Spending time with loved ones is the main priority for many families over the Christmas period, and most wouldn't dream of leaving the family behind for a holiday elsewhere. However, slaving over a hot BBQ all day under the sweltering Kiwi sun and running around picking things up from all over the show can quickly take the relaxation out of your holiday season - especially when the family are spread out across multiple towns. Ensuring you get plenty of quality time can be difficult when time is spent travelling to and from places in the car, cooking and cleaning, and it can start to affect your own Christmas cheer.
How about if we told you that everyone can relax and enjoy the holiday this year? Cruising takes care of the catering, ensures everyone has a bed, and has more entertainment - Christmas-themed and otherwise - to keep the entire clan in high spirits for the entire time. It's even surprisingly cost-effective when you add up what you could end up spending on petrol, food, decorations and a Santa suit! A Christmas cruise with the whole family could be the best yuletide yet.
Family fun for everyone
Once you've managed to convince the family to try something other than the usual beer-and-a-BBQ Christmas celebration - which you all love but perhaps need a break from - you'll be in for a magical experience that nobody will forget in a hurry! All you can eat buffets and jolly stage shows, playful competition on the sports courts, mini golf course and rock climbing wall, hours of fun in the pool and new knowledge gleaned in an onboard class or lecture.
If you need a moment away from the craziness, the Kids Club will take care of the younger ones and the Adults-Only area on most ships provides an oasis to relax and unwind in. Come the evening, babysitting services mean the adults can really let loose with a night of cocktails, live music and grown-up bonding time.
No more mealtime madness
Us Kiwis love to tuck into a hearty meal, and this is where cruising truly becomes the perfect option. All lines put together a wonderful feast on December the 25th, encouraging you and yours to get together and fill your bellies with delicious fare, and the best part? No one has to disappear halfway through to get started on the dishes! Eat, drink and be merry while Santa strolls around the place providing the kids with gifts and giggles. You'll be surrounded by decorations, Christmas trees and yuletide cheer â€“ who said the magic had to happen on land?
No worries could be the motto for a cruise holiday. Cruises are all-inclusive, covering everything from the food to the accommodation to the all-day entertainment. This means you can stop worrying about what you need to be doing next, and simply enjoy your time together as a family.
Holidaying with the family can sometimes come with a headache as you try to put together travel details, cooking schedules and children running wild. Cruising allows you and your family to be safe in the hands of holiday professionals and to really spend quality time together stress-free.
Cost effective? We think so
In comparison to other holiday options, cruising is relatively inexpensive. With so much included in your fare, random costs are quickly eliminated which saves you from any of the nasty surprises that tend to crop up over the festive period. Stacked up against flights, hotels, meals and other expense, you'll definitely be saving money.
Christmas generally means a lot of spending â€“ petrol, food and a massive pile of presents. When chatting to your family about the possibility of the cruise holiday, discuss the idea of using the cruise as the present to one another. With so much to see and do, the experience is priceless â€“ and the memories you walk away with will be worth a lot more than a pair of socks and a packet of Cadbury Roses!
Keen on the idea? Here are a few of our favourite itineraries over the Christmas period:
- The scene stealer of this holiday is most definitely P&O! They have a lot of ships out during this time and the Pacific Dawn's Christmas cruise is one of our top picks out to the South Pacific.
- The Pacific Aria is a fresh new face in the cruise world, and her Christmas Cruise is an amazing 10-night voyage up the Queensland coast. She will spend Christmas day in Moreton Island.
- The Carnival Legend's Australia Coastal Cruise is a 10-nighter departing on the 20th of December, spending Christmas on the stunning beaches of Port Douglas.
- The Carnival Spirit is also sticking with a crowd favourite with its 8-night Pacific Islands Cruise departing December 19th. Christmas day will be spent at sea.
- If you'd like to explore home rather than head abroad, consider a southerly Christmas in Dunedin on the Diamond Princess during her New Zealand Cruise.
- Radiance of the Seas will celebrate the festive season in the islands with a South Pacific Cruise. The big day happens at sea with plenty of fun and tradition.