5 Reasons to celebrate New Year’s Eve & Christmas on a cruise

Dreaming of an alternative dimension where you can celebrate Christmas without having to lift a finger? What about a unique New Year’s Eve countdown with endless entertainment and zero hassle? If you love finding new and unique ways to celebrate the holidays, then you'll love spending a Christmas or New Year’s Eve holiday with P&O. From star-lit parties to island escapes, we take celebrations to the next level.

Make this year the best one yet and leave the planning to us, so you can focus on celebrating with your friends and family. Here are five fantastic holiday cruise ideas for New Year’s Eve and Christmas.

1. Enjoy festivities without the fuss

So much of the Christmas and New Year’s festive season is spent on everything but the celebrations. Cleaning, shopping, cooking, serving, (more) cleaning, and generally running around like a headless chook. P&O Cruises has a solution for those with limited time. Relax and enjoy some downtime with your loved ones.

Our Christmas and New Year’s cruises give you quality time to spend with friends and family without the hassle and stress of throwing a big party. That means no longer wasting away over a hot stove or cleaning up afterwards. Enjoy the festivities aboard a P&O Christmas or New Year’s Cruise without the fuss.

2. Enjoy a Christmas Cruise with carols & lunch with all the trimmings

Christmas cheer is pumping from the moment you arrive, with carolers singing your favourite songs as they greet you onboard.

Spend Christmas Day out on the sparkling sea, relax on deck and unwind with friends and family as we do all the cooking (and cleaning). With gorgeous views, gourmet dining and some profound relaxation, this is a Christmas day with zero stress and maximum cheer.

You and your group will love the wide choice of Christmas activities available. Enjoy a vocal workout with festive carolling, see the look on your kid’s face when Santa visits, and savour delicious Christmas food with all the trimmings on a Christmas cruise with P&O without lifting a finger.


3. Have a Christmas party in paradise

Looking for a truly unique Christmas party idea? A Christmas cruise will take your celebrations to a whole new level. Enjoy everything you love about the holidays with a unique P&O twist. 

Lounge on a pristine beach in New Caledonia, explore a sophisticated provincial French town in Noumea or relish the adventure holiday of a lifetime in Vanuatu. If you want a Christmas party in paradise, dip your toes into the waters of laidback island life and experience the rare, unspoilt beauty of the Pacific Islands with P&O Cruises.

From a Christmas cruise lighting extravaganza and jaw-dropping decorations to themed entertainment and specially designed festive menus - you’ll be in Christmas paradise in no time. And the best part is, you won’t even need to lift a finger, which means more time to enjoy paradise with your loved ones!


4. Water views over New Year’s queues

Sick of queuing for a venue, getting stuck in traffic on New Year’s Eve or getting squashed amongst the crowds? You can't beat a cruise when it comes to fun, convenient NYE celebrations. As you cruise to beautiful destinations, you’ll find a wide range of New Year’s entertainment onboard, all in one place, without a pesky queue to slow you down.

Several establishments and venues are open till late to keep you entertained, from delicious dinners to bars with water views and live music. Aboard a P&O New Year’s cruise, you’ll enjoy a big-themed NYE party on the top deck with a live band and DJ leading the festivities. You’ll be free to focus on the fun with no long lines, or expensive taxis, without worrying about the party ending. As for the next day's cleanup, we’ve got chores covered while you sleep in through the morning.

5. Celebrate New Year's Eve the unique way

Spend New Year's Eve cruising among white sand beaches, limestone caves, and jaw-dropping cliffs. We have New Year's Eve cruises from Melbourne that will take you on a scenic tour of the best natural holiday destinations in the southern hemisphere. Alternatively, take a New Year's Eve cruise from Sydney or Brisbane to a tropical paradise in the Pacific Islands.

Celebrate right in the middle of the ocean at a themed New Year’s Eve party you’ll never forget. Bar hop (with no queues) for live music in every venue, then join the celebrations on the top deck, where you can dance the night away to a live band and DJ and countdown to midnight under the stars.
Then on New Year’s Day, revive yourself by relaxing by the pool. Or, if you’re at port, get up and about with a Shore Tour, where you can explore tropical beaches, walk through lush rainforests or snorkel amongst breathtaking coral - a perfect way to celebrate the start of a new year. Or if you’re out on the water, why not splurge on one of our speciality dining options.


A festive SEAson like no other

There are many reasons to celebrate on a P&O cruise, whether you want to spend New Year's at sea, have a party under the stars, or eat Christmas Lunch with ocean views. Book a Christmas Cruise or a New Year's Cruise to celebrate another lap around the sun. We'll handle everything else, regardless of your preference, so you can enjoy the night. Check out our Main Events page for all our festive cruise options.



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