SAIL INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
Yule love the magic of a festive cruise
What do you have planned for Christmas? Will it be the same as last year, and the year before? Does it involve spending too much money preparing and then hosting the extended family, and let’s not forget the cleaning up afterwards?
Maybe it’s time to mix it up a bit. Consider taking a cruise across Christmas and celebrating in a different way. Taking some time out to hit the high seas and riverways is sure to bring back the magic of the season.
There are a number of cruises to get you in the Yuletide spirit and they’re sailing in 2019. Perhaps it’s something to pop on this year’s Chrissy present list, a gift-of-a-lifetime to yourself. Here’s the pick of some of the best.
EXPLORE YULETIDE EUROPE
APT’s new Imperial Europe tour includes visits through German ports where you can explore Namedy Castle and dine in the ballroom with a piano recital. You’ll also explore Austria, taking in the City Palace for a cocktail reception and a festive concert of Christmas favourites.
On board you’ll dine nightly on delicious four-course dinners, then be entertained by a pianist while sipping on mulled wine to celebrate the season.
Add on APT’s Magical Christmas Markets, a land journey through Germany where you can tour the Christmas markets of Munich. APTOURING.COM.AU PARIS CELEBRATION
FROM CARIBBEAN TO AMAZON
Spend Christmas Day in the sun in Barbados (average Christmas temperature is a perfect 29C) on Viking Cruises’ new From the Caribbean to the Amazon itinerary.
You’ll journey from San Juan also stopping in the Îles du Salut of French Guiana. You’ll then cruise the Amazon calling into ports along the way to spy unique flora and fauna before heading out to the Caribbean to visit Tobago, St Lucia, Antigua and St Thomas. The 22-day cruise on Viking Sea departs December 21, 2019. VIKINGCRUISES.COM.AU
END THE YEAR WITH A BANG
Do you like the idea of celebrating Christmas on a cruise ship with all the trimmings (and no cleaning up!), and then calling into Casablanca for a spot of shopping at souks on Boxing Day? We’ve found the cruise for you. Fred Olsen Cruises’ 15-night Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks aboard the Balmoral takes in the Canaries, Morocco and Madeira.
The cruise departs Southampton and includes island-hopping adventures visiting Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Palma. Then it’s on to Madeira for scenic walking trails, and to welcome in 2020 with views of a great New Year’s fireworks display at the capital of Portugal’s Madeira archipelago, Funchal. FREDOLSENCRUISES.COM.AU
SEE CITY OF LIGHT AT ITS FINEST
If the thought of Christmas and New Year in Paris sounds magnifique, consider Uniworld’s eight-day Parisian Royal Holiday which begins and ends in the City of Light. You’ll see the grand Christmas tree at Notre Dame and gloriously lit trees along the Champs Elysees, and then experience four exclusive châteaux visits.
A highlight is Chateau de Versailles, where you’ll be taken on a private tour of The Hall of Mirrors, the queen’s and king’s chambers and Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon. You’ll also feast on holiday treats in the city of Rouen at La Couronne, the restaurant made famous by Julia Child. Then you ring in the new year against the backdrop of Paris’s romantic skyline. UNIWORLD.COM FESTIVE CARIBBEAN
Celebrate your next Yuletide with a Christmas cruise to Europe; or take a Viking cruise and spend Christmas Day relaxing on a Caribbean beach.