Our family and my best friend's family are going on the Inspiration over Christmas. Has anyone out there sailed over Christmas? We have 7 kids between us and at least 2 of them are still "believers". All of the adults have cruised before but none of the kids. Any advice or suggestions would be so helpful. Thans so much!!!!! 8)
I hope you enjoy your Christmas cruise as much as my family has. We will be on our 5th Christmas Cruise this year. Sometimes we have had as many as ten family members and have always had a great time. We like to bring a gift for our room steward and our 2 waiters for Christmas, maybe a local tshirt or candy or something. Santa always visits on Christmas Day with a gift for the children. We also like to decorate our room with lights and a small tree as well as our door with gift paper and a bow or some similar decorations. Santa comes to our room with gifts on Christmas morning even though our kids are now college age, no big present though, the cruise is the main gift. Be sure to have a family portrait taken, it's a great remembrance of the trip. Have a great holiday!
We sailed over Christmas last year and although we had no children in our group, it was great to see what the crew did for the kids. They had Santa alerts all morning and then Santa landed on the sundeck and was around the pool greeting the kids and handing out gifts for the little ones. They also had different activities for the kids (cookie making, etc.). At night they opened up one of the conf rooms for groups to do their gift swapping so that they didn't have to be cramped in their cabins. It was a lot of fun...I'm sure that the "believers" and non-believers alike will all enjoy it.
They usually make the second night and the 5th night formal on a 7 dayer but call just to make sure. Ours is a 5 day and I thought formal night might be Christmas or Chirstmas Eve, but Carnival assures me it will be the second night. Hope your cruise is wonderful!!!!!!
What can we expect to be "special" on the two holidays?
(other than massive football watching)
... don't depend on the massive football watching. That has a lot to do with satellite signal strength where your cruise is going, and on what feeds the ship has purchased. Don't forget, a ship can't just show a game ... they have to pay for the privilege of doing so.
As far as what to expect in terms of special things on the holidays, while I've never done a Christmas cruise, I have talked to several people who have. You'll have lots of special activities around the ship ... Santa visiting the kids in the Atrium, handing out small presents (usually candy), dinner will be a bit more of an elegant affair on Christmas eve ... and the dining room will be all decorated. In fact, the whole ship will be decorated for the holidays.
Then you'll have special programming ... especially if you are at sea ... caroling, religious services, Christmas-themed entertainment, etc. Since there will be lots of kids onboard a holiday sailing, I am sure ClubHal will run some special Christmas-themed activities for the kids, like making paper trees and snowmen, maybe a "scavanger hunt" that's Christmas-based.
I hear it's wonderful to be at sea over the Christmas holidays, but I guess my dislike of being around a lot of kids, will prevent me from ever having this experience.