RUN away to sea for Christmas? It is a fast growing trend as adults – often with children in tow – book cruises to escape the hassles of the festive season at home.
Thankfully, Santa Claus never forgets to drop by cruise ships on his Christmas whirlwind tour of the world.
australiancruisingnews.com has seen the red-suited man with the long white beard magically appear from behind a ship’s funnel, and he often rides to cruise ships across the sea in a zodiac, or motorboat, with presents for every child on board.
Santa’s busiest waterways are the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans where he is usually far too warm in his big red suit, though he is dressed perfectly for the European river ships where snow may be falling.
On every waterway he meets families (grandparents, parents and children), groups of friends, couples, and solo travellers, who are all escaping a traditional Christmas at home.
These days international cruise lines go out of their way to make the festive celebrations memorable with traditional lunches, dinners, and Christmas decorations that all add to the party atmosphere.
Thirteen cruise ships – Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend (carnival.com), Celebrity Century, Celebrity Solstice (celebrity.com), Diamond Princess and Sun Princess (princess.com.au), MS Oosterdam (hollandamerica.com) , Pacific Jewel and Pacific Pearl (pocruises.com.au), Radiance of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas, and Voyager of the Seas (royalcaribbean.com.au), and Seabourn Odyssey,( seabourn.com) – all leave Sydney this month to be at sea on Christmas Day while en route to sun-kissed ports.
With so many ships, it might seem there is plenty of choice in seasonal cruises, but recent figures show that many people book up to 12-months in advance which means the best cabins are usually snapped up early.
The beauty of these cruises is that festive planning – food, Christmas decorations, and entertainment – are left to those manning the cruise ship so that passengers are guaranteed a laid-back Christmas/New Year celebration.