Posted October 31st, 2016
5 Of The Best Christmas Cruises For 2016
Christmas is a magical, if not stressful, time of year and one that we all like to spend differently. Whilst some like to stay at home and gather their family around them, others are looking to escape their usual routine and head off on a festive adventure. Luckily for sun-searchers, we have some fantastic Christmas cruises available which will help you celebrate in style. Here are just a few great examples.
Canaries Christmas & New Year – Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
This cruise on board Balmoral has the added bonus of sailing from the UK. You will leave Southampton on the 20th of December and then return back to Britain’s most popular cruise port on the 7th of January. The Canary Islands are a great destination to visit at this time, as they are bathed in sunshine practically all year round. The temperature is sure to be a great deal warmer than in the UK and you have sea days at either end of the trip to relax on board the ship. Highlights include stops in Casablanca, Lisbon and spending Boxing Day in Fuerteventura.
Western Mediterranean – Norwegian Cruise Line
Whilst this Western Med cruise may not be able to offer scorching temperatures, you will still get to visit some fantastic cities and spend Christmas Eve in beautiful Naples. Also sailing on the 20th of December, this time from Barcelona, you will visit Marseille, Rome, Livorno and Palma. Amongst the exciting shore excursions there’s the chance to visit the towns of Cinque Terre, sample wine inside a Tuscan castle and climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Holiday Fiestas – Oceania Cruises
If you are looking to go further afield on your Christmas cruise, why not choose to sail the west coast of America and Mexico? Departing from LA on the 21st of December, you will board Oceania Cruises’ newest ship, Sirena, and spend 14 nights along the Pacific coast. There is sure to be a party atmosphere on board as you celebrate Christmas Day at sea and this will extend to sun-drenched ports such as Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas. You can spend your time lazing on the beautiful beaches or taking part in some energetic excursions in the form of zip lining, horse riding and getting up close and personal with whale sharks.
New Zealand – Princess Cruises
On the other side of the Pacific, you can be one of the first people to ring in the New Year if you choose this breathtaking cruise of New Zealand. It departs Auckland on the 21st of December and includes visits to Wellington, Melbourne and the Fjordland National Park. You’ll also enjoy Christmas Day in the shadow of an ancient volcano, in the Maori town of Akaroa. As part of the optional excursions, film fans can tour the Hobbiton movie set, used in the making of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films; thrill-seekers can quad bike along the coast of Wellington; and those who wish to relax can do so thanks to a Polynesian Lake Spa Retreat.
The Caribbean – Cunard
The Caribbean is a popular winter cruise destination and the perfect place to relax during the Christmas period. As well as giving you the chance to spend some time in New York and blissful islands such as Dominica, St Thomas and St Kitts, this holiday features an iconic experience that will be on every cruiser’s bucket list – a transatlantic crossing on board Queen Mary 2. During the New York to Southampton leg, you can join in the celebrations as you welcome 2017 in style.
With two months to go until Christmas, now is the perfect time to grab a late deal. And as the nights begin to get darker and darker, it will be great to look forward to bathing in some winter sunshine. Contact us today to plan your Christmas cruise.