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Cruising Over Christmas - Five Festive Destinations

22nd November 2012

The Christmas holiday break is almost upon us. Here at Escape Travel, we love spending time with our loved ones at Christmas, however rather than enjoying the festive season at home, maybe this year you might like to consider a dedicated Christmas cruise through beautiful waterways. Many cruise lines organise great itineraries over the holiday period, so that eager cruisers can experience a unique and highly memorable Christmas.

Here are our top five Christmas cruises.

Tropical Christmas

Enjoy a Dedicated Christmas Cruise

European Christmas Markets
MS Scenic Diamond with Scenic Tours
Celebrate the festive season in Europe by taking a dedicated Christmas Market cruise. Scenic Tours organises special European Christmas Market river cruise along many of the great European waterways. Cruisers can spread the joy by appreciating the markets in Wurzburg, Amsterdam, Nuremberg, Vienna and Budapest.

The Caribbean
Celebrity Eclipse with Celebrity Cruises
For the perfect paradise destination head to the Caribbean – a region synonymous with crystal clear waters and stunning golden-sandy beaches. And there really is no better way to experience the astonishing Caribbean, than on board a cruise liner. On offer is a 14 night cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale and dropping anchor in Barbados, St Lucia and Grenada.   

South America
Quest with Azamara Cruises

It’s all aboard the beautiful Quest luxury liner for a fantastic South American cruise. Departing from Rio de Janeiro, the ship heads south towards Buenos Aires in Argentina. The special day is spent in Punta Del Est, a picturesque coastal city in Uruguay that’s known as the Saint Tropez of Latin America – the big attractions are the colonial architecture and the stunning Atlantic beaches.

The Caribbean
Celebrity Equinox with Celebrity Cruises
Another option for cruising through the Caribbean is the route taken by the gorgeous ship, Celebrity Equinox. This expedition starts in Fort Lauderdale and heads to St Maarten, St Thomas and Dominca. December 25 is spent in Bridgetown, Barbados where you can enjoy a marine adventure with an experienced guide to admire the incredible array of marine life in these beautiful waters.

Australia
Radiance of the Seas with Royal Caribbean International
Eager cruise enthusiasts can minimise travel time to the ship by pulling up anchor within Australian waters. The Radiance of the Seas, a ship under the iconic Royal Caribbean International brand, departs from Sydney and travels north along the mesmerising eastern coastline. After exploring Brisbane, Airlie Beach and Cairns; Christmas Day is spent on Willis Island in the Coral Sea.