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Last Minute Holiday Cruises

You know what's a great way to spend the holidays? Taking a cruise with your entire family. Think about it. The holidays often bring more stress than joy. Between decorating your house, slaving over the stove, hosting guests, and attending holiday parties, there's hardly any free time to spend with the people who matter most in your life. This year, avoid the hustle and bustle by booking holiday cruise vacation for your entire family. Let Norwegian Cruise Line take care of the cooking and cleaning while you spend quality time with your family over the winter break.

Whether you want to relax by the pool or take part in exciting excursions, your Norwegian cruise features an array of activities to suit your travel style. Each award-winning Norwegian ship offers a wide selection of dining and entertainment options, kids' programs, aqua parks, and more. Travel Weekly named Norwegian the Best Family Experience for a reason, after all. If you're looking for ideas about where to go on your family getaway, check out these four last-minute cruise deals for the holidays that promise to deliver plenty of fun, food, festivities, and a lifetime of magical memories.

Thanksgiving Panama Canal Cruise

Looking for the Thanksgiving cruise of a lifetime? A cruise through the Panama Canal takes your vacation to a whole other level. On Norwegian's 12-Day Panama Canal from Miami cruise, sail on Norwegian Pearl through the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal, a maritime marvel and one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Once you arrive in Panama, explore the port at Colón before sailing for your next sunny destination.

Your Panama Canal cruise takes you to exciting ports of call in Costa Rica, Grand Cayman, Honduras, Belize, and Mexico. Hike through lush rain forests, journey back in time with a tour of ancient Mayan ruins, or sign up for a scuba diving adventure in pristine waters teeming with colorful coral and tropical marine life. Wrap up your holiday cruise with a stop at Norwegian's Great Stirrup Cay for a day of rest and relaxation or fun water sports. What a great way to end your vacation!

Thanksgiving Cruise
Belize is a popular port in many Panama Canal cruises

Bahamas Christmas Cruise

Tired of shoveling snow? Trade your shovel for a swimsuit and spend your winter break cruising the Bahamas with an eight-day cruise aboard Norwegian Bliss. Your journey begins in New York, where you say farewell to the cold and chart a course for sunny Orlando, Florida. During your overnight stay in Orlando, there's plenty of time to visit some of the most popular attractions, including the Kennedy Space Center or a theme park. Other great options include kayaking at Manatee Cove, an airboat ride through the Everglades, or a tour of the Daytona International (NASCAR) Speedway.

From Orlando, set sail for Nassau, Bahamas. When it comes to paradise on Earth, no other place compares to the islands of the Bahamas. Some of the top things to do in Nassau include duty-free luxury shopping, renting a cabana and relaxing on the beach, spending a day at the famed Atlantis Resort on nearby Paradise Island, and getting up close and personal with a stingray, dolphin, or sea lion.

For the last leg of your Bahamas Christmas cruise, your ship calls in at Norwegian's private island oasis. Great Stirrup Cay features soft sand beaches and azure waters perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling. Whether you want to work on your tan or splash around in the water, Great Stirrup Cay offers something for everyone.

Throughout the holidays, Norwegian offers a host of Christmas cruises to the Eastern, Western, and Southern Caribbean. Simply decide which islands you want to experience, and let Norwegian take care of the rest.

Christmas Cruise 2020
Why not try a different kind of Christmas activity this year?

Hawaii New Year's Cruise

This holiday season, take a seven-day cruise to four of the most breathtaking islands in Hawaii. Board the newly refurbished Norwegian Pride of America in Honolulu, Oahu, and spend the holidays soaking up the sun, fun, history, and culture of the Hawaiian Islands.

Visit active volcanoes, relax on black sand beaches, hike through pristine forests, play a round of golf on a world-class course, or take a surfing lesson and learn how to ride the perfect wave. With overnight stays in Maui and Kauai, as well as stops in Hilo and Kona on the Big Island, Hawaii offers plenty of excitement for every member of your family.

Hawaii Cruise family activities
Start the year learning how to surf in Hawaii

When it comes to spending quality time with your kids, you simply can't beat a family vacation. This holiday season, take advantage of the time off from work and school to get away from the real world for a few days. Say no to all the holiday party invites and say yes to a cruise vacation with your loved ones. Escape the stress and enjoy every moment as you explore exciting destinations, meet new people, and experience different cultures. Learn more about these four last-minute cruise deals for the holidays and many others when you visit the Norwegian website.