Carnival Cruises: Celebrating Christmas at Sea If you’re taking a Carnival cruise during
the month of December, don’t be surprised to find a good amount of holiday activities
onboard, in addition to all of the traditional Carnival Cruise activities you would expect. Both Carnival and the other passengers onboard
will help you experience as much Holiday Spirit as you would like to enjoy! Like any good celebration, the festivities
begin as soon as you board your December Carnival cruise with many decorations added for the
holidays. On each of our past three Carnival Christmas
cruises, the ship was decorated with Christmas trees, wreaths, garland, lights and gingerbread
displays. The celebration continues throughout the cruise
with several activities that are only offered during the Christmas season, such as the lighting
of the Atrium Christmas tree on the first night of the cruise, a holiday show in the
main theater that features the ship’s singers and dancers — with a special performance
by the kids from the kid’s camp and an appearance by Santa Claus — an ugly sweater contest, holiday arts and crafts time, Christmas-themed trivia contests, Christmas-themed movies at
the Dive-In Movies, and caroling in the Atrium. For kids, Carnival brings the Grinch onboard
to join the other Dr. Seuss characters for the Christmas season. He even makes an appearance at the Dr. Seuss
Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast! There’s also a mailbox available for sending
letters to Santa and the kids, tweens, and teens programs all have Christmas-themed activities
such as holiday arts and crafts, parties, and movies. One of our favorite parts of cruising Carnival
during the holiday season is all of the passengers who get into the spirit of the season by doing
things such as decorating their stateroom doors and dressing for the occasion. On a couple of cruises, we even saw a few
seniors dressed up as Santa and Mrs. Claus. Although Carnival actually begins their holiday
cruising activities in early December, there are special activities that only take place
on cruises that sail over Christmas Day, such as complimentary sparkling wine on embarkation
day, a Non-denominational Christmas service, and traditional Christmas dinner favorites
on the menu for Christmas evening. In addition to all the Christmas festivities
on the ship, several ports also decorate for the holidays. However, it should be noted that some countries
observe Boxing Day, which means many businesses may be closed on December 26th. If you’re planning on shopping that day,
be sure to check the official holidays of the port you’re visiting. Finally, if your ship is sailing during Hanukkah,
Carnival hosts a special service in honor of the Jewish holiday, including the lighting
of the menorah. And if your cruise is ending close to New
Years Eve, Carnival will likely treat you to a balloon drop on the last night of the

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