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If you’re looking to get away from it all for a romantic getaway or school half-term, cruise deals in February are an appealing choice. Those longing for a classic cruise experience should look to the Caribbean and its numerous islands for the promise of palm-fringed sands, water sports and natural wonders. February can be the perfect time to go, with many of the islands experiencing warm weather, but a touch cooler than the high-season months. It’s also the time when yearly carnivals take place across the Caribbean so you’ll see a colourful parade or two if you’re lucky.

Where to cruise in February?

St Lucia

With sleek beach resorts, a chilled island vibe and scenery that’s worthy of your selfies, St Lucia is an island paradise that packs a punch. With the soaring Piton mountains creating its iconic silhouette, February cruise deals to St Lucia promise pleasant average temperatures of around 27°C. Ideal for beach days or exploration, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy with every kind of water sport you can imagine, as well as the chance to zipline through the rainforest. February offers the perfect conditions for kite surfing and sailing with clear skies and cooling breezes. Click to find cruise deals to St Lucia.

Barbados

If you’re considering Caribbean cruises in February,  don’t forget to add Barbados to your wish list. With averages of 29°C and warm sea temperatures of around 27°C, leisurely beach days and relaxed bathing are very much on the agenda. This is a great time to get active, too, so consider bike rides, nature walks or a trip to Harrison’s Cave, a fascinating underground network of waterfalls and caverns. Most cruises dock in the capital Bridgetown, a mix of old colonial buildings, lively bars and a Unesco-listed downtown area. Those in search of adventure can book a 4×4 island adventure, submarine or boat trip. The island hosts festivals throughout the year, including the colourful Holetown Festival which usually takes place in the second and third week of the month. Click to find cruise deals to Barbados.

Cuba

For a Caribbean getaway that’s a little different, historic Cuba is an exciting choice. From the old American cars, colonial buildings and monuments of Havana to the golden strips of sand in Varadero, this destination is packed with possibilities. There’s a great range of excursions you can choose from, with trips to tobacco plantations, cigar and rum factories popular throughout the year. In terms of temperatures you can expect highs of around 26°C in February, with around seven hours of sunshine each day. You’ll often find February cruise deals to Cuba more competitive, price wise, than their peak season counterparts, too. Click to find cruise deals to Cuba.

St Maarten

A blend of cultures and influences add to the appeal of the small yet perfectly formed island of St Maarten. When you dock in St Philipsburg, retail therapy awaits, with duty-free shops and boutiques offering everything from beach sarongs to designer gear. February temperatures offer highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C, so sunny beach days and warm evenings make your stay a pleasant one. Catamaran excursions are a popular pastime if you fancy getting out on the ocean. This destination is popular with cyclists, too, and an organised bike tour is a great way to see the sights during February. Click to find cruise deals to St Maarten.

Dominican Republic

February cruises to the Dominican Republic can see temperatures of around 25°C. The pleasant sunny days may appeal to travellers who find the June highs of 28°C a little too toasty. Punta Cana is one of the Dominican Republic’s most popular beach destinations, and with its shallow waters and pale sands, it’s easy to see why. Away from the shores, a wealth of experiences await, including horseriding, treetop ziplining in La Hacienda Park and hiking in Cotubanama National Park. February marks carnival time in the Dominican Republic and they celebrate with floats, costumed performers and events to commemorate their Independence Day. Click to find cruise deals to the Dominican Republic.

Jamaica

Birthplace of the legendary Bob Marley, there’s nowhere quite like Jamaica. Sun-bleached shores, tropical rainforests and tumbling falls are just the icing on the cake of an island that enthrals and delights. Cruise to Ocho Rios to climb to the top of the iconic Dunn’s River Falls or enjoy a romantic raft trip down the Martha Brae River. Although February is winter in Jamaica, those looking for late-season sun are sure to find it – average daily temperatures are 26°C and there’s around eight hours of sunshine per day. Montego Bay, or MoBay as it’s locally known, is another popular cruise stop. Seamlessly blending some of the island’s best beaches with big-city buzz, it’s packed with bars, trendy restaurants and a championship golf course. Click to find cruise deals to Jamaica.

Caribbean cruises in February offer a winning mix of relaxation and adventure. If you’re looking for a new cruise adventure, search for itineraries that feature a wide variety of islands. You’ll find plenty of sporting options to try. Or, if you prefer sightseeing, you’ll find the slightly cooler February temperatures ideal to walk and tour without the peak-season crowds.

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