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It's not too late to book your Christmas/New Year's Holiday at Sea cruise on your choice of exciting cruise ships. Sail away and enjoy the holidays the way you have always dreamed about, where everything is done for you. Imagine a holiday season with no shopping, no cooking and no cleaning, just pampering, excellent cuisine, spas and beautiful, sun-drenched Caribbean islands. Amazing prices are still available at Cruise.com. Holiday cruises are offered by many cruise lines including Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International and many more.

Family Reunions at Sea

Family Cruise A holiday cruise is hassle-free and fun for the entire family and a perfect setting for a family reunion! Everyone can relax and enjoy each other's company while a fabulous holiday meal with all the trimmings is prepared for you. No need to get the spare bedroom ready. Beautiful staterooms and suites await you, many with balconies offering incredible views. Many ships offer adjoining cabins that are perfect for families. Everyone will enjoy the holidays while relaxing and being pampered as the beautiful Caribbean islands and azure blue seas await you.

Dining options on a holiday cruise are varied and offer something for everyone, from casual choices to more formal settings. Flexible dining times ensure that there is no rush and no pressure. Enjoy gourmet cuisine made from the finest and freshest ingredients. The entire family can dine together as a group or individually at their favorite time and in their favorite restaurant. Enjoy delicious cuisine, delectable desserts and fine wine, as well as pizza and burgers. Now this is the way to spend the holiday!

As board your ship the holiday spirit welcomes you with glittering decorations, beautiful Christmas trees, elegant wreaths, sparkling lights and glowing Menorahs. Holiday festivities fill your days and evenings; Santa will surprise the kids. There may even be some carolers. The holiday season is a wonderful time to be on a cruise ship enjoying the warm climate of the sunny Caribbean in a fun, festive atmosphere, full of holiday cheer.

Best of all, there are plenty of things to do onboard for all age groups, so no one will be bored. Everyone can do what they like to do according to their own schedule. Many fun and entertaining activities are offered for children, teens, adults and seniors. This holiday season don't worry about pleasing everyone else as they will be entertained by the many exciting onboard amenities. Guests can be pampered at the top-quality spas, enjoy fabulous shows in the evenings, try a hand in the casino or spend time with friends and family in one of the ship's many lounges. Take in a port lecture or a computer class, work out in the state of the art fitness center, relax at Afternoon Tea or catch up on that great novel that you have been waiting to read. Or, simply choose to do nothing at all. Forget about the malls or endless hours shopping online. Instead you can find unique Christmas gifts while shopping at exciting ports.

A Tropical Christmas Holiday

Each Caribbean island has its own unique culture, so you can learn about history and experience cuisines from around the world, such as French dishes in St. Barths and foods with a British influence in Barbados.

Of course, shopping is one of the highlights of any cruise and in the Caribbean you are sure to find great bargains wherever you go. From jewelry and perfume, to lovely hand-made items, batik and liquors, the Caribbean has something for everyone, many of which are duty-free. What better place to shop for Christmas gifts for loved ones back home?

Sail from the convenient ports of Fort Lauderdale and Miami to some of the romantic Caribbean's most beautiful ports. These exciting Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean itineraries may include calls at such tropical and romantic destinations as Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, Virgin Gorda, Grand Cayman, St. Barts, San Juan, Cozumel, St. John, Ocho Rios, St. Maarten, St. Croix, Montego Bay and St. Thomas.

The Caribbean is one of the most popular destinations in the world and a favorite of cruise passengers. During the holiday season, the islands are especially beautiful, decorated with colorful, sparkling lights and Christmas trees making a Holiday Cruise even more of a magical experience. The tropical islands of the Caribbean are a haven for snorkeling, diving or simply sunning on the magnificent sun-drenched beaches.

New Year's Eve under the Stars

Holiday Cruise A Holiday Cruise also lets you enjoy your New Year's Eve to the fullest. Welcome in the New Year by toasting champagne under the sparkling stars at a fun New Year's Eve party. Afterward, don't worry about driving or parking, simply stroll back to your comfortable stateroom or suite.

