The breeze is cooling down, Christmas lights are turning up everywhere, and the excitement builds up as the Holiday season approaches fast. Most people have arranged grand plans for the upcoming Holidays as early as September. It could be a reunion with the family out of town, a white Christmas up in the skiing mountains ofNew Zealand, orbetter yet – a Holiday cruise across the vast oceans.
Cruising is one of the most extraordinary ways to spend Christmas with the family. You can forget skiing and those luxurious beach resorts. If you want your kids to have the most memorable vacation of their lives, then sail away!
Years ago, cruise ships were perceived as a getaway for the single & kids-free people. It is a sanctuary for cocktails and socializing, dancing and partying all night long. But today, cruise shipshave beenoverhauledcompletely to become an ultimate family-friendly Holiday escapade.
Today, cruise ships have everything for all ages. There are cool fairgrounds, waterparks, parades, live shows, skating rinks, and video game arcades for the kids.
There are several great cruise companies that offer terrific Holiday packages for the traveling family. Most of these have great value-for-money deals that would include access to all facilities and attractions, meals, and even cruise travel insurance coverage for each of the family member.
If you’re just starting to plan your dream cruise Christmas getaway, here are the top 5 best Christmas cruises to consider during the Holidays.
Experience a 15-day cruise on the Crystal Symphony. It begins in Auckland and sails the coast of New Zealand before crossing the Tasman Sea for Sydney and Melbourne.
Some of the attractions include:
- Helicopter tour of New Zealand’s only active volcano
- Watch the fur seals in Wellington
- Trip to Middle-earth and visit filming locations from the Lord of the Rings trilogy
Adventures by Disney
Adventures by Disney offers a holiday version of its Danube River cruise for families traveling to Europe. The family can spend Christmas day at Vienna’s Hofburg Palacefollowed by a luscious holiday lunch at Griechenbeisl, the oldest restaurant in the city.
There will be wine tasting onboard for the parents while the kids can enjoy exchange gifts and decorating gingerbread houses in Disney’s Adventure Guide.
Royal Caribbean’s three- to 12-night Caribbean voyages is the stuff of legendary vacations. It is dubbed as the “biggest holiday celebration at sea.” Families can celebrate Christmas and the New Year with carolers, live performances, awesome fireworks display, tree and Menorah lighting ceremonies, great food and a lot more.
Spend the Christmas holiday exploring Spain’s Andalusia region, with guided excursions through Seville, Cadiz, Jerez, and Cordoba. Christmas Day is spent in the city of Jerez, which is popular for its sherry, horses, and flamenco.
Regent Seven Seas
This is one of the grandest cruises one can never forget – a 21-night sailing from Singapore to Sydney. Tourists have 13 days on land, which includes stops in Bali, Komodo, Cairns, and Brisbane, and up to 34 shore tours.
While there is plentiful of attractions to amuse the young ones for the entire Christmas break, there is also adequate activities on-board to entertain the parents. So apparently, everyone will have the best Christmas vacation and everyone goes home happy.