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