Traveling Over the Holidays: Tips and Tricks for Smooth Sailing

posted: 12/04/17
by: Amanda Mushro

Sometimes when the holidays wrap up, you feel like you need a vacation just to recover from all the planning, the festivities, and the holiday madness. But instead of taking a vacation after the holiday craziness, why not change up your usual holiday routines and spend the holidays on vacation.

You and your family can make a little holiday magic on a Princess Cruises vacation where all of the hustle and bustle of this busy season is done for you. All you need to do is sit back and enjoy your favorite parts of the holidays.

Even if you have been on a cruise before, cruising over the holidays is definitely a different experience. So here's a few ways to get ready to cruise right on in to the holidays.

Just because you won't be home for the holidays doesn't mean you can't decorate your home away from home.

  • Make your cabin personal and ready for the holidays by packing a few of your favorite decorations, holiday cards, battery powered lights, or even a small tree and menorah to bring the holiday cheer inside your cabin. Removable hooks and a little tape are perfect to hang your decorations safely in your cabin.

If you have little ones that are nervous that Santa won't be able to find them on Christmas, here's a few ways to make sure the "Big Guy" can deliver presents no matter where your Princess Cruises takes you.

  • With your kids, write a letter to Santa to let him know that you and your family will be on a fabulous vacation over Christmas, and since you will receive lots of pre-cruise information, you'll be able to give Santa your exact location so he can find your cabin on Christmas Eve. Sometimes Santa even sends a letter back to make sure your little elves know he received their letter and that they are on his good list.
  • Make a quick visit to see Santa at your local mall or holiday event so your kids can tell him in person about their exciting vacation and how to find them on Christmas.
  • Often Santa makes a visit on Princess Cruises ships during the holiday season so your kids won't need to worry that they will missed.


When it comes to presents, all you need is a little extra planning to during the gift-giving season. Here's how to make buying and giving gifts a breeze while on your cruise vacation

  • You'll find fabulous shops and boutiques on your ship and you'll have plenty of shopping options each time your cruise ship pulls into port. So instead of bringing gifts with you, do your shopping while on vacation. Plus you can get everything wrapped so you don't need to do any extra work.
  • If you are bringing gifts with you, remember that you cannot bring wrapped presents through airport security. So bring pre-cut pieces of wrapping paper in your luggage or take a roll of wrapping paper so you can wrap presents once your vacation begins. Just be sure to pack tape and scissors so you can create the perfectly wrapped gift. Here's an extra tip: cut a piece of a paper towel roll and wrap it around the wrapping paper roll to make sure it doesn't get damaged while you travel.
  • Bring a small suitcase lock and keep all gifts inside your suitcase that is tucked away in your cabin to make sure curious kids don't peak at their presents.

My favorite part of the holidays are the family traditions that we all look forward to each holiday season, and just because you aren't home for the holidays doesn't mean you have to miss a thing. From Christmas carols, decorating cookies, a delicious holiday meal, and even a visit with Santa, you'll be able to fill your days with lots of holiday cheer thanks to all of the fun activities on your Princess Cruise vacation.

Whether you are leaving cookies out for Santa or waiting for the ball to drop at midnight on New Year's Eve, the holiday season is the perfect time to set sail on a Princess Cruises vacation.

#Lifehacks: Traveling Over the Holidays

show more details
Life hacks expert Amanda Mushro shares her tips on how to travel with your family over the holiday season.