Cruises from Southampton: Sun-seekers of the party trips you can take in December

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It is the most magical time of the year, but Christmas can also be a stressful season. So why not get away from it all?

Instead of worrying about entertaining the in-laws or worrying about the festive cooking, you could go on a Christmas cruise.

Many party cruises depart from Southampton in December. From Gran Canaria to New York, there are cruises for everyone.

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Hampshire Live has listed some of the sensational ships you could be on this winter.

Fred Olsen Cruise in the Netherlands

Dated: December 2

Duration: 4 nights

For those who can’t stand straying from the traditional English Christmas, there is still time to book a little break before the big day.

Departing from Southampton on the first Thursday in December, passengers will stop over in Amsterdam and Rotterdam to enjoy the beauty of the Netherlands.

With Amsterdam’s 1,000 bridges adorned with festive decorations and Christmas markets lining the cobble streets, this cruise offers the perfect mini winter break. More information can be found here.

Fred Olsen Festive getaway in Madeira, Portugal and Spain

Dated: December 6

Duration: 11 nights

A pre-Christmas cruise with a twist is a chance to head south in search of some of Europe’s finest festive moments.

Guests will be immersed in the Christmas celebrations in Portugal, Spain and Madeira. At each destination you will find enchanting scenes of Christmas markets, illuminations and decorations.

The historic hearts of Vigo and Lisbon come to life as their friendly locals count down and prepare for Christmas.

With an overnight stay in Funchal, the capital of Madeira, you will also have time to visit Portugal’s magnificent “garden island”. Tickets are available here.

Cunard Caribbean Cruise

Dated: December 13

Duration: 28 nights

Is there anything more scenic than New York City during the Christmas season? Just watch any American Christmas movie to know the answer!

This cruise on the iconic Queen Mary 2 ocean liner will take you on a mammoth month-long voyage with stops in New York, St. Kitts, Barbados, and St. Martin.

The downside to this trip is the time spent at sea. But the Queen Mary 2 has plenty on board to keep you entertained.

There are also 15 restaurants and bars, winter gardens, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theater, and even a planetarium. On this cruise, you will feel like all of your Christmases have arrived at the same time.

P&O Christmas in the Canaries

Dated: December 17

Duration: 12 nights

P&O’s beautiful Ventura ship promises to deliver a Christmas you will never forget! On board, guests will be dazzled by the decorations.

On the mainland, guests can stroll through the Portuguese capital and swap fir trees for palm groves on the sandy beaches of Gran Canaria.

Christmas Day will be spent at sea, but on a P&O cruise you can enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner, winter wonderland-themed entertainment, and festive movies.

Marketed as a family ship, this cruise will include special tea for kids on Christmas Day, children’s parties and a visit from Santa! More information can be found here.

P&O New Years Cruise in Western Europe

Dated: December 29

Duration: 5 nights

The gifts are all unwrapped. The decorations are put back in the loft for another year. You’ve finally finished eating leftover turkey.

But just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean the celebrations are over. Bring 2022 with a bang on the Ventura.

You can witness a sparkling fireworks display on New Year’s Eve and have family fun on land, from the miniature wonderland of Hamburg to chocolate making in Bruges.

Whether you’re toasting your good health with a glass of champagne in your cabin or heading for the dance floor, there’s no better way to see 2022 than with a relaxing cruise. Learn more here.

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