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Date Published: October 20, 2006
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Update! Holiday Season Bargains Abound Now
If the thought of decorating, cleaning and cooking for this year's holidays makes you want to run in the opposite direction, perhaps you should consider doing so -- and head toward the nearest cruise port!

And the best (or worst, depending on your mood) part about it is you won't have to leave festive celebrations at home. Depending on the calendar, most big ship lines feature religious services (Catholic, Protestant and Jewish religions), traditional holiday dinners (Christmas brunch, eggnog in the atrium, and milk and cookie snacks for the kids), holiday decorations, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and strolling carolers, Santa visits, and a New Year's Eve gala.

So far, a handful of cruise lines have fessed up -- they still have space for you. Among them is Holland America, whose options are priced to sell and include: seven-night Caribbean itineraries that start at just $799 per person, and third and fourth passengers on the 11-night Southern Caribbean cruise for Hannukah are just $99 each for an inside cabin; so don't forget the kids! Remember, check our holiday bargains section, your local travel agent or the cruise line's offical web site for up-to-date prices, as they may change frequently depending on the date and/or as space sells out.

Here are a couple of options:

Celebrity Cruises
Thanksgiving Cruises
Date: November 17, 2006
Ship: Zenith
Itinerary: 10 nights to the Western Caribbean

Date: November 20, 2006
Ship: Constellation
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Western Caribbean

Date: November 20, 2006
Ship: Galaxy
Itinerary: 11 nights to the Eastern Mediterranean

Date: November 20, 2006
Ship: Mercury
Itinerary: 11 nights to the Mexican Riviera

Hannukah & Christmas Cruises
Date: December 17, 2006
Ship: Infinity
Itinerary: 13 nights to South America

Date: December 18, 2006
Ship: Zenith
Itinerary: 11 nights to the Eastern Caribbean

Date: December 18, 2006
Ship: Constellation
Itinerary: 11-night Ultimate Caribbean

Christmas & New Year's Cruises
Date: December 22, 2006
Ship: Galaxy
Itinerary: 11 nights to the Southern Caribbean

Date: December 23, 2006
Ship: Mercury
Itinerary: 16 nights Westbound Panama Canal

Date: December 23, 2006
Ship: Summit
Itinerary: 14 nights to the Hawaii and Mexico

Date: December 24 & 31, 2006
Ship: Millenium
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Eastern Caribbean

New Year's Cruises
Date: December 29, 2006
Ship: Zenith
Itinerary: 10 nights to the Western Caribbean

Date: December 29, 2006
Ship: Constellation
Itinerary: 10-night Ultimate Caribbean

Date: December 30, 2006
Ship: Century
Itinerary: Five nights to the Western Caribbean

Date: December 30, 2006
Ship: Infinity
Itinerary: 15 nights to South America

Costa
Thanksgiving Cruise
Date: November 19, 2006
Ship: CostaMagica
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Western Caribbean

Crystal Cruises
Thanksgiving Cruises
Date: November 12, 2006
Ship: Crystal Symphony
Itinerary: 12 nights to the Southern Caribbean

November 15, 2006
Ship: Crystal Serenity
Itinerary: 10 nights to Bermuda and Lisbon

Christmas & New Year's Cruise
Date: December 21, 2006
Ship: Crystal Symphony
Itinerary: 14 nights to the Mexican Riviera

Holland America Line
Hannukah Cruise
Date: December 16, 2006
Ship: Noordam
Itinerary: 11 nights to the Southern Caribbean

Christmas Cruises
Date: December 24, 2006
Ship: Westerdam
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Eastern Caribbean

Date: December 24, 2006
Ship: Maasdam
Itinerary: 11 nights to the Southern Caribbean

Christmas & New Year's Cruises
Date: December 19, 2006
Ship: Amsterdam
Itinerary: 14 nights to the Panama Canal

Date: December 21, 2006
Ship: Zaandam
Itinerary: 15 nights to Hawaii

Date: December 22, 2006
Ship: Statendam
Itinerary: 20 nights to South America and Antarctica

Date: December 22, 2006
Ship: Rotterdam
Itinerary: 14 nights to Australia and New Zealand

New Year's Cruise
Date: December 31, 2006
Ship: Westerdam
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Western Caribbean

NCL
Thanksgiving Cruises
Date: November 18, 2006
Ship: Norwegian Dream
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Western Caribbean

Date: November 19, 2006
Ship: Norwegian Dawn
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Bahamas

Hannukah Cruises
Date: December 16, 2006
Ship: Pride of America
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Hawaiian Islands

Date: December 10 & 17, 2006
Ship: Pride of Aloha
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Hawaiian Islands

Date: December 17, 2006
Ship: Norwegian Crown
Itinerary: 14 nights to South America

Christmas Cruises
Date: December 20, 2006
Ship: Norwegian Wind
Itinerary: 10 nights to the Hawaiian Islands

Date: December 23, 2006
Ship: Norwegian Majesty
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Western Caribbean

