Top 5 Christmas Cruises 2022


Planning ahead for an extended family get together over Christmas is always crucial. Finding a destination or holiday to suit everyone can also be challenging, so why not take a look at a Christmas holiday cruise.

Choosing the right cruise line and ship can mean there is something to suit every age group on board. Plus there are a range of room types that mean you can also cater to everyone’s budget & taste.

Let’s take a look at the Top 5 most popular Christmas Cruises on sale now for Christmas 2022 that are definitely worth planning ahead for! Plus we answer the most frequently asked questions

New Zealand Christmas cruise – Coral Princess, 15 December 2022, 14 Nights
Why choose this cruise ? When it comes to simplicity of travel this cruise holiday ticks all the boxes, with a convenient round trip sailing from Auckland, no international flights are required.

Where does it visit? Brisbane, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga

What does this ship offer? Coral Princess offers a large range of balcony and mini suite options, a great choice of dining venues, world class entertainment and age specific kids and teen clubs.
HOOT Cruise Tip. Book adjoining balconies, then ask your cabin steward to open back the adjoining partitions. This gives you your own large private outdoor space to share with the extended family or friends.

How to find the best Princess Cruise deal?
With Princess cruises you have two fare options to suit your holiday style.
Princess saver fares offer a great price cruise fare.
Princess Plus fares also include a drinks package and a Wifi package. This is a great value way to take the worry out of wondering what your final holiday bill might be as more is covered up front.

HOOT Cruise Bonus: Receive a bonus AUD$85 Free Spending Money per room on this cruise.
This is on top of any other promotional offers and is valid with both the Princess Saver and Princess Plus offers

Flow Rider- Just one of the many free activities on board Quantum of the Seas

South Pacific Christmas – Quantum of the Seas, 21 December 2022, 7 Nights
Why choose this cruise ? For busy families who like a lot to do, this cruise has it all. Sailing roundtrip from Brisbane it is the perfect way to catch up with Queensland based friends & family. An ideal extension to a Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast break.

Where does it go? Mystery Island & Port Vila but don’t forget those action packed Sea Days onboard

What does this ship offer? Quantum of the Seas is one of the most technologically advanced ships and almost a theme park at sea. You can experience , Sky diving, Rock Climbing, A surfing simulator, Unbelievable shows including one on ice! A huge choice of dining venues, some for additional fee and a choice of large spacious family rooms.
HOOT Cruise Tip. Book your activities & specialty dining options before you get on board, so you don’t miss out on the most popular ones. Use your Royal Caribbean app onboard to find out what is going on around the ship

How to find the best Royal Caribbean cruise deal? Royal Caribbean offer a choice of promotions with an option of non refundable deposit, or flexi deposit. We suggest you go with the flexi deposit as this allows you to change to any future promotion that may be released, so you never miss out on the best deal


Australia Circumnavigation – Oceania Regatta, 12 December 2022, 35 Nights
Why choose this cruise? If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the festive season and prefer your holidays to be a little more boutique, then this full circumnavigation of Australia on Oceania Regatta offers the perfect getaway. This longer voyage also takes in both the Christmas and New Year festivities

Where do you visit? Pretty much everywhere that is worth seeing on the coast in Australia. Round-trip from Sydney you will include: Brisbane | Townsville | Cairns | Thursday Island | Darwin | Komodo Island, Indonesia | Bali, Indonesia | Broome | Geraldton | Perth (Fremantle) | Busselton | Albany | Adelaide | Penneshaw (Kangaroo Island) | Portland | Melbourne | Burnie | Hobart

What does this ship offer? Oceania Regatta holds just 650 guests so you can expect a much more personal experience on board. There is a small pool complete with 2 spa pools, but plenty of areas for relaxing and a surprisingly good choice of included dining venues for a smaller ship. Interior and Oceanview Rooms are on the smaller side so Regatta tends to book out from the Suites down. With a loyal following of past guests the Regatta cruises always book out very early. Wi-fi is complimentary onboard as are things like specialty coffees etc.
HOOT Tip: Check out the optional Aquamar Spa, this includes a private deck with an additional pool. You can purchase a day pass to this serene area. Note it is also complimentary for guests in Concierge staterooms and above

