Christmas Cruises – Holiday Sailings on Azamara Cruise Lines
Christmas cruises are increasingly popular for singles, couples, and families looking to use the holidays as a time to relax and explore. This year, small-ship cruise company Azamara offers 3 adventurous sailings that span over Christmas Day. Your choices are
- 11 Night Arabia and India Holiday Voyage
- 17 Night Panama Canal Holiday Voyage
- 15 Night New Year’s Eve in Rio Voyage
Christmas in Arabia and India
The Azamara Quest sails on December 18th from Dubai after staying a first night in port, giving you time to explore a city where Christmas shopping can’t be beat. The Mall of the Emirates in Dubai boasts an indoor ski park with the world’s largest indoor ski slope, on an 85-meter-high indoor mountain. The other big mall, Dubai Mall, is one of Dubai’s main tourist attractions.
After your overnight stay on the ship, it leaves port in the early evening and sets sail for Doha, Qatar. From Doha you’ll sail to Sir Bani Yas in the United Arab Emirates, and from there sail to Abu Dhabi. You’ll get the chance in Abu Dhabit to see the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, one of the largest and most beautiful mosques in the world.
After a day at sea you’ll dock in Muscat, Oman for two nights. Muscat is home to the Mutrah Souq and since it’s not yet Christmas Day you’ll be able to shop if you’ve got friends or family on board and need a last minute gift. Muscat is also home to the third largest mosque in the world, in which you can see a chandelier with 600,000 Swarovski crystals. On Christmas Day you’ll have a day at sea, and knowing Azamara there will be delicious holiday-themed food plus time to enjoy the pool and the spa on board.
The day after Christmas is a real treat – The Quest will be positioned well to view the total solar eclipse that will occur on December 26th. End your 11 night cruise with 2 nights on board in Mumbia, India before you leave the ship on December 28th to fly home. This Christmas cruise is a journey you’ll never forget – new sights, a solar eclipse viewing from sea, and the impeccable service that comes from the Azamara staff.
Christmas Cruising on the Panama Canal
If you want something closer to the United States, the Azamara Journey will take you from Miami to Los Angeles in a 17 night cruise that leaves Miami on December 19th. I’ve had personal experience sailing on the Journey just a few years ago, it’s a beautiful and comfortable ship. After sailing from Miami your Christmas cruise will first give you two full days of sea time before arriving in Cartagena, Colombia for a two day stay. On Christmas Eve you’ll transit the Panama Canal, headed toward Los Angeles. If you’ve not sailed through the Canal before, you will be amazed at the engineering and the sights as you pass through the locks. Christmas Day is a sea day, so you can enjoy a book by the pool, go to the spa, or celebrate with your family as you open gifts and feast on a Christmas dinner you don’t have to cook. Next up is Puntarenas, Costa Rica. From Puntarenas you’ll first have another sea day and then spend a day in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. The stop in Puerto Quetzal gives you a chance to travel over to Antigua by land. Antigua is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed colonial city. From there you’ll sail to Puerto Vallarta, one of my favorite destinations in Mexico, so you’ll be in Mexico for New Year’s Eve. After 2 more relaxing sea days you’ll dock in Los Angeles on January 5th.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Rio
For a voyage that lets you spend both Christmas and New Year’s away, the 15 night voyage on Azamara’s Pursuit is your choice. The Pursuit sails from Buenos Aires on December 21st, with its first stop being 2 nights in Montevideo, Uruguay. There’s so much to see in the charming European-style city of Montevideo, it’s my favorite South American city. After exploring there, you’ll have 2 sea days, including Christmas Day, and then dock on December 26th in Sao Paula, Brazil. From Sao Paula you’ll next sail to Ilhabela and Paraty, Brazil to explore more of the Brazilian coast. By December 29th you’ll be in the fishing village of Buzios, Brazil. Then you’ll have two days (December 30 and 31st) in Rio De Janeiro, and leave for Copacabana Beach so that you can see their New Year’s Eve fireworks. Next up is 2 full sea days before docking in Punta Del Este, Uruguay. You’ll end this holiday cruise back in Buenos Aires on January 5th.
Why I like Azamara
You’ll find that Azamara offers you upscale cruising with many things included in the fare that other cruise lines will charge you for. Almost all cruises include special AzAmazing evenings and country-intensive itineraries. Our cruise to the Baltic States included special events that were great surprises and fun! Standard spirits, beers, and wines are included, as are bottled waters, sodas, coffee and tea. You have use of a free laundry. Gratuities are included. Azamara offers free shuttle service in almost all the ports they visit, too. You don’t get that feeling that you’re being nickled and dimed at every turn. Their ships are smaller, which means they can get into ports that larger ships cannot even visit. For more about Azamara sailings you can download this one page information sheet.
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