Let it flow, let it flow, let it flow
The festive season doesn’t have to mean staying on dry land, writes Brad Crouch
Rhapsody of the Seas has a nine-night South Pacific islands cruise sailing from Sydney on December 18.
Enjoy calls to Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Lifou and Noumea with special festive programs, decorations and meals for a festive holiday at sea.
The voyage will include Christmas carols and Mass, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day feasts with traditional fare and Christmas-themed performances and entertainment.
Prices start at $ 1499 a person, twin share, and include food, accommodation and entertainment. Upgrade to an oceanview cabin for an additional $ 250 a person. Legend of the Seas has a five-night Christmas cruise sailing from Singapore on December 23.
The ship visits Phuket, Thailand, Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur ( Port Kelang), Malaysia, before returning. Priced from $ 1132 a person. There also is an 18-night South-East Asian voyage on Azamara Quest, leaving Singapore on December 21 and ending in Hong Kong.
This cruise calls at Bangkok ( Klong Toey), Thailand; Sihanoukville, Cambodia; Ho Chi Minh City, Hue ( Danang) and Hanoi ( Halong Bay), Vietnam.
Prices from $ 3499 a person. Oasis of the Seas and its new sister ship, Allure of the Seas, have seven-night western Caribbean cruises sailing from Fort Lauderdale and calling at Labadee, Cozumel and Costa Maya. Oasis of the Seas sails on December 23 and Allure of the Seas on December 19. Prices from $ 1739 a person. Celebrity Cruises’ newest Solstice-class ship, Celebrity Eclipse, has an eight-night eastern CELEBRATE Christmas at sea and let someone else do the cooking – and washing up – while you enjoy the festivities. There is a host of Christmas cruises on offer where extended families can get together, combining a relaxed holiday with Christmas cheer.
In local waters
New ships to greet
Caribbean cruise sailing on December 18 from Miami to San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas; Philipsburg, St Maarten; Royal Caribbean’s private resort Labadee, Haiti, then back to Miami, Florida.
Prices from $ 1307 a person.
For those who have more time on their hands, try an 18-night Ultimate Mediterranean cruise on Independence of the Seas.
The cruise is a round-trip from Southampton, calling at Lisbon, Portugal; Palma De Mallorca and Barcelona, Spain; Livorno ( Florence/ Pisa) Civitavecchia ( Rome), Naples and Capri in Italy; Gibraltar, United Kingdom; and Cadiz, Spain.
The cruise leaves on December 21, with prices from $ 3411 a person.
Celebrity Cruises has a short and sweet five-night western Caribbean cruise on December 24, on Celebrity Century ( the ship that will call Australia home for the 2011-12 Australian cruise season).
This cruise leaves and returns to Miami and visits Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Priced from $ 932 a person.
For a sneak peek at another superliner that