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6 Cruises to take this Christmas

There’s no better time to cruise the summer waters than Christmas – carolling, eating and sightseeing with the family. It’s the time of year that St Nick sets sail, and now you can join him with these Yuletide cruising offers that are sure to have the kids jumping out of their skin well before the big day

1. Disney Fantasy, Eastern Caribbean

Disney cruise line

What happens when you combine the magic of Disney with the festivities of Christmas? The merriest time a child could have, that’s what. Disney Cruise Line dubs its holidays at sea “Merrytime Cruises” and Disney Fantasy sure delivers.

Christmas carols, tree lighting ceremonies, Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball, storytime under the giant tree with Mrs Claus, gingerbread house building, Deck the Deck Holiday Party (which includes candy cane limbo and hula hooping), Christmas Dinner and a final farewell celebration... it’s a wonder any family survives the holidays with Disney!

Departing from Port Canaveral, Fantasy visits the beautiful Castaway Cay (which is transformed into a snow-sprinkled paradise), the very best of Caribbean Mexico, before making her way to exotic Puerto Rico. It’s truly Christmas fun in the sun at its best.

Cruise Information:
Cruise: Disney Cruise Line, Disney Fantasy
Destination: Caribbean
7 Nights
Departs: 19 November 2016

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2. Ovation of the Seas, New Zealand

Ovation of the seas

New Zealand, aka The Land of the Long White Cloud, is great at any time of the year, but during the Christmas period with Royal Caribbean, both the North and South islands of New Zealand truly come alive.

The all-new Ovation of the Seas, Australia’s largest and most technologically advanced cruise ship, will visit both Sydney and Hobart while docked on Australian shores, the picturesque Milford and Doubtful Sounds, Scottish-flavoured Dunedin, the coffee capital of Wellington, and the chance to journey to the famous geysers, mud pools and hot springs near Tauranga and Auckland. Escape the pre-Christmas madness while enjoying some of the ship’s never-seen-before-in-Australia features, including her skydiving simulator and hi-tech aerial theatre, sure to be a hit with littlies.

Cruise Information:
Cruise: Royal Caribbean, Ovation of the Seas
Destination: New Zealand
15 Nights
Departs: 15 December 2016

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3. Pacific Pearl, South Pacific

Pacific Pearl

There’s something extra-special about the holiday season with P&O. When the little ones aren’t totally immersed in the kids’ club’s Christmas-themed activities and movies, they can join the family carolling, learn how to decorate delicious festive cookies and marvel at the spectacular P&O Christmas Eve concert that features special guest entertainers.

As you celebrate the big day cruising around the Pacific Islands you’ll be treated to a hearty, traditional Christmas lunch and dinner featuring cooked ham, salads, roast turkey and roast vegetables, as well as Christmas puddings, fruit mince pies and of course, Christmas crackers! To top it all off your family can spend some magical time together catching falling snowflakes on your tongues in the cruise liner’s atrium, courtesy of the Christmas snow machine.

Cruise Information:
Cruise: P&O, Pacific Pearl
Destination: South Pacific
10 Nights
Departs: 17 December 2016

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4. MSC Splendida, Mediterranean

MSC Splendida

All the magical moments of Christmas are bundled together in one big gift to your family from MSC Cruises. Young and old alike can celebrate a very cultured holiday season this year on board MSC Splendida, departing Rome on 19 December and arriving back on Boxing Day after touring Palermo, Valletta, Barcelona, Marseille and Genoa. With a visit from the big man in red himself bearing gifts for all children on deck, there’s also Gingerbread Villages, Christmas Markets, banquet dinners, themed parties and variety shows galore.

To top it all off, celebrated European chef Carlo Cracco has dreamt up some very special Christmas menus that are sure to delight the whole family. This year MSC is throwing in all the Christmas trimmings too: cabin accommodation with ensuite bathroom and double bed, including a 20-hour buffet service and all main meals in the main restaurant. For mum and dad there’s the Gala Dinner and Captain’s cocktail party, and a (very) special Christmas Eve feast too.

Cruise Information:
Cruise: MSC Cruises, MSC Splendida
Destination: Mediterranean
7 Nights
Departs: 19 December 2016

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5. Carnival Spirit, Pacific Islands

carnival spirit

Each Christmas, Carnival’s cruise ships become exactly that – a festive, merry carnival! With holiday menus including a scrumptious family Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch, special photo-ops with Santa (as a certified thalassophile, he makes the time to get around to all the ships on his list, of course), Christmas decorating contests and themed games.

The famous Carnival atrium also gets into the spirit – decked out with a giant Christmas tree that is sure to have the little ones’ heads cranked skyward in wonder, particularly during the “Let it Snow” event times when it fills with falling snow and carolling crew members.

Cruising with little stars of the stage? They’ll love singing and dancing along with the ship’s big Christmas show, put on by Carnival’s senior crew and Playlist Production cast.

Cruise Information:
Cruise: Carnival, Carnival Spirit
Destination: Pacific Islands
11 Nights
Departs: 18 December 2016

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6. Diamond Princess, Southeast Asia

Diamond Princess

The magic of this special time of year well and truly comes alive with Princess Cruises. The whole family can watch the famous tree-lighting ceremony aboard Diamond Princess this Christmas as her crew deck the halls with wreaths, holly and mistletoe.

Young and old alike will love the great gingerbread challenge, where teams compete to construct the most festive, magical and marvellous gingerbread structure on the high seas. Along with great activities for the little ones to enjoy like holiday card making for parents, the ship’s Princess Pop Choir and holiday concert will keep those a little older amused all through the hot summer seas of Southeast Asia. Of course, the big fella with the beard pops in with presents for every child on board, while ornament making, cookie decorating, balloon making and face painting round out the impressive itinerary.

If you’ve got time to fit in some scrumptious Christmas cuisine in between all the high seas fun, a traditional Christmas dinner is available featuring roast turkey or goose, gingerbread mousse, mince pies, chocolate Yule logs and special Christmas cookies.

Cruise Information:
Cruise: Princess Cruises, Diamond Princess
Destination: Southeast Asia
11 Nights
Departs: 16 December 2016

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