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

Updated 04/25/19
Thanksgiving Cruises —

When you think about , 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 . 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 —no side dish required. So go ahead, break tradition. With these Thanksgiving cruises, you might rethink all the holidays to come.

Thanksgiving Cruises — Disney Magic
Disney Cruise

Disney Magic

If you book a 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.

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Thanksgiving Cruises — Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean

While you take  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.

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Thanksgiving Cruises — American Cruise Lines
American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines

Want to stay stateside? Vacation from Memphis to New Orleans aboard . 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.

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Thanksgiving Cruises — Carnival


Aboard a , you can have your vacation and keep your traditions, too. Vacation 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.

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Thanksgiving Cruises — Norwegian


Spend your Thanksgiving in Kauai, Hawaii, through a —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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