Thanksgiving Cruises 2019

Thanksgiving is a chance to spend time with the family and what better way to celebrate this US holiday than on a cruise! You can sit back and enjoy your time together without having to lift a finger – sound good? Take a look at what the main cruise lines have to offer for Thanksgiving 2019.

When is Thanksgiving in 2019?

In 2019, Thanksgiving is on Thursday 28th November. Every year, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Because of this, the date changes every year. The day is used to celebrate and give thanks to what we have.

Funtastic Thanksgiving with Carnival

Carnival Cruises promises you a tasty turkey dinner onboard with all the trimmings. Family trivia and a fun duck hunt is on offer for after-dinner entertainment. An additional highlight is the screening of the Thanksgiving parade so you won’t miss out on this annual event.

Carnival Cruises Thanksgiving
A fun Thanksgiving with Carnival Cruises, photo credit: Carnival Cruise Line News

Carnival is offering 20 cruises ranging from 3 to 7 days over the Thankgiving period to Mexico and the Caribbean.

Disney Thanksgiving Cruises

On Thanksgiving Day, Disney ships do it in style to ensure a memorable cruise for everyone, including:

  • A mouthwatering, full-course traditional turkey dinner
  • Disney Characters bedecked in festive holiday-themed costumes
  • Seasonal décor throughout the ships
  • Live football broadcasts via satellite on the outdoor, jumbo LED screen
Disney Characters Thanksgiving
Disney characters dress up for Thanksgiving, photo credit: DCL Prep School

Disney Cruise Line is offering four Thanksgiving cruises in 2019:

Norwegian Cruise Line Thanksgiving Sailings

NCL has a particularly good range of cruises on offer over the Thanksgiving period in 2019. There are cruises to Hawaii, Europe, the Caribbean, Dubai, the Far East and Panama Canal. Find the full list here.

Norwegian Epic cruise ship
Why not let Norwegian Cruise Line take care of Thanksgiving?

Norwegian Cruise Line has the following offerings on its Thanksgiving cruises for 2019:

  • Watch the Thanksgiving NFL Game in the Atrium, games are screened in O’Sheehans Bar & Grill, which is conveniently located right next to the Atrium, giving you easy access to drinks and complimentary foods including wings, spicy nachos and burgers
  • Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at dinner time
  • Toast Thanksgiving with some seasonal cocktails such as a Pumpkin Pie Martini

Explore the World with Princess Cruises this Thanksgiving

Princess Cruises has the wide array of cruises to destinations across the world during Thanksgiving 2019.

Thanksgiving Princess Cruises
The Thanksgiving buffet display on Regal Princess, photo credit: Cruise Critic

Special events onboard include a Turkey Calling Contest and the opportunity to add your personal message to the Tree of Thanks that appears in the ships’ atrium, known at the Piazza.

Be Treated like a Celebrity this Thanksgiving

Celebrity Cruises is offering Thanksgiving cruises from Florida in 2019. Children and teenagers will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving-themed arts and crafts and other activities on cruises sailing over the holiday. Adults can relax and unwind, whilst avoiding the dinner preparations and washing up.

Celebrity Cruises Thanksgiving dinner
Celebrity Cruises will take care of Thanksgiving Dinner

Royal Caribbean Thanksgiving Cruises

With so many ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet there are plenty of cruises over Thanksgiving to choose from. It’s a popular time to cruise so it’s best to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Royal Caribbean Thanksgiving dessert
A special menu is served in the main dining room for Thanksgiving

Royal Caribbean Thanksgiving cruises are always popular with families. Along with a traditional turkey dinner, Royal Caribbean screen the Thanksgiving football games. There is no need to worry about missing Black Friday as there will be sales onboard; on this day there is also a special Christmas tree lighting to mark the start of the festive period.

You can search for Thanksgiving Royal Caribbean cruises here.

Final Thoughts on Thanksgiving Cruises

If you are planning to spend Thanksgiving on a cruise, you are sure to have a special time onboard, whichever cruise line you choose to sail with. Most cruises lines that are popular with American cruisers will organise special events and a traditional turkey dinner.

Thanksgiving cruises are a perfect excuse to get together with the family. Cruise lines are seeing a rise in popularity of inter-generational cruises, which is a testament to their abilities to cater for people of all ages.


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