How to find the best Oceania Cruise deal? Oceania offer a regular promotion O’Life Choice which lets you choose the onboard benefit that suits you best. O’Life Choices are: Drinks package, Shore excursion package or Onboard credit.
Don’t delay for this departure though as it has been one of the fastest selling departures of all time


Norwegian Spirit Milford Sound
Norwegian Spirit Milford Sound

Christmas & New Year New Zealand Voyage – Norwegian Spirit, 22 December 2022, 12 Nights
Why choose this cruise? We love the dates and content for this cruise which starts in Sydney and disembarks in Auckland. It is a great opportunity to include some time in Sydney pre-cruise, then relax in to your leisurely voyage across to Auckland. It is rare to find a shorter festive cruise that includes both Christmas & New Year festivities and even better that this is a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship with their legendary onboard entertainment

Where do you visit? From Sydney you will first head south to Eden | Burnie | Melbourne | Milford Sound | Dunedin | Christchurch | Wellington | Napier | Tauranga | Auckland

What does this ship offer? Norwegian Sprit is prefect for first time cruisers or seasoned travellers. She has a great choice of entertainment venues with plenty of bars & restaurants. There are also lots of places to relax meaning she never feels crowded on board.
HOOT TIP: Make sure you book in to the specialty restaurant Onda by Scarpetta.It is an amazing treat for the taste buds and one of the best Italian restaurants we have ever dined at, on land or sea

How to find the best Norwegian Cruise Lines deals?
Norwegian cruise lines offer a regular choice of Sailaway promotions which are the cheapest rooms, you leave the room allocation up to the cruise line. They also offer a regular Free at Sea promotion which includes a choice of free onboard offers. Our pick is always to go with the Drinks Package, Wifi package or Specialty dining package when offered. Travelling with kids? Look out for their regular special deals for 3rd and 4th guests sharing your room


Regent Seven Seas Explorer – pool deck

All Inclusive Ultra Luxury Voyage, Regent Seven Seas Explorer, 12 December 2022, 17 Nights
Why Choose this cruise? This is one of those moments in life to treasure and could be the ultimate in Christmas holidays. Regent Seven Seas offer a truly all inclusive experience so everything is taken care of including your choice from a wide range of intimate shore excursions that are sure to add a Wow factor to your Christmas getaway

Where do you visit? This one way voyage from Singapore to Sydney takes in some hidden gems in Asia before travelling across the scenic Top End of Australia: Singapore | Semarang | Surabaya | Bali | Darwin | Thursday Island | Cairns | Whitsunday Islands | Brisbane | Sydney.

What does this ship offer? Regent Seven Seas Explorer was the most luxurious cruise ship ever built, so you can truly expect the best of everything. All her rooms are suites and are beautifully presented with a range of amazing options in suite size should you wish to utterly pamper yourself. The Seven Seas Explorer suite will leave you breathless and even includes your own in-suite spa.
HOOT Tip: You may never see a suite like this even in the best land based hotels, click for a virtual tour

How to find the best Regent Seven Seas Cruise Deals? With smaller luxury ships it really is all about getting in early to secure your preferred suite and location. Regent Seven Seas guests tend to book as soon as new cruise itineraries are released, so get in early to secure your Christmas departure. Remember when comparing options, Regent Seven Seas are the only truly All Inclusive Luxury cruise line


What if I have a Future Cruise Credit?
If you enter your past guest number when you make a booking online you will be able to allocate your Future Cruise credit direct to your new booking. Or talk to our team for assistance, we will be happy to check if your Future Cruise Credit is valid for your new choice of cruise

It’s easy to Book online with HOOT Cruises knowing your booking has the back up of a dedicated Cruise Champion based here in New Zealand who can assist you with any other arrangements you may need around your cruise.
If you have any questions, feel free to talk to our friendly Hoot Cruise Champions, we are happy to help! FreePhone: 0800 99 44 88

Just quote your AA SmartFuel or AA Membership Card Number at the time of cruise payment for 20c per litre savings at the pump! This discount will be applied to your AA SmartFuel account within 48 hours of final payment. T&C apply

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T&C vary by cruise line, please talk to our team for full details on your preferred choice of voyage
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