It’s that time of the year when families come together to reminisce over their moments shared together while embracing what lies in store ahead. And what better way to bring in this Christmas holiday season with your near and dear ones by heading out on a cruise?Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) promises you the warmth of the sun, sea and blue skies and the charm of quaint Christmas markets and local celebrations in Europe, the Bahamas or the Caribbean. AboardNorwegian Cruise Line, you will be pampered with spacious cabins, suites and interconnecting staterooms, perfect for families to get in and out of each other’s space. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the multi-cuisine dining options and you’ll be engaged throughout your stay with a host of fun activities and games that the whole family can participate in, be it the tots, teens or adults. Here’s how a Christmas vacation with your family on Norwegian Cruise Line’s three most popular itineraries will help you make some very distinct and special Christmas memories. 

5-Day Western Caribbean Cruise From Orlando

This five-day western Caribbean cruise is every sea-loving beach lover’s dream come true. Beginning from Port Canaveral in Orlando — the world’s most popular cruise port, this cruise lets you see Florida in all its glory. You can choose to spend the day at any of these theme parks— Walt Disney World, Sea World or Universal Studios, go zip lining over live alligators at Gatorland if it’s the adrenalin rush you’re after, or surf at Cocoa Beach. You can unwind on the cruise ship for a day at sea before you move on to the stunning beaches of Costa Maya and Cozumel. Deep in the Mexican jungle, these beautiful places draw tourists from across the world to experience the ancient pyramids or the Mayan ruins. You can stroll through other historic treasures such as Chichen Itza, San Gervasio or the ruins of Tulum. If you aren’t much of a history buff, get in the ocean for a dip with the dolphins, go shopping for local treasures or gorge on barbacoa tacos, while you sip on tequila. 

7-Day Bahamas & Florida from New York

Christmas vacations can’t get better than embarking on a week-long cruise from New York. You soak in all things Christmas all bundled up with that mandatory visit to Times Square in New York and then thaw off in the warmer shores of the Bahamas and Florida for a week. Your first stop on this cruise is Orlando, a haven for beach lovers. Spend the day at the Apollo and Gemini spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Centre or drop by the numerous world-famous theme parks. Heading further south, the cruise will take you to the idyllic private-island paradise in the Bahamas — Great Stirrup Cay. This is where you and your family can laze around on white-sand beaches or go snorkeling in crystal clear aquamarine waters. Your last stop on this cruise before you disembark in New York is Nassau in the Bahamas. Take a walk through some beautifully preserved ancient stately cathedrals and elegantly built Victorian mansions. What’s a vacation without some retail therapy? Don’t forget to splurge on some great duty-free shopping here before you head back to the winter chill. 

11-Day European/Mediterranean Holiday Celebration: Venice, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, And Dubrovnik from Rome (Civitavecchia)

When you think Christmas, think Rome. On your two-night stop in Venice on this cruise, not only will you be able to tour St. Mark’s Basilica lit up in all its revelry for the season, you’ll also have your shot at being serenaded on a romantic moonlit gondola ride. Listening live to an esteemed orchestra play in a 16th century concert hall will make Christmas all the more meaningful and memorable with your loved ones. You then sail on to spend a couple of days in Croatia and Kotor, where you can take a guided kayaking tour through the serene Bay of Kotor sailing past the beautiful walled city of Kotor and limestone mountains. From there you head to Florence for a day after which, at Monte Carlo, you can enjoy a slice of life of the rich and famous at the Monte Carlo Casino or the Prince’s Palace. The last couple of days will be well spent in Barcelona, strolling through the narrow, winding streets of the Gothic Quarter and indulging in some delicious tapas at the local cafes. 

So, book your holidays in the sun the sea now aboard the marvellous Norwegian Cruise Line.