There’s nothing quite like celebrating the festive season afloat, and while cruisers may have missed the boat this Christmas, with early bird offers for next year’s holiday season available, there’s still time to secure Christmas or New Year’s cruises for 2017 aboard Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania or Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
“There’s a growing trend to trade staying home during Christmas and New Years, for a spectacular sailing adventure instead. Whether, in local Australian waters or overseas, cruising is an appealing alternative for multi-generational families, friends and those looking to enjoy quality time sightseeing, dining and relaxing poolside rather than taking road trips, slaving over the stove and hosting relatives at home,” explained Steve Odell, Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Asia Pacific.
Renowned for its flexible ‘freestyle cruising’, with options aplenty to appeal to guests of all ages, Norwegian Jewel will call Australia home during the 2017 Christmas season, with local highlights including a nine-day voyage departing Sydney on 14 December 2017 taking in regional gems including Eden, Kangaroo Island and Burnie; and a 13-day round-trip sailing from Sydney to New Zealand, visiting Melbourne, Wellington, Napier, Rotorua, Auckland and the Bay of Islands, setting off on 23 December 2017.
Those keen to venture further afield will enjoy the 10-day Eastern Caribbean round-trip from New York, on board Norwegian Gem, departing 2 December 2017 for Puerto Rico and the US and British Virgin Islands.
Bookings made before 16 January 2017 will qualify for NCL’s ‘Free at Sea’ offer, with up to five complimentary inclusions (two for oceanview, balcony and mini-suite bookings, all five for suites or The Haven bookings) such as free beverage packages, specialty dining packages, 250 minutes’ Wi-Fi, free sailings for third and fourth guests and US$50 per port shore credit. Balcony stateroom bookings on board Norwegian Jewel’s Australasian itineraries will also earn US$100 shipboard credit.
Relaxed cruising is the order of the day aboard Oceania Cruises, whose OLife Choice* offer allows guests the flexibility to personalise their experience with free unlimited internet combined with (one of) free shore excursions, free house beverage packages or free generous shipboard credit.
Guests who prefer to spend the festive season nearer home will enjoy the 14-day Auckland to Sydney cruise, departing 6 December 2107 – visiting Rotorua, Napier, Milford Sound Fjords and Melbourne; while the 12-day Miami round-trip Caribbean Gems, departing 17 December 2017, visits tropical treasures including Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, with Christmas spent cruising the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea.
If a longer Christmas break is on the cards, the 30-day Indian Ocean Jubilee departing Cape Town on 12 December 2017 bound for Singapore offers a free three-night ‘Winelands & Wildlife Pre-Cruise Land Tour’, a free three-night ‘Spotlight on Singapore Post-Cruise Land Tour’ and US$900 credit per guest.
As Oceania Cruises is celebrated for serving the finest cuisine at sea, cruisers are sure to enjoy a Christmas feast to remember, regardless of which sailing they choose.
Guests booking a luxurious Christmas journey with Regent Seven Seas Cruises before 31 January 2017 will enjoy a reduced 10 per cent deposit on all sailings, benefiting from all-inclusive luxuries like free shore excursions and Wi-Fi.
Guests aboard the epic Seven Seas Voyager’s 12-night cruise from Hong Kong to Beijing, departing 17 December 2017, will also enjoy a free three-night ‘Jewels of Hong Kong’ pre-cruise land programme, or a free three-night Beijing & the Great wall from Tianjin post-cruise land option. The 14-night ex Miami ‘Southern Caribbean Charm’ departing 20 December 2017, on board Seven Seas Explorer, visits island gems including St Lucia, St Kitts and Grenada – ideal for those who love a festive dip in the crystal-clear ocean.