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Cruise through the festive season

Sarah on Dec 15, 2015

Cruise through the festive season

The Christmas season is just about over for 2015, and if you're anything like the majority of us, you might be glad to put it behind you and get summer started. Fun and stress often come in equal measure during the lead up to December 25th - and the scales can easily tip in either direction!

If you've come out the other side of this silly season a little worse for wear, now is the time to start planning your cruisy Christmas for 2016. We're giving you permission to take a year off from the crazy schedule of events and spend one yuletide in total relaxation.

It's not so much what a cruising Christmas can offer you that makes it a great option, but what it doesn't offer. Board a ship for the holiday and you'll avoid baking, cooking, washing dishes, cleaning the house, hosting parties, awkward conversations with distant relatives and perhaps even that office potluck. It's a true escape, and a fantastic way to celebrate with just those closest to you. Enjoy meals laid on, a pool to lie beside, port stops in exotic locations, daily entertainment and not being required to do anything you'd rather not. What a gift!

Our top Christmas cruises for Australians in 2016

With the memories of Christmas craziness fresh in your mind, now is the perfect time to plot your getaway in 2016! Here are a few great options for the Christmas escapee.
  • The New Zealand Cruise on the Emerald Princess heads across the ditch to enjoy the Kiwi summer for a full fortnight. It departs on the 19th of December 2016 so you can get away before the madness really begins, and make the most of an elegant Princess cruise.
  • The New Zealand Cruise on the Ovation of the Seas is one of the few chances to get on this enormous ship in Australia - for a while at least! It departs on the 15th of December 2016 from Sydney and circumnavigates NZ for an unforgettable journey on a ship which is at the cutting edge of cruise entertainment with features like a skydiving simulator, a circus school, bumper cars and endless dining options.
  • The Christmas Cruise aboard the Pacific Jewel leaves from Melbourne - good news for the Victorians among us! It departs on the 16th of December 2016 and makes the long trek to the Pacific isles for a 13-night getaway. Christmas Day itself is spent in Noumea on this cruise, so you can celebrate with the New Caledonians.
  • This Papua New Guinea Cruise by Princess Cruises is perfect for anyone wanting an exotic escape over Christmas. It takes place onboard the Sea Princess, leaving Brisbane on the 18th of December to head up to the lovely ports of PNG. The elegant ship and beautiful Melanesian country will make your Christmas dreams come true!
  • This Christmas Cruise on new P&O fleet member Pacific Eden is a domestic itinerary heading from Sydney up to the tropical Northern Queensland. At 10 nights long, it is an ideal length for those with limited time off, and a great way to pass the festive season without straying too far from home.

Here's to a cruisy Christmas in 2016!

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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