Embark on a merry little ‘Cruise-mas' as you set sail into a world of festive enchantment, where holiday cheer fills the air and magical memories await at every port.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year when glistening fairy lights illuminate the lido deck, and the aroma of mulled wine fills the air – the festive season evokes a special kind of magic on a cruise ship. Set sail into a sea of holiday cheer, where grand Christmas trees glisten, festive dinners beckon and the sunshine is endless. From the moment you step aboard, you’ll be immersed into a world of yuletide joy, with a sleigh full of jingle bell-themed activities and delightful surprises, including a special visit from ‘Santa Cruise’. Experience a voyage like no other, whether you indulge in festive feasts, participate in holiday-themed games or just opt for relaxing poolside.
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Unwrap the gift of an unforgettable Christmas at sea with our range of exciting cruises.
1. Festive atmosphere
Step into a world of festive wonder as you set sail with Silversea. Prepare to be dazzled by the extravagant decorations that adorn the ship, rivalling the charm of renowned Christmas displays like those at New York's glittering Saks Fifth Avenue, London's glamorous Harrods, or the beloved Melbourne Myer Windows. Everywhere you turn, you'll find enchanting displays of Christmas from twinkling trees, whimsical wreaths, mistletoe and the joyful sounds of carolers. Expect lively performances hosted by Santa and friends, sumptuous Christmas meals, and tinsel-clad deck parties with festive favourite tunes.
Sail from Sydney to Auckland in 5-star luxury on this 16-night sailing departing December 12, 2023.
2. Smooth-sailing celebrations
Can’t face the crowds and chaos this Christmas? Consider sailing away from it all on P&O’s 8-night holly jolly Christmas cruise sailing from Brisbane to Noumea on 19 December 2023.
Leave the hordes at home for a magical world of enchantment – because there’s no better way of escaping the pressure that often comes with the end-of-year festivities than packing your bags and setting sail. No cooking, no rushing around, no shopping for those impossible family members: what could be better?
A sea-cation promises all meals catered for and a guaranteed festive spirit with friendly crew and staff taking care of the fine details so you don’t have to. Immerse yourself in quality time with your loved ones and create new memories, which could include a special visit from Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Day.
3. Unique destinations
Whether you choose a warm weather cruise to balmy tropical islands or a winter wonderland cruise to picturesque European cities, each port brings its own charm and holiday traditions.
From historic towns decked in holiday finery to sun-soaked shores where Santa wears his shorts, a Christmas cruise is a truly magical experience. Indulge your taste buds with the flavours of local delicacies and savour each bite as you soak in the joyous atmosphere and immerse yourself in the cultural festivities around the world.
From snow-clad mountains to welcoming beaches and everything in between, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 19-night Australia and New Zealand Cruise allows guests to soak in the sunshine of the southern hemisphere while indulging in sophisticated British customs where champagne flows in crystal glasses, afternoon tea is guaranteed and the ship is filled with traditions like carolers, mince pies, and visits from Father Christmas.
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4. Family friendly
Cruises are the perfect family-friendly holiday choice, offering a wide array of activities tailored to all ages.
From the epic kids' clubs, waterslides, arcade games and outdoor cinema screenings with P&O, to the bumper cars and FlowRider surf simulator of Royal Caribbean, there is endless entertainment onboard to keep little ones starry-eyed.
When it comes to dining, the variety onboard is sure to satisfy all tastes, from grab-and-go options to laidback dinners: P&O ships even have a 'Sugar Bar', serving dreamy cakes and desserts.
Set sail for an extra-special Christmas: Sydney: 4-Night Disney Cruise Christmas Sailing with Imaginative Dining, Disney Favourites & Magical Entertainment.
5. New traditions
As you step aboard Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas, you will experience a harmonious blend of classic holiday nostalgia and the joy of creating new traditions. Indulge in timeless delights including cookie decorating, carols and even midnight mass in the ship’s chapel, while also embarking on a journey of discovery, exploring vibrant ports, partaking in local festivities and savouring seasonal delicacies. Enjoy exciting activities and performances that capture the season's splendour, forging new memories that will forever hold a special place in your heart.
Chase the sun during this five-night Christmas cruise through the Bahamas departing Tampa, Florida on 23 December 2023 and set sail to Royal Caribbean's private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay, where you'll be captivated by celebrations for a Christmas like no other.
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