The best Christmas cruises for 2019


Year after year Christmas arrives faster than anticipated and the sheer thought of holiday preparations stresses out many. Those who want to escape the Christmas stress in 2019, should start thinking about booking a Christmas cruise. Various cruise companies offer cruises around the Christmas time and New Year’s. Both short trips for the holidays and longer trips, including Christmas eve and New Year’s Eve, are available.

Escaping all the hustle and bustle starts with boarding the ship. The ship is decorated Christmassy: festive Christmas trees can be found in the foyer and atriums, while garlands and Christmas decoration deck the halls. And the best part about it: you never had to lift a finger to enjoy all of that decoration. Also, you don’t have to put all the ornaments and decorations away and store them for the next year. The crew do their best to make the experience as comfortable as possible and they get really creative in order to provide you with an excellent Christmas experience aboard, not only on a culinary level. This also includes an extensive Christmas Eve dinner with multiple courses. This way you can enjoy your Christmas dinner in a nice atmosphere with interesting people.

Cruises always make for great experiences, especially during the holidays. Christmas is different around the world, every country celebrates it differently. Additionally, various harbours provide a unique festive feeling as their decorations vary.  Whether you are looking to unwrap presents at a beach or in the snow, you will find what you are looking for. We have picked out some great Christmas cruises 2019.

Christmas Cruises 2019 Overview

Stay close to home – explore Australia and south-east Asia

Australia and AsiaExplore Hong Kong, the city with the famous skyline

When thinking about Hong Kong many people are not necessarily thinking about the beautiful skyline. No matter where you stand, its breathtaking beauty remains. That and more is plenty reason to spend two days in the Chinese metropolis. After that you will have a short trip to Okinawa, the beautiful group of islands between Japan and Taiwan with a rich history. From there on, after being at sea for 2 days, the ship will call at the port of Subic Bay and then go back to Hong Kong, from where you will fly back to Australia.

Cruise on the Spectrum of the Seas by Royal Caribbean International, 20th December 2019 for 10 Nights; Hong Kong to Hong Kong (Flights included)

Cruise home – Australia’s finest

Some say the best holidays are at home. Following this, what could be better than to cruise around Southern Australia during the holidays? Starting in Sydney, you will go to Eden, Melbourne and Port Arthur, before you cruise through the Cape Raoul. Other stops before coming back to Sydney include Phillip Island, Adelaide and Burnie.

Cruise on the Maasdam by Holland America Line, 23rd December 2019 for 14 Nights; Sydney to Sydney

Visit North America and the Caribbean

North America and CaribbeanNew York and the Caribbean on the Queen Mary 2

This cruise is what many people dream of when they think about cruises: the Queen Mary 2 in New York City. How could that be better? Cunard’s iconic ship brings you to some of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, such as St. Thomas, Philipsburg and Roseau, before coming back to the city that never sleeps. Flights from and back to your preferred airport in Australia are included.

Cruise on the Queen Mary 2 by Cunard, 19th December 2019 for 17 Nights; New York to New York (Flights included)

Explore New York City and the Bahamas

See all the sights and try all the New York food that you have always wanted to see and try. Prior to departing the New York harbour, you have 3 days to explore the big apple. It only gets sunnier from there, going to Orlando, Nassau and the Great Stirrup Cay before coming to New York City. With the flight on the same day you are back just in time to get ready for New Year’s Eve.

Cruise on the Norwegian Bliss by Norwegian Cruise Line, 17th December 2019 for 13 Nights; New York to New York (Flights included)

Visit some of the tallest buildings in the world in the UAE

UAEUnited Arab Emirates and Solar Eclipse with Azamara Club Cruises

Spend the Christmas time time like you may never have before: watch a solar eclipse. Starting off with 2 days in Dubai gives you a great feel for the culture, if you were not introduced to it just yet. The great buildings in Doha and Abu Dhabi are just fascinating. Before you set sail to see the Solar Eclipse on 26th December 2019, you have 2 days in Muscat. Then finish off your 11 night cruise with 2 more days in Mumbai, the biggest city in India.

