Escape for Christmas

Any cruise is fun and enjoyable but a Christmas cruise is one to remember. 

A festive air pervades the ship, from the little decorations on the cabin door to carol singers in the foyer, to a huge decorated tree and, of course, the mandatory visit from Santa.

Any cruiser will tell you that the food is a highlight. 

A Christmas cruise is appreciated even more since there are no hassles on the day.  You just roll up to the restaurant and have a feast fit for royalty.  A four-course meal, each with a Christmassy flavour, is just wonderful. 

If the menu offerings are not quite to your liking, staff go to great lengths to accommodate all requests.  And to top it off, there is no washing up to do. 

All you have to do is waddle back to your cabin and have a snooze.  Of course, if you really want, you could have a game of table tennis or shuffle board, or hit a few golf balls – all things are possible.

Specific destinations vary with the cruise line. 

Most offer a Pacific islands package which may include Mystery Island, Isle of Pines, Port Vila, Port Denarau and Suva.  New Zealand or Papua New Guinea may also be possibilities, as are various options from Singapore.

With some of the popular lines such as Princess, P&O and Cunard now including Brisbane in their itineraries, you don’t even have to fly to Sydney. 

It is a simple matter of driving to Eagle Farm, leaving the car at one of the storage facilities, and you’re on your way. 

While the Port of Brisbane passenger terminal is not the flashest around, it is functional and quite efficient – it has to be to enable the larger ships to offload more than 2000 passengers and their luggage, re-provision with fuel and all supplies, and then board the next complement of travellers, all within about eight or nine hours.

There is only one snag – with cruising growing rapidly in popularity, bookings for Christmas cruises will be heavy.

If you are interested in pampering yourself for this year, you need to get moving.  So don’t wait, get on the internet or go and see a travel agent.