Holland America Line made a special Christmas cruise from Norfolk a few years ago. The 13-day cruise departed on December 22. It was one of seven Holland America cruises from Norfolk that sailed from October to December. There are no Holiday Cruises scheduled to depart from Norfolk this year.
A holiday cruise to the Caribbean is a festive way to celebrate the best time of the year. Enjoy elegant holiday dining fare -- roast turkey, pheasant, goose and Christmas Day dinner with all the trimmings. Have Royal Dutch High Tea with fancy holiday cookies and patries. Delight in the Christmas morning brunch and North Pole Show Buffet. Sip from goblets of eggnog and champagne.
Night-time parties include a New Year's Eve Holiday Ball, Gala Black and White Ball, and Holiday Crew Show with caroling and sing-alongs.
Holiday traditions observed include Christmas tree lighting ceremony and poinsettias, wreaths, trees, and gingerbread villages throughout the ship. A Protestant minister, a Catholic priest, and a Jewish rabbi (during High Holy Days) will be onboard to help you with your religious traditions.
For the kids there's Santa's arrival with gifts and photo opportunities, Santa's milk and cookies late night snack, and Club HAL activities supervised by full-time directors and staff.
The detailed 13-day sailing schedule for this Holiday Cruise:
December 22: depart from Norfolk, VA, 3 pm.
December 24: Fort Lauderdale (arrive noon, depart 6 pm)
December 27: Oranjestad, Aruba (arrive 10 am, depart midnight)
December 28: Willemstad, Curacao (arrive 8 am, depart 10 pm)
December 30: Bridgetown, Barbados (arrive 8 am, depart 6 pm)
December 31: Roseau, Dominica (arrive 8 am, depart 3 pm)
January 1: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (arrive 8 am, depart 5 pm)
January 3: Half Moon Cay, Bahamas* (arrive 8 am, depart 3 pm)
January 4: Fort Lauderdale (arrive 7 am).
This special Holiday Cruise was a one-way repositioning cruise.