February is a fun month, as springtime teases us with its closeness and love is in the air for many. Yet it’s also a hugely popular time to take a cruise, thanks to February half term and a wide range of sumptuously hot destinations to enjoy.
February is a fantastic stopgap between the New Year blues and the highly anticipated summer break. Cruising during this month offers a fantastic range of destinations in the sun to sail to and if you’re wondering where is hot in February, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few favourite considerations.
The Canary Islands
Thanks to their location, plenty of hot sun sweeps over the Canary Islands every year. The volcanic sands and epic nightlife of Tenerife means you can expect an upbeat atmosphere to continue, even after those blue skies fade to black too.
However, the biggest of the Canaries is only the start of what a cruise through this region will offer you. Lanzarote is a dream for scuba divers, thanks to its vast underwater realms of mystery and sculpture and you can be sure that even in February, both divers and glass bottom boat tours are ready to plumb the mysteries of the deep.
Gran Canaria isn’t to be missed either, taking its cue from classic Spanish culture but also offering plenty of hot weather fun. So varied is the terrain here that your shore excursions can see you meeting dolphins and riding camels over the desert, all in one day.
One part of the world you can always count on for hot February holidays is the Caribbean, where sunshine and blue skies are always guaranteed. And of course, anyone who’s ever stepped onboard a gleaming white cruise ship will tell you that cruising is the best way to see these islands in style.
The spread of the islands lets you enjoy a good few sea days, spread out on the deck under the sun and the destinations themselves are beautifully varied. The carnival atmosphere of the Bahamas is offset brilliantly by the laid-back outlook of Jamaica, while Latin fever hits all the high notes in Havana, the Cuban capital. Here, classic cars and big cigars rule the day alongside vibrant music and big smiles. When all the revelry gets too much, you can head to the quiet nooks of sunny Sint Maarten to slip into a hammock and read a book by sunset.
February cruises make for a great time to explore the Panama Canal, thanks to that time of year being a big part of the region’s dry and sunny season. This timeless waterway, between west and east evokes plenty of South American myth and folklore and is a little more far flung than your usual cruising fare.
As such, you’ll be taking in sights that many other holidaymakers can only dream of. Whether you’re voyaging from the Pacific to the Atlantic or vice-versa, your voyage will wind you through a deeply inspiring backdrop of rainforests and maritime museums that lets you learn just how vital the Canal has been in uniting the globe. Luckily, the sun will be streaming down on you throughout this journey and the great food and culture of cities like Colon, will give you a perspective on South America few can ever find.
The Far East
It’s easy to forget just how warm it can get in the Far East and February is no exception. Positively swarthy weather permeates here, compared to back home and cruises make the most of visiting these ancient realms of intrigue.
Cruises these days are expanding their horizons and that means you can too. Places such as Thailand are just as likely to be part of your cruise as sprawling cities like Singapore and Hong Kong. In fact, they’re perhaps even more likely to be part of your voyage, as they are no longer only favoured by backpackers.
Your cruise will also take advantage of the thousands of islands that make up this part of the world, like Malaysia’s Langkawi. Temples, beaches and mystique abound in these havens, while over in Penang, on Malaysia’s mainland, you can take in the foodie scene and sublime shopping. Vietnam also features on lots of cruise itineraries, letting you explore the jungle during shore excursions or take a look at colonial French touches that have shaped this unique destination.
February cruises have so much to offer and the destinations where you can catch some rays have never been more varied.
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