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Last Minute New Year Cruises 2016 – The Best of the Australia and Pacific

If you’re looking for a different way to celebrate New Year’s Eve this year, why not run away to sea? It’s not too late to book a cruise and if you really want to get away from it all, a few in our selection sail over both Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.


Superstar Virgo’s 22-night voyage from Sydney to Hong Kong departs on December 9 and arrives in Hong Kong on the morning of December 31. Book a couple of extra nights in Hong Kong so you can catch the spectacular fireworks on Victoria Harbour before you fly home.


There are two South-East Asian cruises that take in Christmas and New Year’s Eve: Sun Princess’ 15-night round-trip from Fremantle to Indonesia, departing December 20, and Azamara Quest’s 14-night cruise from Bali to Cairns, departing December 22. It’s the first time Azamara Club Cruises has sent a ship Down Under and there’s sure to be a party on board as the ship leaves Thursday Island on the evening of December 31.


Cruising to and around New Zealand is another popular option: Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess, Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas, Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Legend, Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess and Sea Princess and Holland America Line’s MS Noordam are all heading to the Land of the Long White Cloud over the New Year period. Sea Princess departs from Brisbane and Golden Princess from Melbourne; the others all set sail from Sydney.


While most of these ships will be celebrating New Year’s Eve at sea, MS Noordam will be in the North Island’s glorious Bay of Islands and Golden Princess will be sailing through the famous Milford, Dusky and Doubtful Sounds in the South Island’s Fiordland for the day of the 31st.


Cruisers heading for the South Pacific at this time of year are spoilt for choice, with eight different ships leaving Australia on various itineraries. Dawn Princess and Explorer ofthe Seas will be sailing over Christmas and New Year, both departing Sydney for 13-night cruises on December 21 and 24 respectively.


P&O CruisesPacific Pearl and Pacific Eden sail out of Sydney for 12-night Pacific cruises on December 27 and 28, while Pacific Dawn leaves Brisbane for a nine-night cruise on December 28. Carnival Spirit will be at the Isle of Pines, New Caledonia, on the 31st; Radiance of the Seas will be at Vanuatu’s Champagne Bay all day and Legend of the Seas will be cruising between Brisbane and Noumea.


If cruising closer to home is more your style, P&O Cruises has two Australian coastal itineraries to choose from. Pacific Jewel will leave Melbourne on a 10-night round-trip on December 29 and will be in Burnie, Tasmania on New Year’s Eve. Pacific Jewel will be calling at Robe, Port Lincoln, Adelaide and Kangaroo Island in South Australia and Portland in Victoria.


Pacific Eden departs Brisbane on December 29 for a seven-night Queensland cruise; it will call at Hamilton Island, Cairns for two days and anchor at Willis Island in the Coral Sea.


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