Holiday Travel That Won’t Break the Bank

We’re just around the corner from the hustle and bustle of the holiday’s, and rather than staying at home, why not take a dream vacation?  Create new memories and bonds with your family and friends, start new traditions. Drop your oven mitts and spatulas and get pampered at every meal with amazing cuisine. Cruise lines go above and beyond for the holidays and cruisers can enjoy unique amenities such as holiday parties, special holiday drinks, holiday menus with seasonal favorites and even special holiday entertainment.

 While traveling during the holidays might seem expensive, here are some tips for holiday travelers and favorite holiday destinations that won’t break the bank.

The Caribbean, why not exchange the blustery winter winds for warm beaches and turquoise blue water? Spend the holidays with the sun on your face and the sand between your toes. The Caribbean offers endless opportunities for a winter getaway, and often at very reasonable prices. Enjoy the benefits of visiting multiple islands while enjoying delicious meals and exciting and unique on-board activities.

The Caribbean is notorious for exciting holiday celebrations that can make a trip truly memorable. St. Kitts is a great example for a holiday getaway. The island’s national carnival runs from December 15 through January 2 – activities change every year, but vacationers can expect lively parades, revelry and folkloric performances.

The Holidays are a great time to visit Europe, or go early and do your Holiday shopping. You can experience the romance of Prague, the history of Berlin, and the artistic flair of Salzburg all without the summer tourist crowds. A river cruise is one of the best and most affordable ways to get the most bang for your buck when traveling in Europe. With river travel, you see all the sights of such major European cities as Munich, Paris, and Amsterdam, and you don’t have to worry about hotel charges or confusing train schedules.  To get in the holiday spirit, consider taking a Christmas Market Cruise. Europe is known for its charming Christmas markets, with the most famous being in Cologne, Vienna, and Nuremburg. You can munch on freshly roasted chestnuts while perusing the home-made goodies.

If ancient history is more your style, Greece offers highly-affordable travel during their off-season of November – March. Discover the mysteries of the Acropolis in Athens or climb the legendary Mount Olympus before exploring the romantic Greek isles. The fact that many big-name resorts are closed during the off season allows visitors to experience the more intimate, local side of Greek life.

Additional tips for holiday travelers:
Splurge on a balcony – more room in your cabin for presents and decorations.
Ask yourself – do you prefer to spend the holidays in port or at sea?  
What is your preferred balance of sea days and ports days?

For more information and for help booking your affordable holiday vacation, contact:

Carole Novak, Vacation Specialist of CruiseOne

Associate of Franchisee, S. Perkins and Associates, Abingdon, MD

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