The main reason we booked this particular cruise was because it was a holiday cruise. We arrived back on Christmas Day, so the ship did all the Christmas activities Xmas Eve. For many people, Xmas Eve is the day they do presents and dinner. “Santa” agreed to come early so the kids could get their gifts. Each child got a blue RCI blanket. The holiday dinner was served on Christmas Eve. Same exact menu as last year. They would not let us keep the menu because they needed them for the next sailing which was also a holiday cruise. My mom got one anyway! At 10:30 on Xmas Eve there was caroling in the Promenade with snow!
Hanukkah service was held in the Windjammer each night starting on the 20th. There were far more people than they had expected for the service. We only went on the first night. My mom and I were off exploring and were supposed to meet my husband and her boyfriend in the WJ. My mom and I celebrate Christmas, my husband and her boyfriend are Jewish. My mom and I showed up and the boys were nowhere to be found. So much for the holiday festivities that night! The latkes were yummy!