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Alternative Places To Spend Christmas Day

Christmas Day is one of the happiest and most magical dates in the calendar. Whether you’re a child looking forward to all of those presents, an adult excited to spend the holiday season with the people you love the most or just someone looking forward to a few days away from the office; Christmas Day can’t fail to bring a smile to your face.

However, you may have grown tired of the same routine year in year out and are looking for something different to spending the most festive of days at home. Here are some fantastic alternatives for those who love to cruise.

Barbados - P&O Cruises

Barbados Beach

If you’re looking to swap the cold, frosty air of the UK for a sun-soaked beach, then where better to head off to than Barbados? This 14-night cruise on board Azura starts and finishes on the island, taking you on a tour of the Eastern Caribbean before bringing you back to Barbados for the 25th. You could spend your Christmas Day lounging on the beach, exploring the underground caves and waterfalls or doing nothing with a cool drink in hand.

The Galapagos – Celebrity Cruises

Blue-footed Booby

The Galapagos Islands are a pretty magical destination on any day of the year, but spending Christmas day hopping from one island to another is sure to be an experience you will never forget. This cruise takes place on board Celebrity Xpedition and lasts for 7-nights. Guests will fly out to the airport at Baltra on the 20th of December, before going on to visit a variety of different ports in the archipelago. When Christmas day arrives, you will visit three different sites on San Cristobal Island. Here, you can explore the capital of the Galapagos (Puerto Baquerizo), see some of the unique wildlife that lives here and journey to Kicker Rock, which is shaped like a lion.

Indonesia – Azamara Cruises

Komodo Dragons

There’s no doubt that a Christmas cruise to Indonesia will provide something different to your usual festive routine. Azamara Club Cruises are offering their ‘Bali and Barrier Reef Voyage’, which includes 14 nights on board Azamara Quest. When you open your eyes on Christmas morning you will have docked on the island of Komodo, where you will celebrate by going in search of dragons. The Komodo dragon is the largest lizard on the planet and joins vibrant marine creatures in providing excellent wildlife spotting opportunities in this beautiful part of the world.

South Africa – Regent Seven Seas

Elephant Hluhluwe Game Reserve

If you want to enjoy an extended break over the festive period, the ‘Safaris, Spices and Sarongs’ itinerary from Regent Seven Seas is a great choice. You will sail on board Seven Seas Voyager from South Africa to Thailand, enjoying all of the luxuries that are part of a cruise with this all-inclusive operator. This 44-night trip also visits Madagascar, the Seychelles, Myanmar and will take you to Richard’s Bay, South Africa for Christmas Day. You could spend your time discovering the history and culture of the Zulu people or taking a safari through the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. The cruise also allows you to welcome 2016 with a visit to the spice island of Zanzibar on New Year’s Day.

New Zealand – Princess Cruises

Dunedin New Zealand

After spending Christmas Eve amongst the stunning landscapes of the Fjordland National Park, you can spend Christmas Day exploring yet more of New Zealand with Princess Cruises. The 13-night sailing departs Sydney on the 21st and will have you in Dunedin for the 25th. This city will show you its Scottish roots and wish you a Merry Christmas from its Victorian houses, quaint streets and traditional whisky distillery. The cruise takes place on board Diamond Princess.

If you would like any more information about these fantastic Christmas cruises, or any of the others we have available, please call our team today. Alternatively, you can use our online contact form to get in touch.

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