Holiday time isn’t always the fun, relaxing and enjoyable time off from work we imagine. From rushing around cooking, cleaning and arranging the family, you can sometimes end up more worn out than before the holidays. That’s why a Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises or Azamara Club Cruises voyage over the hectic Christmas period is the perfect solution.
“Although many of us count down and look forward to the holidays for some well-deserved R&R, often it doesn’t always work out that way. A cruise removes the stress of cooking, cleaning and entertaining – so you too can truly relax and enjoy quality time with friends and family during your precious time off,” said Adam Armstrong, commercial director, RCL Cruises Australia.
“When you are on a Royal Caribbean, Celebrity or Azamara Club cruise, our attentive and caring crew take care of everything. There is no need to cook, make the bed, wash up, entertain the kids – it’s all done for you. So you actually have time to read that new book, sip an uninterrupted cocktail by the pool or treat yourself to a manicure or massage onboard,” continued Adam.
“Christmas and Easter are also particularly special on a cruise. Along with the usual activities and indulgent amenities that you’ll only find on our ships, you can truly enjoy the holiday cheer with extra special touches like themed entertainment, menus, carolling and Easter egg hunts.”
Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas, famous for her 10 onboard dining options, will spend Christmas sailing the South Pacific during her 11-night cruise departing Sydney on 15 December 2015. Your Christmas holiday period will be filled with crystal blue waters, palm trees and tropical weather with your hardest task deciding which of the incredibly diverse dining options to try next. Fares start from just $1,499 per person and if booked by 7 November 2015 guests also receive US$200 onboard credit per stateroom.
Celebrate Christmas and the New Year onboard Australia’s largest and most feature-packed cruise ship, Explorer of the Seas, during her maiden Australian season. Departing Sydney 24 December 2015, this 13-night sailing lets you explore beautiful New Zealand and New Caledonia for the festive season. While sea days can be spent surfing on one of only two FlowRiders sailing our seas (the other on twin sister Voyager of the Seas), indulging in incredible food in one of eight dining options onboard including Japanese, Italian and an authentic steakhouse, shopping up a storm in the Royal Promenade or relaxing in the world class spa. Fares start from just $2,399 and if booked by 7 November 2015 guests also receive US$200 onboard credit per stateroom.
If you want to spend Christmas in a more exotic locale, Celebrity Millennium’s Christmas and New Year cruise lets you experience South East Asia during a 14-night sailing from Hong Kong to Singapore via Vietnam and Thailand. Fares start from $2,139 per person for an interior stateroom, or upgrade to an Oceanview stateroom to qualify for Celebrity’s new Big Better Best onboard inclusions from just $2,339. Big Better Best lets guests choose one of four complimentary inclusions for Oceanview bookings: Classic Beverage Package, unlimited internet, pre-paid gratuities or USD$150 in onboard credit per person.
Azamara Club Cruises will debut in Australia this year and you can be part of history as her Christmas and New Year cruise is the first cruise ever to arrive in our local waters. Azamara Quest will sail for 14-nights from Bali on 22 December 2015 via Lombok and Komodo, Indonesia and Darwin, Thursday Island, Cooktown and Port Douglas before arriving in Cairns. Guests sailing onboard Azamara have even less to worry about with more onboard inclusions on every cruise, such as beverages, gratuities and self-service laundry as well as longer stays in port; more overnight calls and exclusive AzAmazing Evenings. Fares for Azamara Quest’s Christmas and New Year cruise start from $3,979 for the first guest and $1,990 for the second guest in an interior stateroom when booked by 31 October 2015. Plus, for bookings made between 11-17 October 2015, the Azamara Flash Sale includes an upgrade to a Verandah Stateroom from just AU$200 additional per person.
Australia’s highest rated cruise ship^ and recently crowned best domestic cruise ship^^ Celebrity Solstice takes the stress out of Easter holiday planning. Departing Sydney 20 March 2016 on a 12-night sailing, she’ll take guests to the beautiful islands of New Caledonia, Loyalty Island and Fiji all while you relax in her exceptional spa facilities, enjoy an array of fine dining or sink your toes in her real grass lawn on the top deck. Fares start from just $1,999 per person for an interior, or spoil yourself with a Balcony from $2,559 and qualify for the Go Big pricing tier, letting you select one of four complementary inclusions: Classic Beverage Package, unlimited internet, pre-paid gratuities or USD$150 in onboard credit per person at no extra cost.