Christmas is a popular time to get away for a break, but even though it’s a combination of peak travel season and high summer, it’s not too late to book if you fancy a cruise. You’ll still enjoy all the festivities you would at home while getting away from it all: carolling, Christmas trees and decorations, festive food, special activities for kids and a visit from Santa. Here are four options if you’re in Brisbane and fancy heading out on high seas for the Christmas holidays.
Queensland on Pacific Aria
Pacific Aria only recently joined P&O’s fleet and is one of several new ships based in Brisbane for the summer. In her maiden season, she’ll be spending the Christmas holidays in her new home state of Queensland, on a 10-night round-trip cruise which departs a week before Christmas Eve. After a relaxing sea day to explore the ship, guests will enjoy a call at the snorkelling and diving haven of Hamilton Island, followed by an overnight stay in Cairns. Afterwards, there’s a visit to the quaint outpost of Cooktown and scenic cruising of Willis Island, followed by Christmas Day enjoying the outdoor playground of Moreton Island.
Need to know: Pacific Aria departs Brisbane on December 17.
The South Pacific on Sea Princess
Fresh from a stint in a dry dock in Singapore, she has emerged with new features including a Legends sports bar and Princess Cruises’ Beer and Wine Garden Festival experience. Sea Princess will be cruising to the South Pacific for the annual Christmas festivities. This 11-night round-trip cruise heads out to Port Vila a week before the holidays, then makes calls to Champagne Bay, followed by an overnight stay in Luganville. On this sailing holiday you’ll spend a relaxing Christmas Day at sea before arriving at Noumea, with two sea days at each end of the cruise to enjoy the ship’s new attractions.
Need to know: Pacific Aria departs Brisbane on December 18.
South Pacific on Pacific Dawn
Just five days before the Christmas holidays officially begin, P&O’s Pacific Dawn will head to the South Pacific. She’ll be taking guests on a round trip, nine-night cruise which begins with two sea days to kick back, followed by four full days in popular ports of call in New Caledonia and Vanuatu, the idyllic Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Port Vila and Lifou just in time for Christmas Day. On this cruise you’ll enjoy Boxing Day on the high seas, plus another day to enjoy your floating resort en route to Brisbane.
Need to know: Pacific Dawn departs Brisbane on December 19.