It’s Time to Get OUT of the Kitchen!

Do you go crazy during holiday season? Are you looking for ways to spend time with the family without stress? Do you feel like Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? So much to do to make it the perfect holiday but anything and everything that can go wrong usually does? Or maybe you can relate with the wife who is there to smooth things over and be supportive. Or maybe you are the siblings having to room together so the grandparents can take over your room. I have to say this is one of my all time favorite Holiday movies and talk about stress!! Yes it is a great comedy movie that helps relieve the stress, but how much can you relate to what happens in the movie? Do you feel like the Griswold’s as you prepare for the holidays?

Some people have traditions that they follow each long weekend or holiday and others face the task of deciding what to do. Long weekends and holidays can be stressful times for families as they decide what to do. This year you go to this family for Thanksgiving and this one for Christmas or Chanukah . Next year you switch. Or maybe relatives live close enough where you go to two places for the holidays. Traditions are wonderful, but with the way the world is today families are spread far and wide and having an entire family descend on one house for a weekend or a holiday can be stressful.

There’s the lawns to do; the house needs to be cleaned and have some repairs done; you have to clear out the spare rooms; make up the beds; decide where the kids will sleep; find homes or hotels for the overflow; shop for huge amounts of food to feed everyone, not mention all the food prep and cooking that then follows and we can’t forget trying to store all that food. Not to mention the holiday decorations that need to go up. Then there are not enough seats at the table; people tripping over each other trying to help out; etc. The list goes on and on. How can you possibly to enjoy time with their family with all this going on? If it were me I would be exhausted and in need of a relaxing vacation after everyone goes home!

Well, it is time to get out of the kitchen and do something that will benefit everyone and allow you to spend more time with your family. It’s time for everyone to get together and go on a cruise! Just think about all the benefits of the cruise and all the stress and worry it will save you.

On a cruise, you have a team of chefs and cooks to do all the meal planning, shopping, food prep, and cooking. A team of wait staff to wait on you and serve you food. Stateroom Stewards to make up your room and even your bed, give you fresh towels, clean your bathroom, turndown your bed, etc. Wait staff throughout the ship to bring you your beverage as you sit around a pool or in a lounge and enjoy time with your family. If the kids want something to do then each cruise line has its own kid’s club areas that have age appropriate activities for the kids. They will keep them entertained for the day while the adults enjoy some kid-free time.

How about enjoying a show together as family? Each cruise line has theaters and lounges where shows are scheduled, some even require audience participation. Some cruise lines have ice rinks onboard and you can watch an ice show!

Guys they even have cigar lounges for you if you wish to partake, or how about practicing your golf swing on a golf simulator? For the gals there is shopping and the SPA!

Cruise ships are really floating resorts; there is something onboard for everyone. Then when the ship docks in different ports you then have shore excursions available ranging from bus tours to ATV tours, from walks to zip lining, lazing on the beach to snorkeling or scuba diving. There are many activities to do at each port…oh and I can’t forget the most important one…shopping!!

As you can see there are many ways that taking a cruise will get you out of the kitchen and more face time with your family. As the families come together each holiday season and stress levels are high start planning next year’s holiday get-together on a cruise ship. There are great benefits to booking your cruise at least 12 months in advance. And if you have enough cabins sailing on the ship there are other benefits too.

We have 3-night cruises departing for long weekends that leave on Friday and return on Monday. We have 6- to 9-night cruises that are sailing over Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanza. And if you want to do something different for New Year’s we even have cruises over New Year’s too. Just fill in the form below and we will call you to get your family booked before availability runs out. Take the hassle out of the holidays and contact us NOW!!

About Helen Brahms

World globetrotter, Helen Brahms, is your Luxury Travel Concierge. She specializes in creating unique once-in-a-lifetime travel memories and charity fundraising trips. Whether your travel dreams include exotic locations or time with your family, you can have it all. Helen loves to help people cross destinations off their travel bucket list before they take a dirt nap! Helen is the host of the Have2Travel Radio Show ( and is the author of the book "Congratulations, You're Going On a Cruise! Now What?" and the co-author of the book "Passionistas Talk!: The Best of the Passion Point Interviews (Vol. 1)"
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