Let it flow, let it flow, let it flow

The fes­tive sea­son doesn’t have to mean stay­ing on dry land, writes Brad Crouch

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - CRUISES CHRISTMAS -

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

Asian cruises

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.

Europe

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.

Short cruises

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

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