There’s no need to feel the January blues when you can instead, spend the calendar’s first month sailing the briny blue. January is a popular cruising month for those of us looking to get the year off to a fantastic start. It’s also, of course, the favoured month for cruise ship guests looking for sunshine that they’d not otherwise find at home. So if you’re seeking inspiration, look no further than our quick guide to where is hot in January.

The Caribbean

The most obvious choice is by no means the least exciting. In fact, it’s quite the opposite and you’ll find that the blazing sun of the Caribbean, come January, is one of the great pleasures in life.

Of course, it’s best taken onboard January cruises that specialise in whisking you from one colourful island to the next, in style. Imagine taking salsa classes with a side of rum punch in Cuba, before reclining on the beaches of Barbados beneath blue skies and palm trees. The Caribbean’s sumptuous mix of sunshine isles makes cruising here a joy and whether you spend a week or a fortnight, you’re going to awaken almost every morning to a gorgeous new beach and a rich tapestry of culture.

The Canary Islands

While Tenerife is a hugely popular port of call for January holidays, the wider spread of the Canary Islands remains a cruising mainstay. Cruise ships weave their way through these sunny isles, taking you from the popular Gran Canaria to more remote hotspots usually reserved for locals in the know, like the hidden village of La Palma.

Thanks to the volcanic nature of Tenerife, you can expect to lounge on exotic black sand beaches just as readily as classic golden ones. Indeed, these islands are rich with many natural wonders, offering you the rare and wonderful opportunity to go dolphin spotting and snorkelling one day and camel riding through the desert the next.

South America

A growing number of cruises are showcasing fascination with South American destinations that you’re certain to echo. If you’re mulling where to go in January and fancy whole new horizons, where tourism is only just taking hold, this could be the location for you.

More than just the Panama Canal, the famous bridge between east and west, South America is a region where lively music and good food, not to mention passionate people, are all par for the course. Thanks to how close everything is to the Equator, you can expect hot weather in January, as standard. Plenty of intrigue is promised too, thanks to the relics of ancient civilisations that you’ll chance upon in the likes of Belize and Costa Maya, when sailing onboard Marella Celebration.

The Far East

Ask anyone in the know about cruising and they’ll tell you that the Far East is a growing destination of choice. Nearby Australia enjoys much of the same fanfare and of course, plenty of January sunshine thanks to its position on the globe, but it’s the Far East where the warmth and mystique really converge.

Cruise ships like Marella Discovery are in love with the East. You’ll find that routes tend to voyage among almost unknown locales as much as the glitzy neon cities like Busan in South Korea, or the famous Hong Kong.

Indeed, you can also expect to savour the likes of exotic beaches in Thailand, as well as forgotten vistas in Vietnam. Penang in Malaysia, together with its gorgeous archipelago of islands around Langkawi, make for unforgettable tropical adventures where snorkelling, rainforest exploration and spa days are simply the way of life. Your voyage through Asia in the January sun will likely also touch on some colonial aspects of the past, like Cambodia’s Sihanoukville, where Eastern promise rubs shoulders with influences from France.

Of course, cruising at any time of year is always a joy, but kicking off a new year with such a voyage is sure to get things off on the right foot. The growing popularity of river cruising and cruising at the furthest northern reaches of the world mean that you can do more than just take in the sunshine during a January cruise too. Either way, we have the advice you need when planning the big break that you deserve and wherever your next cruise takes you, you can be sure that if taken in January, it will make for wonderful memories in the ensuing year and beyond.

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