Cruise ships are eye candy every day. But add boughs to the bow and Santas to the stern, and you get a whole new and joyous level of wonderful.
Here are just a few of the ways the ships get decked out for the holidays:
Oh, Christmas tree, how lovely are thy ornaments. Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas and its sister ship, Allure, certainly wow with towering trees and snowflakes dangling along the Promenade.
Suddenly seeing red. When we boarded the Caribbean Princess one early December, lighted garlands lined the piazza. Then, one day, live poinsettias popped up out of nowhere. And were everywhere.
Hung where you can see. We started our Regal Princess cruise this November 27, but December 1 turned on all the lights. While we lunched in Horizon Court, wreaths were literally getting hung over our heads.
The guests join in. From dolled-up doors to Santa hats, some cruisers have their own special ways of getting into the mood.
The most marvelous decor of all. Nothing beats the magic when it takes a village to make gingerbread. The display on the Oasis is great, but it's Celebrity’s Constellation that takes the cake.