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When it comes to celebrating the holidays, it's time to think out of the gift box. If you think that the only way to make merry is to sit around the family table and make small talk with relatives you only see once a year and whose name you struggle to remember, think again.
It's your holiday too, and even Santa wouldn't have a problem if you decided to raise your glass of egg nog while lounging on the lido deck of a cruise liner.
Norwegian Cruise Line provides plenty of cruising options to be thankful for, including cruises to the Mexican Riviera or excursions to the Caribbean. You can tell your fellow cruisers Feliz día de acción de gracias, or Happy Thanksgiving Day, as you sail to Barcelona, Spain, or extend your holiday with a 21-day journey to the East from Dubai or a 32-day trip to the East & Southeast.
Forget about watching your relatives argue over who gets the last turkey leg and worry about taking photos of the beautiful Baja landscapes, while you walk on Lover's Beach past a sea lion colony. Aunt Martha's green bean casserole will have to wait as you enjoy a buffet and open bar after a tour of Chacchoben, while sitting on one of Costa Maya's most luxurious beaches.
Just imagine celebrating the Festival of Lights as you sail to all four Hawaiian Islands on Norwegian's Pride of America and discover cascading waterfalls, not snowfalls, and the only thing around you that's exploding is an active volcano, not your sparring siblings.
If you still crave holiday family time, there are plenty of spacious suites onboard Norwegian cruise ships, so everyone can come along. Together you can enjoy whale watching or views of the Napali Coast.
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Remember, the weather doesn't have to be frightful just because the calendar is on December. You can trade in a white Christmas for a white sandy beach as you cruise to the Mexican Riviera and sit on the tropical beaches of Mazatlán, explore the Western Caribbean on a 4x4 all-terrain vehicle, or go snorkeling in St. Thomas.
If you celebrate Festivus like the rest of us, you don't have to give up any of the holiday traditions in order to enjoy a little vacation time. On these cruises you'll not only sip drinks on the beach, you'll also engage in gingerbread making contests and special menu items as you travel to Aruba, Panama or the Mexican Riviera.
Finally, ring in 2017 onboard a New Year's cruise, complete with fireworks over the ocean. These cruises travel to Hawaii, the Western Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean, Panama, South America, and Southeast Asia.
As you travel to different ports of the world, you'll learn about holiday traditions of all of these destinations. Norwegian is also offering a $100 onboard credit for the stateroom on select Holiday sailings. This onboard credit applies to all staterooms except the Guarantee categories (IX, OX, BX, MX).
The best part about a Norwegian cruise for the holidays? You don't have to lift a finger unless, of course, you want to. On a cruise you are wined, dined and entertained, which is probably on the top of everybody's holiday wish list.
Lisa Iannucci has written many travel articles for national magazines and newspapers. Over the years, her travel articles have...
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