The stores are breaking out their red and green decorations. Christmas trees, with their garlands and ornaments, are making their long- awaited appearances. The mall is packed with those searching for the perfect gift. The smell of hot chocolate and holiday drinks lingers in the air everywhere. Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls are playing on the radio on repeat.

As the Christmas holidays are approaching, I have finally finalized my Christmas vacation plans and I couldn’t be more excited. After my tedious adventure exploring the cities of Europe during the summer months, this is my chance to finally put up my feet and take a breather.

To end off 2015, I will be going on a cruise around the Panama Canal (Full Transit) I’ve heard great things about these types of cruises and the amazement of the lock system so I thought December would be the perfect time to escape the cold Toronto winter. I’ll be embarking on the Island Princess (Princess Cruises are definitely my favourite cruise line) and the whole cruise trip will consist of 15 days- 5 port days and 10 At Sea days.


Travelling by cruise has always been my favourite means of travel. There really is nothing better than spending an entire day at sea where you can go for a swim, lounge on the deck with a book and a cup of coffee, go for a run around the ship, or attend one of the many activities the ship has planned for you daily- all in one day. What I love most is that you can visit many different ports of call without having to pack and unpack a million times. (my biggest pet peeve)

The ports of call for the Panama Canal (Full Transit) cruise include:

  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
  • Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Cartagena, Colombia
  • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Back to Fort Lauderale, Florida

Usually, I’ll simply book an excursion with Princess Cruises for the day we’re docked at a port so I don’t need to go to the trouble of researching my own means for transportation and all the tourist attractions I need to go to.

My favourite thing about Christmas Cruises is that you can spend Christmas and New Year’s on the cruise itself. The whole ship is decked out in Christmas decor and Santa himself even makes a special appearance. On New Years, there’s a huge countdown in the Piazza of the ship with a balloon drop to mark the start of the new year. It couldn’t be more festive.

I set sail on December 20th in Los Angeles, California so now all that’s left to do is count down the days and wait.

What are your plans for the Christmas Holidays? 




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