Posted November 19th, 2018
Cruising At Christmas: 7 Alternative Places To Spend Christmas Day
If Christmas Day usually brings you more stress than joy, perhaps it is time to change things up a bit. Why not make 2018 the year you decide to sail off into the sun for the Christmas period rather than face the same old routine you’ve been through on every December 25th you can remember?
Even if you love Christmas Day and everything that comes with it, there’s no reason why you can’t do exactly as you usually do but in exotic climes rather than the cold and wet UK.
If you are thinking of treating yourself to a relaxing Christmas getaway, here are seven fantastic destinations in which you could wake up on Christmas morning.
Transiting the Panama Canal is on many people’s cruising bucket list, but imagine how much more special it would be doing it on Christmas Day. See the locks and bridges up close on this Central American cruise with Princess Cruises that also visits Costa Rica, Columbia and Jamaica. Departing on the 20th December from Fort Lauderdale, you will spend the big day marvelling at the spectacular feat of engineering that many people refer to as the 8th wonder of the world.
Imagine if you could spend Christmas Day on your own private island. Well, this is the closest you may get to living out that fantasy, as Cococay is owned by Royal Caribbean and is exclusive to guests sailing on board their ships. As well as the beautiful weather, you can enjoy water sports, shopping, Caribbean BBQs, relaxing in beachside cabanas and more. This particular cruise takes place on board Anthem of the Seas and departs New York City on 21st December.
Floreana Island, Galapagos
For wildlife and adventure fans, the Galapagos Islands are a once-in-a-lifetime destination. The ecosystems here are so intricate and amazing that the things you see on a cruise like this will stay with you for a lifetime. Imagine spending Christmas surrounded by real penguins or spotting giant lizards as they lounge on rocks. This sailing from Celebrity Cruises will take you to the Bahia Post Office on Christmas Day, where you can send a very special Christmas card home to your loved ones.
When you think of dream destinations that offer the chance to truly relax, Hawaii has to come close to the top of the list. Sailing with Norwegian Cruise Line, on board Pride of America, you’ll depart Honolulu on the 22nd December and arrive in Hilo for Christmas Day. Situated on Hawaii’s Big Island, Hilo is known for its breathtaking green landscapes. Shore excursions could take you into the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see Kilauea – one of the many active peaks in this area.
Fjordland National Park, New Zealand
When you wake up to find you are in the Fjordland National Park, the magic of Christmas that you felt as a child will be renewed in your eyes. However, instead of staring at presents with your mouth aghast, it will be spectacular scenery causing your heart to pick up the pace. Discover how this part of New Zealand was created by glaciers and sail across the peaceful Milford Sound on an unforgettable experience with Princess Cruises.
Gulf cruises are another great option at this time of year, allowing you to cruise in luxury as well as sunny comfort. This fantastically priced itinerary from Pullmantur Cruises leaves Dubai on the 22nd December and will take you to Abu Dhabi and Fujairah, as well as the capital of Oman. Whilst you admire the history all around you, courtesy of the fortifications that guard the coast, there’s a chance to treat yourself to a Christmas present from one of the souks.
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Spending Christmas Day sailing the waters of Ha Long Bay is definitely a change of scenery and one that is sure to inspire you. Having stepped off Celebrity Millennium for the time being, you’ll climb aboard a Chinese junk boat and experience something that locals have been doing for hundreds of years. The chance to try some of the fantastic food in the area will also be a welcome variation from the traditional turkey.
If you would like to enjoy a stress-free Christmas on board on any these cruises (or any of the others we have available) call the team on 0808 250 7052. We can answer all your queries and give you the peace of mind that comes with booking with an ABTA and ATOL bonded agent.