Leave the crowds, the shopping and the work back home, and get pampered on a fabulous Holiday Cruise and toast in the New Year on deck with loved ones and new found friends. A cruise is the perfect way to welcome the New Year. It probably will be the best Christmas/New Year's holiday ever! Cruise.com is offering incredibly low rates, so you can't afford to stay home this Christmas and New Year!


Part of the joy of traveling to Venice is the beauty of the Lagoon. But, navigating your way into the heart of Venice takes a little know-how.

If you arrive by plane into Venice, it's important to know that Marco Polo Airport is in Mestre. Mestre is part of the mainland and is about 6 miles north of Venice.

From the terminal it's a short taxi ride or a 10-minute walk to the dock where public and private boats depart for the historic center of Venice. There is regular ferry service from early morning until late at night and it takes about an hour to reach the landing area near Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square). Another option is to travel by motoscafo (water taxi), which also leaves from the same dock. These boats normally hold up to 4 people and 4 pieces of luggage. These are modern power boats that take about 25 minutes to reach the city center. Since each additional person, bag and stop costs extra, it is very important to agree on what the cost will be before you board.

Many people do not realize that there is also bus service available as a way to reach Venice. The blue buses will take you fairly quickly (about 20 minutes) and inexpensively to the Piazzale Roma. From the Piazzale Roma, you can then board a vaporetto (water bus) to the landing nearest to your hotel. More specific information on buses and schedules can be found at www.atvo.it.

If you arrive by train into Venice, it is important to know that there are actually two train stations servicing Venice. The closest and most convenient is Stazione Ferroviaria Santa Lucia. Santa Lucia station sits adjacent to the Piazzale Roma and is the most convenient arrival point if coming in by train. Once you are at the Piazzale Roma, you can then board a vaporetto (water bus) to the landing nearest to your hotel. Stazione Ferroviaria Venezio-Mestre is located on the mainland about 7 miles outside of the city.

For the locals and for most travelers visiting Venice, the most convenient was to glide through the lagoon is by vaporetto (water bus). These vaporetti operate several routes throughout both Venice and the outer islands of the lagoon. Landing areas are clearly marked with the name and line number, but always ask before boarding to make sure the boat is going in your direction. There are a number of travel cards available that offer unlimited travel for a set period of time or you can buy individual tickets. This is a great way to rub shoulders with the locals and glide through the beautiful waterways and canals of Venice.

And then, there are the gondolas. About 400 of these beautiful handmade boats still exist, sailing the waters of the Venetian Lagoon. There is no more magical way to see Venice than to glide through her canals with a gondolier at the helm. San Marco (St. Mark's) offers many gondola stations, but sometimes it is better to walk over to San Toma or Santa Sofia. It's important that you and the gondolier agree on the cost before you start, including not only the total cost but the length of the ride and where the gondola will go. Remember, the Grand Canal is grand, but the tiny side canals show you a side of Venice that few other visitors get to enjoy.

There IS an inexpensive way to jump on a gondola, if only for a few minutes. Most tourists are not aware of the two-man gondola ferries (called traghetto) that cross the Grand Canal at specified locations. They may not be as romantic as the longer rides, but they are definitely the cheapest gondola ride in Venice! It’s also the quickest and most practical way to cross from one side of the canal to the other and will save you a lot of walking. Just look for the Traghetto signs located up and down the Grand Canal and be ready to hand your fare to the gondolier when you board. As of this writing, the one-way fare is still less than a dollar.

Unless you are lucky enough to be staying at a hotel with a water door (so that you can be taken directly to the hotel's arrival platform) and can afford the means to get there, get ready for your arrival into Venice by wearing sturdy walking shoes that can handle cobbled streets and making sure that your luggage is also up to the journey, since you will most likely be wheeling it behind you for at least part of the distance. That’s part of the adventure when you arrive in Venice!