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The Best Last-Minute Christmas Cruises to the South Pacific

It’s easy for Australians to imagine a Christmas without snow. But can you consider a Christmas with no carols, cheesy movies, boughs of holly or the jolly bearded one? Well neither can the major cruise lines, which come over all Christmassy for the festive season while simultaneously whisking you away. The joys of taking a last-minute cruise to the South Pacific are many and varied, but – first and foremost – it’s a relaxing way to get together with your extended family without anyone having to shoulder the stress of feeding the hordes or tackling a Mt Everest of washing up. Here are six of the best last-minute cruises to the South Pacific over the 2015 Christmas period. 



Pacific Pearl departs Sydney on December 17 for a 10-night round trip to the South Pacific with calls to Noumea, New Caledonia; Mystery Island and Port Vila, Vanuatu; and Lifou and the Isle of Pines, New Caledonia.

Pacific Jewel departs Melbourne on December 17 for a 12-night round trip to the South Pacific with calls to the Isle of Pines and Lifou, Port Vila, Mystery Island and Noumea.

Highlights: Apart from the “no washing up” factor, P&O provides plenty of reasons to be merry, including those snow machines in the Atrium, roaming Christmas carollers, cookie-decorating classes, church services, a Christmas Eve concert with guest entertainers and a special Christmas Eve grotto filled with lollies and lights.


Dawn Princess departs Sydney on December 21 for a 13-night round trip from Sydney to New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

Sea Princess departs Brisbane on December 18 for an 11-night round-trip cruise to ports such as Lifou, New Caledonia and Espiritu Santo and Champagne Bay, Vanuatu.

Highlights: Special seasonal activities include a competition to construct a gingerbread house, a concert with seasonal songs, religious services and scavenger hunts to find the elf on the shelf. There will also be a reading of The Night Before Christmas and a feast featuring favourites such as roast turkey, mince pies and Christmas cookies. Santa Claus will also make a cameo.


Explorer ofthe Seas departs Sydney December 24 for a 13-night cruise that calls at New Zealand's Bay of Islands, Tauranga and Auckland as well as the Isle of Pines and Noumea, New Caledonia.

Legend of the Seas departs Brisbane on December 20 for a 10-night South Pacific Treasures Cruise. Port visits: Maré, New Caledonia; Lifou, Loyalty Island; Mystery Island, Vanuatu; Port Vila, Vanuatu; and Champagne Bay, Vanuatu.

Highlights: A last-minute Christmas cruise with Royal Caribbean is full of jovial cheer for the entire family. As well as typical Christmas Day fare – such as roast turkey and brandy-spiked puddings – children will get to meet Santa and his elves, decorate cookies and create Yuletide-themed art and craft. The air will also be charged with festive energy thanks to the fact the decks have been decked out with tinsel and fairy lights. Sing along to Louis Armstrong’s gravelly voice with the carolling crew members and enjoy the offshore excursions to experience how the season is celebrated in the South Pacific.


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