When you think about Thanksgiving, you probably think of family, food and perhaps some travel. While those components have become hallmarks of the holiday season, they’re really mainly elevated versions of the everyday. The travel aspect of Thanksgiving is usually what tips the day into the special occasion territory.
And while traveling to your grandma’s house for Thanksgiving dinner may come with its own nostalgia, you might be wondering if there's more to Thanksgiving thank this. Thanksgiving is an underutilized time of year for vacation. With time off, and a predetermined open slot in everyone's’ schedules, what’s stopping your family from doing something outside the norm?
Face it: Thanksgiving is all about togetherness. And what’s a better way to be stuck with your family than by taking a Thanksgiving cruise? Whether you decide to cruise within the U.S. or visit an exotic location, one thing’s for sure: There will be no turkey stress or burned rolls. In fact, depending on the cruise, you can simply show up to a chef-made Thanksgiving meal—no side dish required. So go ahead, break tradition. With these Thanksgiving cruises, you might rethink all the holidays to come.
If you book a Disney Cruise during Thanksgiving, you won’t miss out on Thanksgiving dinner. In fact, there will be a full-course traditional meal served alongside holiday-dressed Disney Characters. Football fans won’t miss out on the Thanksgiving games, either. A poolside jumbo LED screen broadcasts the best of the bowls.
While you take Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas during a Thanksgiving cruise, you’ll get not only a beach alternative to the holidays, you’ll get the whole Thanksgiving feast, too. Departing from Tampa, the cruise sails to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Altogether, this trip is more exciting than the usual Turkey Day.
Want to stay stateside? Travel from Memphis to New Orleans aboard American Cruise Lines. Aboard, you’ll experience holiday decorations, themed cocktails, and a traditional Thanksgiving feast in addition to stopping in great Southern cities. Another plus? A portion of each ticket is donated to a local food bank.
Aboard a Carnival cruise, you can have your vacation and keep your traditions, too. Travel to the Western Caribbean, Baja Mexico, or the Bahamas while dining on a traditional Thanksgiving spread, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and going on a duck “hunt.” One thing’s for sure: There won’t be any holiday stress here.
Spend your Thanksgiving in Kauai, Hawaii, through a Norwegian cruise—no passport necessary. Whether you decide to surf or soak up the sun, you’ll be fed with a bounty of festive fare. It’s the best of both worlds.