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Unforgettable festivities await on Australia's favourite cruise ships this Christmas

Many people consider Christmas a time for family, and wouldn't dream of going away when there are so many opportunities to spend time with loved ones over the holiday period. However, slaving over a hot stove takes on new meaning in Australia's December heat, and running around from place to place can become wearying - especially when the clan is spread out across multiple cities. Quality time is made shorter by hours spent travelling, cooking and cleaning, and nerves are frazzled by the stresses of the season.

There's a simple solution to all of this. Cruises are the best type of family holiday, allowing total relaxation and unlimited time together whilst still offering something different for all ages. It can even be surprisingly cost-effective when all expenses are taken into account. Organise a Christmas cruise with your family and you might just experience the best yuletide yet.

Family fun for everyone
If you can convince the family to come cruising with you for Christmas, your time for fun will be plentiful and better than ever. You can catch dinner and a show for a great evening out, get in some friendly competition at a sports court, mini golf course or rock climbing wall, splash around in the pool with the kids and learn something new together with an onboard class or lecture.

If the togetherness becomes just a little too much, there are options to prevent a meltdown: Kids Club, activities for teens, and even Adult-Only areas on many ships. You could take advantage of the in-cabin babysitting for a night of cocktails, live music and grown-ups bonding time.

No more mealtime madness
The best part of a family Christmas cruise? You can sit down to eat together without anyone ducking in and out of the kitchen to check on dessert, serve dishes and get a start on cleaning up. No cooking and no dishes - that is the basis of an amazing meal. All lines put on some kind of festive feast for December the 25th, and most offer Santa encounters for the kids, decorations, trees and the whole experience so you needn't feel like you are missing out on yuletide cheer. The magic can happen at sea just as well as on land!

Hakuna Matata
No worries could be the motto for a cruise holiday. The all-inclusive nature of the trip means that you don't have to think about anything but having a good time and what you might do at your next port stop.

Gathering everyone in the same place is no good if their hearts are elsewhere, or their minds are occupied with a million thoughts of travel details, cooking schedules, and the whereabouts of various children. A cruise holiday can offer not only more time together but more quality time together - when everyone is relaxed and ready to interact.

Cost effective? We think so
As holidays go, cruises are relatively inexpensive. With accommodation, transport, entertainment and more all included, the random costs which add up quickly are eliminated. We did an in-depth comparison on cruising vs land-based vacations a few weeks back and cruising stacked up very well against a trip requiring flights, hotels, meals and other miscellaneous expenses.

Christmas often means buying a lot more food, a lot more petrol and a huge pile of presents. If you can sell a cruise holiday as everyone's present to each other, you might even find you spend more or less the same amount on your Christmas at sea as what you would spend on a traditional celebration at home.

Keen on the idea?

It's easy to track down a Christmas cruise on Cruise Sale Finder - it's what we do! Just take a look in the "search by date" panel on the home page and choose the cruises departing in December of the year you desire, scroll a bit to find those departing in the latter half of the month, and start planning! Alternatively, give us a call on 1300 44 00 26 and speak to one of our friendly consultants who can help you track down the perfect Christmas cruise.

Many of the cruising companies offer christmas cruises from Australia including P&O, Carnival, Holland America, Princess cruises and Royal Caribbean.

Written By: Sarah Glover, Content Editor of Cruise Sale Finder

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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