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Shimmering seas should be the only blues you experience in January. And what better way to kick off the year than by packing your bags and chasing the sun! Explore old-world charm in south-east Asia, sample the cultural delights of north Africa, or keep it local and discover what Europe has to offer. However far you wish to journey, you’ll find fun-packed January cruise deals to suit. Open waves, open minds, and the feel of the sun on your back again – a happy new year indeed!

Where to cruise in January?

The Canary Islands

There’s so much to enjoy in the Canary Islands at any time of year, but it’s more peaceful in January and the weather still averages a pleasant 17˚C, with plenty of sun. The beaches are the stuff of legend, and you’ll find some jaw-dropping landscapes, too. Tenerife has other-worldly black-sand beaches, the world-class Siam Park water park, and Mount Teide, the third-highest volcano on the planet. If you enjoy the great outdoors, El Cedro Forest in La Gomera and El Chorro waterfall in Fuerteventura, are wonderful sights. On Lanzarote, there’s cracking scuba diving and the majestic fire mountains of Timanfaya National Park, while you can spot dolphins swimming off the coast of Gran Canaria. Click to find cruise deals to the Canary Islands.

Morocco

January cruises don’t come more exhilarating than this. There’s so much culture to discover, from the lively hustle and colour of the souks to the charming Arabic architecture. There are desert camel rides to take and sun-drenched, untouched beaches to laze upon – and the Moroccan cuisine is incredible. If you fancy a haggle, you can shop for authentic, locally crafted rugs in the markets, along with all manner of other souvenirs and trinkets. The sun stays out all-year-round here, but January is ideal because the temperature is much more manageable while still being warm enough to soak up some rays. Pack a jumper to stay cosy in the evenings, though. Click to find cruise deals to Morocco.

Portugal

From the Algarve’s secluded bays to the gorgeous Sagres peninsula, Portugal makes for a perfect winter getaway. And if you can bag a cheap cruise in January to take you there, you’ll definitely be on to a good thing. Lisbon is a must-see, full of picturesque cobbled streets and architectural wonders, while Porto’s charming streets, leading down to the River Douro, are very special. This is also a great place for foodies and lovers of Harry Potter – the delightful Livraria Lello bookshop was a source of inspiration for JK Rowling. Portimao, with its harbour-front bars, shops and cafes, is just idyllic. With average January highs of 16˚C, it’s mild and pleasant, and a great month to explore what Portugal has to offer. Click to find cruise deals to Portugal.

Thailand

With wonderful beaches on tap and engaging culture to explore inland, it’s easy to see why Thai cruises in January are so popular. Downtown Bangkok is packed with late-night fun, architecture and fantastic cuisine. You can get up close and personal to elephants and gibbons in the national parks, too. Weather-wise, January is the best month to visit, as the heat is more friendly, it’s nice and dry, and the snorkelling and diving conditions off the west coast are ideal. Click to find cruise deals to Thailand.

Malaysia

If you’re looking for exotic cruise deals in January, look no further than Malaysia. Be it the epic mountains, waterfalls and beaches of Langkawi or the ultra-modern skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur, you’ll find something for everyone. The year-round hot weather makes for a refreshing change from the long northern European winter, and it doesn’t tend to be that wet either, especially in the coastal areas. As you sail up the Malacca Strait between forest-covered islands to Port Klang, you’ll be treated to some spectacular scenery. Nearby Kuala Lumpur is a modern marvel, and home to historic sites, buzzing markets, and the mammoth KL Tower. Penang, with the biggest reclining Buddha statues in the world, is well worth a look, too. Click to find cruise deals to Malaysia.

Cambodia

The landscapes are dramatic and diverse, there’s ancient history abound, and the year-round warm weather is glorious. Cambodia is an engaging place at any time, and in January there’s hardly a drop of rain to spoil the fun. The white-sand beaches are perfect, there’s incredible wildlife to be found all over the country, and the ancient temples and ruins make for an engaging visit. The city of Sihanoukville is renowned for its nightlife and beach scene, and you’ll find world-class restaurants and oodles of culture to discover. Popular with those who took a cruise in January, with average temperatures of 26˚C, Cambodia should be on your cruising radar. Click to find cruise deals to Cambodia.

Whether you’re looking for a shorter trip to Europe, an eye-opening African jaunt or an epic journey to Asia, a winter cruise is the ideal way to escape the cold and chase the sun. The voyage itself is half the fun, with everything on-board to keep you occupied, and spectacular views to take in before you arrive. When you do, you’ll find a world of fun and culture to explore.

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