Singing carols while riding the high seas spreads almost as much yuletide cheer as flying across the sky on a reindeer made of edible diamonds. Abandon the abrasive allure of gemstones with today's Groupon. For $72, you get two tickets to Accent Cruises' Carol Ship Dinner Cruise, running daily from November 21st to December 21st and boarding at 6:30 p.m. on the west side of Granville Island. The three-hour dinner cruise invites patrons to curl up beside a romantic private table, aboard a yacht outfitted in the most stylish of seasonal garb for a feast of traditional Christmas comfort fare, complete with honey glazed ham, buttery vegetables, and hallucinated sugar plums. Views of the Vancouver Harbour soothingly stimulate eye sensors and the singing of carols cultivates a camaraderie only achievable on land by sacrificing your last stick of gum.
Accent Cruises’ fleet of yachts provide panoramic views of this crepuscular splendor as they glide past Burrard Inlet, Point Atkinson, and Whytecliff Park during private and public charters. The event planners at Accent Cruises strive to match the opulent backdrop of international ocean freighters and coastal mansions with equally lavish cruises. A resident chef prepares baked salmon and baked chicken for an optional dinner during the cruises, which depart 2–6 nights a week, and 200 party guests can carouse on the M.V. Burrard Queen's deck for private charters. Vessels come with stereo systems, fully stocked bars, and at least one passenger who used to be a class clown, further enlivening cruises.