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Hallmark always has a way to get us right in the feels. Coming Nov. 2024, you can combine your love for Hallmark holiday movies into a 4-day Bahamian cruise. For the first time ever, there will be a Hallmark Channel Christmas Cruise, which promises to be full of holiday cheer. Guests will depart from Miami, Florida and travel to Nassau, Bahamas from November 5 – 9, 2024 on the Norwegian Gem. Of course, you’ll be paying a pretty penny. It can cost an estimated $800 per person for an interior room to $4,550 for owners suites. Single guest rooms range from $1,701 to $8,901.
Hallmark partnered with Sixthman, the music-themed cruise company, to transform a standard cruise into a winter wonderland. This unique experience gives fans a chance to meet their favorite Hallmark stars, watch the world premiere of the new Hallmark Channel movie Countdown to Christmas, sing Christmas carols, drink wine, and much more. Sounds like my kind of holiday party.
If you want to spend the holidays at sea, get ready because the first round of cruise presale signups begins Sunday, July 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Deposits start at $100, and this offer is good through March 5, 2024. There’s nothing like Christmas on the open waters, but you will need a passport to travel to the Bahamas.
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Single guest rooms range from $1,701 to $8,901, and presale signups begin Sunday, July 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
This cruise is sure to be a sellout event, so there’s a first round of presale tickets starting on Sun., July 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET. You’ll be asked to register if you don’t already have a Sixthman account. Actual presale booking starts July 18, 2023 at 10 a.m. ET through July 21, 2023 at 2 p.m. ET. General public booking starts after that.
Deposits are $100 per person, but Hallmark offers payment options to make this affordable and enjoyable. The deposit offer is only good through March 5, 2024. Payment options include paying in full within 72 hours of booking, automated monthly billing, and a manual payment plan spread over four deposits. The benefit to paying in full is the 5% discount on stateroom costs.
When you make your reservation, you’ll also be asked to book seats for the movie premiere. You’ll receive reservation information via email after signing up for the presale.
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Cruising runs Nov. 5 – 9, 2024 from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas, and you need a passport.
The Hallmark Channel Christmas Cruise will sail on the Norwegian Gem from the Port of Miami on Tues., Nov. 5, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. ET. Here’s the schedule for the rest of the week:
- Wed., Nov. 6, 2024: At sea
- Thurs., Nov. 7, 2024: Arrive in Nassau at 8 a.m., reboarding at 4:30 p.m.
- Fri., Nov.r 8, 2024: At sea
- Sat., Nov. 9, 2024: Arrive at the Port of Miami
View the entire cruise itinerary here. U.S. citizens need to present a valid passport to travel to the Bahamas. As of right now, passport applications are taking about 13 weeks to process, so start sooner than later if yours is expired.
The cruise cost includes a 4-night roundtrip, but not select amenities or airfare.
Cruise prices range from $800 per person for an interior room to $4,550 for owners suites. Single guest rooms range from $1,701 to $8,901. Choose from 10 staterooms including an obstructed ocean view and balcony to penthouse romance suite and 2-bedroom family penthouse suite.
This holiday cruise has many of the same amenities as standard cruises, so here’s a cheat sheet on what’s included and what’s not:
- 4-night roundtrip from Port of Miami to Nassau, Bahamas
- Access to the fitness center, video arcade, hot tub, swimming pool, walking track, and sports court
- General admission to events
- Coffee, tea, filtered water station, non-pressed juice
- Spa services
- Ground transportation
- Room service
- Alcoholic beverages, bottled water, or soft drinks
- Tours and meals in ports of call
Find more information on the Hallmark Channel Christmas Cruise FAQ page.
Save money on room costs with single occupancy, youth, military, and healthcare discounts.
If you’re a first responder, healthcare professional, single occupancy traveler, or a child 3-14 years old, there’s a discount on staterooms. You can’t combine these discounts with the paid in full option, though.
There’s a $99 youth discount on rooms, and kids 6 months to 2 years old (at the time of booking) will only be charged fees and taxes if booking in a party of 3-5 guests. The healthcare and military discount is 5% off standard staterooms, while single travelers could receive a room discount of $199.
Activities include photo ops, meet-and-greets, wine tastings, cookie decorating, and lots more.
You didn’t think it was just a cruise to the Bahamas, did you? This is freaking Hallmark, so there are tons of exciting holiday-related things to do, see, and eat. Here’s a rundown of sample activities that you can indulge in:
- Christmas “carol-oke”
- Hallmark Channel Wines tastings
- Ugly Sweater contest
- Christmas craft workshop
- Hallmark stars panel and photo-ops (extra fee for professional photos)
- Hallmark movie marathon
- World premiere viewing of Countdown to Christmas in their 850-seat theater
- Tree lighting and sail away ceremony
- Christmas cookie decorating
Other onboard activities are here.