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Christmas in July: Book now for holiday cruise deals


Yahoo! Travel

By Elissa Richard
July 24, 2013

With the heat wave that’s been sweeping much of the nation, thinking ahead to the winter holidays might seem a bit counterintuitive. But there’s good reason to be contemplating Christmas in July, now that numerous cruise lines have announced early-booking discounts geared toward holidays on the high seas.

This year, leave the holiday hassles back on shore in favor of the festive décor, special activities and sumptuous traditional meals set to be served up by these merry-minded cruise lines and get your clan onboard for a new holiday tradition: adventure!

Jolly journeys for beach bums

Amp up your beach vacation with a little adventure. Look to small-ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations’ 7-night Christmas itinerary aboard new luxury mega-yacht, the 72-passenger Variety Voyager. Embarking December 22, cruise from Costa Rica through the Panama Canal and on to Cartagena, Colombia, with just-reduced rates of 25 percent off (deal ends September 30; promo rates from $1,943/person; save 35-50 percent on kids’ rates). Or have a Hawaii Seascapes holiday with Un-Cruise Adventures and save $400 per person on the 7-night Hawaiian island-hopper itinerary — featuring stops for whale-watching, snorkeling with manta rays and more — aboard the 36-guest Safari Explorer (deal ends August 30; embarks December 21 or 28; promo rates from $4,495/person).