5 High-Seas Cruises That Will Make You Rethink the Thanksgiving Break

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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. Thanksgiving is an underutilized time of year for a vacation. With time off and a predetermined open slot in everyone's' schedules, what's stopping your family from doing something outside the norm, like a Thanksgiving cruise?

Whether you decide to cruise within the U.S. or visit an international 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 dishes required. So go ahead, break tradition. With these Thanksgiving cruises, you might rethink all the holidays to come.

Disney Cruise

Thanksgiving Cruises — Disney Magic
Disney Cruise

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.

Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas

Thanksgiving Cruises — Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean

When you take Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas for a Thanksgiving cruise, you'll get not only a beach alternative to the holidays, but you'll also get the whole Thanksgiving feast. Departing from Tampa, the cruise sails to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Altogether, this trip can be way more exciting than the usual Turkey Day.

Opt for online check-in to make your boarding process a little smoother. Doing so also ensures you have all of the proper paperwork prepared and ready to go. Trust us; there's nothing worse than going on a trip and realizing you forgot an essential piece of documentation. 

American Cruise Lines

Thanksgiving Cruises — American Cruise Lines
American Cruise Lines

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.

Carnival Cruise

Thanksgiving Cruises — Carnival
Carnival

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." Yes, you read that right. Carnival hides hundreds of toy ducks in the ship's crevices and crannies for the guests to find and either keep or re-hide for someone else to find. One thing's for sure: There won't be any holiday stress here.

Norwegian Cruise

Thanksgiving Cruises — Norwegian
Norwegian

Spend your Thanksgiving in the Hawaiian islands, aboard a Norwegian cruise ship—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.

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