Of all the times of the year to head off on a cruise, Christmas is one of the best. It’s often cold around the holiday season, but cruises can let you head off to hot places filled with sunshine, spending time on the beach with your friends and family, feeling a million miles away from snow and frost. In addition, it can be fun to shake up your Christmas traditions a little and try something new and different for a change. Make this Christmas special with one of the amazing Christmas cruises listed below.

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- Celebrity Cruises - 7 Night Western Caribbean - Celebrity Edge

Christmas is so often associated with snow and cold weather, but why not get away from all that this holiday season and spend the festive period in sunny places with soft sand, warm water, and lots of reasons to be outdoors? The '7 Night Western Caribbean' cruise from Celebrity Cruises can make it happen. Running only in December for Christmas getaways, this cruise lets you enjoy some wonderful sandy beaches and snorkeling fun around the Caribbean Sea while most people are cooped up indoors trying to stay warm.

For this cruise, your home away from home will be the Celebrity Edge. One of the newest ships in the Celebrity Cruises fleet, the Edge features state-of-the-art features and amenities to offer a truly out-of-this-world cruise experience for all guests. One of the unique highlights of this ship is its 'Magic Carpet' a 13-storey high floating observation platform, with other fun features including plunge pools, multiple restaurants, bars, lounges, astonishing decoration, shops, villas, a spa, and more.

This Christmas Caribbean cruise starts off at Fort Lauderdale in Florida before heading around the coast of the Sunshine State and calling at Key West, where you can grab a slice of Key Lime Pie before continuing on the journey to Costa Maya, Mexico. Beautiful beaches and warm waters will await you in Costa Maya, and even more amazing water and sand are situated at the third cruise stop: Cozumel. Finally, the last stop on the cruise will be George Town in the Cayman Islands, where you can buy some souvenirs, eat some Caribbean cuisine, and much more.

- Avalon Waterways - 4 Night Christmastime in Alsace & Germany - Avalon Visionary

What better way to celebrate Christmas than by visiting some of the best and most traditional Christmas markets in Europe? For a truly magical experience that people of all ages can enjoy, book your room aboard the Avalon Visionary for the ‘4 Night Christmastime in Alsace & Germany’ cruise with Avalon Waterways. You’ll only find suites available on the ship, so will have to pay suite prices, but can get good deals if you book in advance.

The suites on the Avalon Visionary are one of the main highlights of traveling on this amazing ship. Each one measures up at 200 square feet, offering much more room than you’d expect to find in a typical cruise ship cabin. They also feature enormous, wall-to-wall windows, giving you amazing views out onto the river and the local landscapes. There’s nothing better than waking up in the morning and looking out at that incredible view. You’ll also find dining options, fitness equipment, internet access, lounges, and more all on board.

This cruise starts its journey in the Swiss city of Zurich and takes you off on a magical voyage to some superb historic cities around France and Germany. Your first stop will be the German riverside city of Breisach, where you can admire some stunning old architecture and buy some souvenirs to take home. Next up, you’ll visit the city of Strasbourg, located in the Alsace region of France. There, you’ll have a chance to explore some of the best European Christmas markets of all. The third stop takes you to Heidelberg, Germany, and the cruise then comes to a close with a stop at the city of Frankfurt.

- Carnival - 7 Night Mexican Riviera - Carnival Panorama

Climb aboard one of the latest and greatest vessels in the Carnival fleet for this '7 Night Mexican Riviera' Christmas cruise. Offering a full week of sun-drenched fun, with lots of beautiful beaches and more to explore, this cruise is the perfect choice for people who want to get away from the snow and frost this festive season and enjoy some sunshine and warmth.

For this cruise, you'll be spending a week aboard the Carnival Panorama. One of the latest additions to the Carnival fleet, the Panorama is a true masterpiece of cruise ship design, setting the standard for future ships to live up to. This Vista-class cruise ship features an extraordinary range of amenities, activities, and facilities on board, including multiple dining options, beautiful accommodation options, bars, lounges, pools, an aerial adventure course for the kids, adults-only areas for the grown-ups, lots of exclusive shows and live entertainment, and plenty more.

This Chistmas cruise begins its journey in Long Beach, California, which is an ideal port to choose if you're in LA or the general SoCal area. The cruise heads south and makes its first stop at Cabo San Lucas. A highly romantic spot, Cabo San Lucas is a great place for lovers to hang out at the aptly-named Lovers Beach and visit the local marina. Next, you'll head over to Mazatlan, a hugely popular cruise resort destination with lots of sandy beaches and fun activities to enjoy. The final stop on this cruise will be Puerto Vallarta, home to even more astonishingly soft sands and warm waters, perfect for sunbathing and snorkeling.