrate the festive season with Fred. Olsen.

1. Make unforgettable memories

Fred. Olsen’s festive sailings are packed with memorable experiences. Our Christmas Cruises often feature journeys to destinations such as Copenhagen, Hamburg and Bruges, which are famous for bursting into life at the 'most wonderful time of the year', with their traditional festive stalls, food and drink and beauitiful Christmas decorations. 

Brugges Christmas Markets

It goes without saying that, as you're on a Fred. Olsen cruise, you'll get to delight in the scenic, historic and cultural highlights of such cities too.

2. Relax and let the magic happen

A Fred. Olsen festive cruise holiday is all about enjoying a well-earned break and a Christmas without the usual stress, strain and planning involved. If you're on board one of our smaller ships at Christmas, you can count on our friendly, attentive staff to take care of everything so you can sit back, relax and revel in the festivities of the holiday season.

Relax with a festive drink and chocolate

Many of Fred. Olsen’s Christmas cruises include an unforgettable Christmas Day at sea, offering guests the chance to celebrate with all the ‘trimmings’, including traditional Christmas food and thrilling on board entertainment.

3. Reconnect with loved ones

You may choose to use your time at sea to reconnect with your life partner or family. Aboard or ashore you'll find plenty of ways to spend quality and fun time with your loved ones. You can pamper yourselves at the Atlantis Spa, join dance classes, immerse yourselves in the destinations on your itinerary aboard our all-new RIBs, and much more.

Friends exploring Barcelona

4. Get some sunshine

For an extra special, entirely different Christmas compared to what you might usually experience at home, perhaps take a different approach and spend your festive season amongst the beautiful beaches, clear blue waters, exotic wildlife and laid-back culture-rich towns, cities and villages of idyllic islands on a Christmas cruise to destinations such as the Caribbean or the Canaries.

Enjoying the sunshine in Malaga

Leave the UK's wet seasonal gloom behind, trade your winter jacket for your shorts, t-shirts, dresses and swimwear and celebrate Christmas and New Year bathing in glorious sunshine. Apart from relaxing on the beach, you can go hiking in tropical forests where fabulous fauna and flora are waiting to be discovered; experience adventures like kayaking, snorkelling in the reefs and exploring caves; and discover spectacular volcanic wonders. 

5. Meet new friends

We know that seeing the world with new-found friends and like-minded travellers is a truly memorable and enjoyable experience. On board you’ll enjoy a warm, sociable atmosphere as you cruise to dream destinations in pure comfort and classic style, meeting people and creating friendships that will last a lifetime along the way. 

Deck party with friends

If you’re travelling solo, you’ll never feel alone on board a Fred. Olsen ship, the fleet has a reputation of being one of the friendliest afloat, and cruising is so much more enjoyable when you travel with new-found friends.

So, if you’re ready for an unforgettable holiday season, explore our fantastic range of festive and Christmas sailings packed with beautiful destinations.

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