Cruise on the Azamara Quest by Azamara Club Cruises, 17th December 2019 for 11 Nights; Dubai to Mumbai

Special Christmas Eve in Bahrain

The United Arab Emirates are not necessarily known for building small buildings. Find out by yourself on this 2 week trip and be back home for New Years Eve. Spend Christmas Eve in Bahrain, the third smallest nation in Asia (just a little bit bigger than the Maldives and Singapore). Between the start in Dubai and the stay in Bahrain you will visit Abu Dhabi, as well as Sir Bani Yas Is and two other countries in the Oman. Before coming back to Dubai, you will have a day to explore Doha.

Cruise with MSC Bellissima by MSC Cruises, 14th December 2019 for 14 Nights; Dubai to Dubai

Travel South America and get the Antarctic experience

South America and AntarcticaThe ultimate South American holiday cruise experience

Why not start 2020 at Copacabana beach? The 15 night cruise starts off in Buenos Aires and takes you to some of the most iconic places in South America. Whether you want to explore the art déco buildings in Montevideo, admire the beautiful parks in the heart of Sao Paulo or the Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro, this cruise has it all. Before you come back to Buenos Aires, you will make a one-day stop in Punta Del Este to complete your South American cruise experience.

Cruise on Azamara Pursuit by Azamara Club Cruises, 21st December 2019 for 15 Nights; Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires

Meet Pumas and Penguins – on one cruise

You do not only get to cruise around South America, but also Antarctica. This cruise is perfect for everybody trying to enjoy the holidays and also calm down a little. There are hardly any other cruises where you will be so close to nature as with this one. In this case, it is not only about the places that the Zaandam calls at, such as Montevideo, Ushuaia, Puerto Montt, San Antonio, and of course the Antarctica, but also about the time at sea. Territories like the Chilean Fjords, the Drake Passage, Cape Horn, and the beagle channel are what makes this cruise truly special.

Cruise on the Zaandam by Holland America Line,  18th December 2019 for 22 Nights; Buenos Aires to San Antonio, Chile.

See Christmas markets and winter landscapes in Europe

Prague and AmsterdamExperience many different cultures in Europe

Get ready for some snow and some of the traditional European cuisine. Whether it is Bitterballen (fried meatballs) or Dutch cheese in Amsterdam or a traditional Kolsch beer in Cologne, there are many new culinary experiences waiting for you. The cruise is not only special because of the experiences off board, but also the view that you have while cruising down the Rhine river. Other cities you visit at for example Strasbourg and Basel, areas with a rich history.

Cruise on the Crystal Debussy by Crystal Cruises, 23rd December 2019 for 10 Nights; Amsterdam to Basel.

Six Countries in three weeks – the ultimate Europe cruise

Europe has so many places just waiting for you to explore them. It is really hard to decide, because there are so many options. Why not go for many of them at the same time? This three week cruise will take you to France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary and finally the Czech Republic. Included in this cruise are some of the biggest cities, like Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne, Budapest, Vienna and Prague.  And the best part is that for the bigger cities you have a couple of days to explore them rather thoroughly. If there ever was a time that you wanted to see Europe, this is it. And with it being for the Christmas holidays you get to experience all the different cultures and see the different decorations.

Cruise with Scenic Crystal by Scenic River Cruises, 15th December 2019 for 21 Nights; Paris to Prague.

As you can see, there is a variety of options for you to escape the hustle and bustle next year – whether means travelling far away or staying close to home. These are not all holiday cruises. If you want the Christmas cruise feeling, but you want to be home for Christmas, you can also go on your desired cruise at the beginning of December. It will not be the same, but it may come close, because you can already feel the Christmas spirit, anyway.

Now, all that is left for you to do is to find your perfect Christmas cruise. Give our cruise experts a call on 1300 857 345 or search for your perfect christmas cruise now.

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