Date: December 24, 2006
Ship: Norwegian Jewel
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Eastern Caribbean

Christmas & New Year's Cruises
Date: December 21, 2006
Ship: Norwegian Spirit
Itinerary: 12 nights to Southern Caribbean

New Year's Cruises
Date: December 30, 2006
Ship: Norwegian Wind
Itinerary: 11 nights to the Hawaiian Islands

Date: December 30, 2006
Ship: Pride of America
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Hawaiian Islands

Princess
Thanksgiving Cruises
Date: November 17, 2006
Ship: Regal Princess
Itinerary: 10 nights to the Panama Canal

Date: November 19, 2007
Ship: Caribbean Princess
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Eastern Caribbean

Date: November 17, 2006
Ship: Tahitian Princess
Itinerary: 10 nights to the South Pacific

Date: November 20, 2006
Ship: Island Princess
Itinerary: 15 nights to the Hawaiian Islands

Date: November 20, 2006
Ship: Sun Princess
Itinerary: 10-night Southern Caribbean Medley

Date: November 25, 2006
Ship: Diamond Princess
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Mexican Riviera

Date: November 25, 2006
Ship: Crown Princess
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Southern Caribbean

Hannukah & Christmas Cruise
Date: December 17, 2006
Ship: Tahitian Princess
Itinerary: 10 nights to the South Pacific

Christmas Cruises
Date: December 20, 2006
Ship: Sun Princess
Itinerary: 10 nights to the Eastern Caribbean

Date: December 23, 2006
Ship: Grand Princess
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Western Caribbean

Date: December 23, 2006
Ship: Crown Princess
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Southern Caribbean

Date: December 23, 2006
Ship: Sapphire Princess
Itinerary: 19 nights to Australia and Asia

Date: December 24, 2006
Ship: Caribbean Princess
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Eastern Caribbean

Christmas & New Year's Cruises
Date: December 23, 2006
Ship: Dawn Princess
Itinerary: 11 nights to the Mexican Riviera

Date: December 23, 2006
Ship: Sea Princess
Itinerary: 14 nights -- Grand Caribbean Islander with 10 ports of call

New Year's Cruises
Date: December 23, 2006
Ship: Coral Princess
Itinerary: 11 nights to the Panama Canal

Date: December 27, 2007
Ship: Island Princess
Itinerary: 15 nights to the Hawaiian Islands

Date: December 30, 2007
Ship: Crown Princess
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Southern Caribbean

Date: December 30, 2007
Ship: Golden Princess
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Western Caribbean

Date: December 30, 2006
Ship: Sun Princess
Itinerary: 10 nights to the Southern Caribbean

Regent Seven Seas
Thanksgiving Cruise
Date: November 20, 2006
Ship: Seven Seas Navigator
Itinerary: 11 nights to the Southern Caribbean

Hannukah Cruises
Date: December 11, 2006
Ship: Seven Seas Navigator
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Eastern Caribbean

Date: December 11, 2006
Ship: Seven Seas Voyager
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Western Caribbean

Christmas Cruises
Date" December 18, 2006
Ship: Seven Seas Navigator
Itinerary: Eight nights to the Western Caribbean

Date: December 18, 2006
Ship: Seven Seas Voyager
Itinerary: 11 nights to the Southern Caribbean

Date: December 18, 2006
Ship: Seven Seas Mariner
Itinerary: Eight nights to the Mexican Riviera

Christmas & New Year's Cruise
Date: December 26, 2006
Ship: Seven Seas Mariner
Itinerary: 14 nights to the Mexican Rivieria & Panama Canal

New Year's Cruises
Date: December 28, 2006
Ship: Seven Seas Mariner
Itinerary: 11 nights to the Southern Caribbean

Date: December 29, 2006
Ship: Seven Seas Voyager
Itinerary: 11 nights to the Western Caribbean

Seabourn
Christmas Cruises
Date: December 19, 2006
Ship: Seabourn Legend
Itinerary: Seven nights to Southern Caribbean

Date: December 23, 2006
Ship: Seabourn Pride
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Southern Caribbean

New Year's Cruises
Date: December 26, 2006
Ship: Seabourn Legend
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Eastern Caribbean

Date: December 30, 2006
Ship: Seabourn Pride
Itinerary: Seven nights to the Eastern Caribbean

Looking to get away but still desire something more traditional? Go Barging is offering three holiday cruises across the pond this year -- visiting England and Scotland -- but their aim is to slow things down and create a more conventional holiday celebration for their passengers. Keep the crowds at a distance for this one -- fine wine, gourmet meals and Europe's castles recapture "Christmas Past."


If you didn't see a date, itinerary or ship listed that speaks to you, stay tuned -- we've quizzed other lines about holiday availability and will provide updates as they occur.

And don't forget -- inviting the in-laws is optional.

P.S. Want to get a jumpstart on gift buying for your favorite cruise nut? Check out our staff picks in Cruise Critic's Holiday Gift Central!

--by Erica Sapio, Assistant Editor
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