Not right on Christmas, but always just a few days before Christmas. The ship is usually decorated with a tree in the atrium, and a gingerbread house, and they play lots of Christmas music. Very festive, and very, very nice.
Your five day cruise should have only one formal night.
Im crusing Dec 20-28 . ON Carnival Freedom. Im looking forward to it, yet apprehensive about being away from my parents during the holidays, yet I have their blessings. You will have a fantastic time.....SoS
December 2008 Carnival Freedom
July 2007 Carnival Holiday
There have been some pretty extensive threads on crusiing at Christmas. Go ahead and search the topoic.
A Bad Day At Sea [with power] Always Beats A Good Day At Work
Alaska 2014 - haven't picked a cruise yet
Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012, Dream 2013
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, Caribbean 2013
Carnival Dream for Thanksgiving
Eastern Caribbean- 11/20/2010
Carnival Ecstasy (4 Day Baja Mexico) 2003
Carnival Pride (7 Day Mexican Riviera) 2007
Carnival Spirit (8 Day Exotic Mexican Riviera) 2007
Carnival Freedom (7 Day Western Caribbean) 2008
Carnival Elation (4 Day Baja Mexico) 2009
Carnival Spirit (7 Day Southbound Alaska) 2009
Same here....it's our second Xmas in a row. Last year and this one -- both during Xmas week on Conquest. Only God knows how we pulled this year off...but it's a magical time to be cruising, especially through the eyes of our boys. We are so thankful.
-------------------------------- Sailing on Carnival Magic, 8 Day Cruise, 12-18-11