Sunning yourself on deck is one of life’s greatest pleasures, yet it’s sometimes easy to forget that it’s yours for the taking all year round. In fact, cruise lines nowadays are growing the scale, number and variety of cruises departing during the winter months – so you can rest assured that the only frosty reception to expect is the cold champagne onboard.
With such a range of destinations and itineraries to choose from, we’ve got a few reasons why a winter cruise is just the ticket down below – as well as advice on the best winter cruises around.
Savouring some winter sun
Perhaps the most obvious reason to take a winter cruise is simply the chance to enjoy the climate. You’ll find that winter cruise offers frequently factor in the sunniest itineraries in the world. In fact, because trade winds and hurricanes calm down during the final months of the year, winter is actually the most active time for cruises to the Caribbean. You’ll see Royal Caribbean® at their vibrant best at this time, stopping off at Bermuda, Cuba, St Kitts and more as they showcase the best sunshine around.
Enjoy some seasonal savings
The end of the year tends to be a time when we all look at our budgets. Luckily, winter cruise deals offer superb value, with prices hitting free-fall just as fresh itineraries spring to life. You can take those savings as spending money for your cruise, or instead head to the end of the year with a much plumper wallet than you anticipated.
Less crowds and more space
Unless you’re heading for a Caribbean cruise – winter is that region’s high season – it’s going to be a pretty laid-back time at sea for you. The summer months, particularly when the kids are out of school, tend to be the most active at sea. For winter cruises though, you’re going to find fewer families and more space on deck to stretch your sea legs. That said, you’ll still have lots of fellow guests to meet and greet.
Escaping the drama
Whether it’s the doom and gloom of the headlines, the latest political plot twist or some family drama you’re keen to forget, escapism doesn’t come much more complete than on a cruise. With winter being such a stressful season in and of itself, it makes sense that you’ll want to head out to sea for some peace and quiet. Cruise lines such as Seabourn often win acclaim for their luxurious spa treatments, which easily stand toe-to-toe with those on land.
Destinations all over the globe
Cruise lines are reaching ever further afield to make the most of the world’s most sublime destinations. While a Mediterranean winter cruise does plenty to guarantee you some sunshine, it’s often a smart move to take advantage of winter cruise savings. It’s the Far East that’s becoming the new cruising hotspot these days, and because of where the Asia Pacific region rests on the map, it’s super warm when you visit in winter.
Don’t dispute the charms of winter Down Under
We’ve touched on winter sun already, but special mention definitely needs to go to winter cruises to Australia and New Zealand. After all, that time of year is summer for those realms of infinite sunshine, yet what really makes them glow as cruise destinations is the chance to savour sights such as the Sydney Opera House from the elegance and comfort of your deck.
Festivities unlike anywhere else
We all have heard of, if not indulged in, those winter cruises that take advantage of the most glitzy and festive Christmas markets in Europe. Yet if you think about the festive season altogether, there are plenty of other celebrations well worth enjoying on a cruise ship. New Year’s Eve is a superb example, and you can imagine how exciting it’s going to be clinking champagne glasses as the clock strikes midnight in a whole new timezone.
Get the taste of real winter
A lot of people really like the winter, from the chance to wrap up in stylish clothes to the pristine crunch of the first footstep in new snow. If you’re taking a winter cruise for the opposite of summer sun, the most magical wintry realms on Earth await you. Huskies and sleds in Alaska or a tour down the fjords of Scandinavia offer sights and sensations unlike anything else.
Your shore excursions are much more personal
We already touched on how cruise ships have less guests onboard in winter months than in the summer. That also applies to the ports you visit, not just because less cruise ship passengers are disembarking to explore alongside you, but also because there are less holidaymakers in those destinations who’ve flown out on other packages. What results is a much tamer and more relaxing chance to see the sights.
You can spend the entirety of winter cruising around the world
If you’re feeling altogether extravagant, you can indulge your curiosity for the cultures of the world by spending three months or so onboard a cruise ship. World cruises are for the brave and the bold, travelling from East to West and back again. Circumnavigate the globe and take in Paris, Barcelona, Singapore, Miami and more on the way.
Cruising in winter is definitely an experience worthy of your consideration. Stick with us in finding the best deals and destinations for you, and before you know it you’ll be leaving the seasonal gloom far behind you.
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