All I want for Christmas is … to sail away

Forget the roast and fruit cake at grandma’s place! Most Aussies just want to get away from it all during the Christmas holidays, says Royal Caribbean Cruises Australasia.

Its recent survey* revealed that 75 per cent of respondents believe going away would make Christmas better and 50 per cent say a getaway is the No. 1 thing that will make school holidays better.

When it comes to stress at Christmas time, money is the main cause of headaches, with 30 per cent saying that spending too much is stressful, 95 per cent finding that Christmas usually costs more than expected and 94 per cent saying they usually need a break to get over the Christmas holidays!

However, many are happy for the family to come along, with 40 per cent saying they would most likely to sail away with their family.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Australasia’s commercial director, Adam Armstrong, says a cruise is a great value option at Christmas, from as little as $166 a person a day including meals, accommodation and lots of entertainment.

”It is hard not to get into the holiday spirit with the special activities on a Royal Caribbean cruise at Christmas. The season comes to life with carol singing, Christmas parties, visits from Santa, holiday-inspired menus and Christmas treats such as gingerbread houses built by onboard pastry chefs,” says Armstrong.

Royal Caribbean’s summer 2013-14 wave season starts in October, with Rhapsody of the Seas arriving in Sydney on October 5, Radiance of the Seas on October 11 and Voyager of the Seas on November 7. Overall, the three ships will have 55 voyages, calling at 56 beautiful Australian, New Zealand and South Pacific ports, with departures up until next April. Each ship will have a South Pacific Christmas cruise in the December holidays.

Fares for a nine-night, South Pacific cruise onboard Voyager of the Seas start from $1499 a person departing Sydney on December 18; book a balcony cabin for the price of an ocean view cabin from $2199 a person for a limited time only (conditions apply, subject to availability).

Details, bookings:, 1800 754 500 or your travel agent; travel professionals: 1300 754 500


* Survey via Survey Monkey on July 16-19; survey tallied 1600 responses from Australia and New Zealand, with the majority ranging from under 20 to over 70 years.