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.

Santa Claus makes a zip-line appearance on the mega cruise ship Allure of the Seas.
Santa Claus makes a dramatic zip-line appearance on Royal Caribbean’s mega ship Allure of the Seas which is cruising through the Caribbean islands at Christmas

australiancruisingnews.com has seen the man in the big red suit and the long white beard appear from behind a ship’s funnel, or on a motorboat, or on a zip-line, and always with presents in tow.

At sea, Santa meets families (grandparents, parents and children), groups of friends, couples, and solo travellers, who are all enjoying the benefits of Christmas at sea. The food, Christmas decorations, and entertainment have been left to cruise ship staff and passengers have a laid-back celebration.

Cruise lines go out of their way to make the celebrations memorable with traditional lunches, dinners, and Christmas decorations that all add to the party atmosphere. Christmas Day is at sea and not in port, so that all the passengers have to do is nibble on shortbread, listen to Christmas carols, eat turkey and plum pudding, and welcome a “Ho! Ho! Ho-ing!” Santa aboard.

With Christmas sneaking up fast, and so many ships in Australian waters for this summer’s bumper season, there is a wealth of cruise options to take the seasonal stress out of the holiday equation. But, figures show that many people book up to 12-months in advance for a Christmas cruise so that many of the best cabins have already been snapped up.

For those who really want Christmas Day at home, some cruises sail in the days just afterwards, and those will factor in New Year celebrations at sea.

Check out the cruise lines below for festive cruises from Australian ports:

Carnival, carnival.com.au

Celebrity, celebritycruises.com.au

Holland America, hollandamerica.com

P&O Cruises, pocruises.com.au

Princess Cruises, princess.com

Royal Caribbean, royalcaribbean.com.au





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