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Christmas on Silver Cloud

2011/12/27by Donna Hull

Updated 12.01.2013


Christmas tree in reception area of Silver Cloud

Have you wondered what celebrating Christmas at sea is like? One reason that Alan and I booked a boomer holiday on Silversea’s Silver Cloud was to find out. Would there be enough Christmas on Silver cloud to satisfy us or would we miss the hustle and bustle (and the stress) of a holiday at home?

When we first arrived on Silver Cloud, I had my doubts. While there were Christmas trees scattered about, the entire holiday mood was an understated one. And some of the decorations, especially in the Panorama Lounge, looked as if they needed updating.

Cruise directors walk a fine line when it comes to celebrating Christmas on a ship. He or she needs to provide enough holiday finery and cheer to satisfy those who celebrate the holiday while not letting the events overwhelm those who don’t. International guests — with their unique holiday traditions — made up a sizable portion of the guest list on our cruise. And a number of cruisers were celebrating Hanukkah instead of Christmas.


Gingerbread Village on Silver Cloud

A day or two before Christmas Eve, gingerbread houses appeared in every lounge and restaurant, always accompanied by a plate of Christmas cookies for guests to sample. Door decorations were available for those cruisers who wanted to enter the decorate your suite door contest.

On Christmas Eve, Silver Cloud’s pianist, Mario, played Christmas music in the Panorama Lounge as we toasted the night with a glass of champagne. After a dinner of Christmas goose (none for me, thank you), vocalist Tara Khaler performed in the Venetian Lounge. Later, Father Mark celebrated Midnight Mass for all who wanted to attend. Since it was also Hanukkah, a cantor was on board to help Jewish guests celebrate their holiday. Back in our suite, we discovered a plate of Christmas cookies, just in case we were still hungry.


Singing Christmas carols in Silver Cloud

As Alan and I walked around the ship on Christmas morning, the staff (and other cruise guests) greeted us with smiles and  “Merry Christmas.” At lunch, a jazz trio played holiday music in the main restaurant while guests enjoyed the chef’s elaborate galley lunch. Later, Santa presented gifts to the two children on board.

Our Christmas day ended with a formal dinner dance. But first, the entertainment staff performed in a pre-dinner show that included Christmas favorites. The highlight for me was when the housekeeping staff marched on stage wearing Christmas hats. We joined them in singing carols like Silent Night, White Christmas and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. A six-course turkey dinner followed in The Restaurant. Acoustic guitar performed by George Sakellariou provided a soothing end to our holiday. But one more Christmas gift waited in our suite – Panettone – a delicious, Italian culinary tradition.


All dressed up for Christmas formal night

So there you have it – Christmas on Silver Cloud.

Have you celebrated Christmas at sea? Post a comment to share your experience. Alan and I will definitely be planning another holiday cruise.

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A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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Heather on her travels
December 27, 2011 at 4:02 am

It seems like there was just enough Christmas Spirit to keep everyone happy although I’m happy to stay at home with my family at Christmas
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Donna Hull
December 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Heather.


Jackie Smith
December 27, 2011 at 7:32 am

I am delighted to read that George is still playing the guitar for Silversea. Please tell him that these two former guests — ‘the one’s without clothes from Seattle’ a few years ago – remember him fondly and still play his CD often!
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Donna Hull
December 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Jackie, that’s an intriguing message. I’ll share it with George.


Barbara Weibel December 27, 2011 at 9:19 am

Hmmm…reinforces my belief that I just wouldn’t fit in on most cruises. Dressiest thing in my suitcase is khaki pants.
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Donna Hull
December 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Barbara, you would love the adventure cruise that we took in southeast Alaska. No dressing up – kahki pants are the uniform of the day :-).
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Alexandra December 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I don’t think this cruise would be my cup of tea, but my mom would have absolutely loved it.
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Nomadic Samuel December 28, 2011 at 10:28 pm

That looks like a very festive event!
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Erica Price
December 7, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Seems like quite a low key Christmas or at least it could be if you wanted it to be.
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Robert Fowler
December 9, 2013 at 8:33 am

Love Alan’s white Tux. I bet the staff singing the Christmas carols was enjoyable. I always like the crew shows as well.
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