Christmas is nearly upon us, and if you’re spending the festive period on a Christmas cruise, your final preparations for departure will undoubtedly have begun — how incredibly exciting.
Depending on where your cruise ship is visiting and when, you may or may not be at sea during Christmas Day. If you are, the ship’s crew will do everything they can to make the day as enchanting as possible. If you’re on-land, however, you’ll be given the chance to spend Christmas in one of several exotic destinations — an experience which promises a Christmas to remember.
If you’re spending Christmas on a cruise, here are 5 of the best places to be when Christmas morning comes around.
Whitsunday Islands, Queensland
If you’ve booked a cruise to Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast, chances are your ship will pay a visit to the Whitsunday Islands. Famous for their paradise-like looks — think white sands, turquoise waters and a myriad of palm trees — and peaceful coves, the Whitsundays are a dreamy destination no matter what time of year, but are particularly special at Christmastime. Spread your beach towel on the isles’ soft white sands, and feel your worries melt away.
Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington isn’t the country’s largest metropolis, but it is its most intimate, charming and cosy — making it the perfect place to spend Christmas Day. Rove the city’s charming streets during a Christmas port call, and you’ll find a plethora of cafes, restaurants and bars where you can happily settle for an afternoon of merriment. Alternatively, take the famous cable car to the heights of Wellington, and enjoy one of the best port views on the planet.
Noumea, South Pacific
Despite its far-flung location in the midst of the Pacific Ocean, Noumea follows several Christmas traditions due to its roots as a French special collectivity. The city is the capital of New Caledonia, and is typified by its blend of Pacific and French-style architecture. Home to a scattering of sandy beaches and some of the friendliest locals on earth, Noumea is a special place to spend the big day.
On the opposite end of the spectrum to other destinations listed in this shortlist; Tokyo offers an altogether different Christmas experience, and one that you’ll surely never forget. The city loses none of its hustle and bustle in the wake of Christmas Day; on the contrary, its party atmosphere is difficult to ignore. At Christmastime, Japanese people are known to eat KFC — a tradition which has become so popular, residents must place their order months in advance if they want to enjoy a bucket of Colonel Sanders’ finest on Christmas Day.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
For Christmas enchantment at its finest, one of the best place to spend the day has got to be Halong Bay, Vietnam. Famous for its misty waters and towering rock formations, Halong Bay is often dubbed one of the most beautiful, peaceful and mystical destinations in all of Southeast Asia — making it the ideal place to experience another side of Christmas Day.
If you’re tired of the same old Christmases and fancy doing something different this year or the next, visit the Cruise1st Australia website to browse a complete range of Christmas cruise breaks. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to call us on 1300 857 345.
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