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Cruising Through the Holidays

Cruising for the holidays?

Princess and Carnival Cruise Lines have made some recent announcements about the holidays on their ships. 

Princess Cruises announced their Princess Cruise Culinary of Holiday Menus celebrating its 2022 holiday season. 

There will be a Thanksgiving dinner with five entrees, foods for Hanukkah, Christmas foods that celebrate traditions around the world, and a New Year’s Gala menu. 

Every Princess ship will celebrate Thanksgiving on November 24, the traditional date in the United States, no matter where they are in their itinerary. There will be autumnal decorations, Thanksgiving-inspired activities, and football broadcast on outdoor screens. But, the main celebration will take place in the dining room with an elaborate Thanksgiving feast. 

“Growing up in a large family, holiday meals were always extremely important to me and a source of excitement and anticipation. But it wasn’t until I was an adult and went to work at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City that I learned about the American tradition of Thanksgiving where food is the undisputed star of the show,” said Austrian-born Chef Rudi Sodamin, head of Culinary Arts for Princess Cruises. 

Sodamin plans to not only offer the traditional Thanksgiving menu, but also introduce some options that will become new favorites. 

And the best part? It is totally stress free since they do “all the shopping, cooking and cleanup too!”

The four course Thanksgiving menu will have five entrees which will include the traditional turkey, dressing, gravy, and all the trimmings. Other entrees include Potato Gnocchi, Grilled Jumbo Shrimp and Seared Sea Scallops, Pineapple-glazed Han spiked with Cloves and Grilled Vegetable Mille Feuille. Of course there will be traditional pumpkin pie along with other delectable desserts.

Next up—Carnival Cruise Line. 

Carnival Cruise Line brand ambassador, John Heald, has announced holiday decoration dates for the entire fleet. Decorating will begin as early as November 25 on Carnival Liberty and Carnival Radiance and will be done by “Professional Christmas Decorators.” According to Heald, decorators will be wearing sandals and snacking on raw kale. 

Here is the official decorating schedule:

  • Liberty – 11/25
  • Radiance – 11/25
  • Horizon – 11/26
  • Mardi Gras – 11/26
  • Panorama – 11/26
  • Vista – 11/26
  • Dream – 11/27
  • Glory – 11/27
  • Magic – 11/27
  • Miracle – 11/27
  • Spirit – 11/27
  • Elation – 11/28
  • Valor – 11/28
  • Breeze – 12/1
  • Freedom – 12/1
  • Conquest – 12/2
  • Paradise -12/3
  • Sunrise – 12/3
  • Celebration – 12/4
  • Legend – 12/4
  • Luminous – 12/4
  • Pride – 12/4
  • Splendor – 12/5
  • Sunshine – 12/5

So if you’re looking to cruise over the holidays expect lots of specialty food, beautiful decorations and an amazing adventure. 

How about you? Do you cruise over the holiday season?