With the days getting shorter and the nights drawing in, it’s time to start planning a winter getaway.
The vast and varied array of destinations is one of the main reasons why cruise holidays are so hugely popular. The options for that tempting winter escape are endless; for cruise regulars in search of a winter fix, there are plenty of exciting new places and itineraries from which to choose.
The Caribbean, a classic winter-sun favorite, is perfect cruising territory.
Rather than just staying on one island in the sun you’ll see three or more countries, depending on your itinerary, without the hassle of packing and unpacking and sitting around at airports.
For the ultimate adventure at sea, it has to be a voyage across the Drake Passage to Antarctica.
This is a land of icebergs, whales and penguins, accessible to cruise ships only in the austral summer when the ice has receded enough for them to navigate the freezing waters safely.
Holland America and Azamara Club Cruises have sightseeing voyages to the White Continent on big ships that only allow you to look at the scenery, so if getting up close to penguins appeals, choose one of the expedition cruise lines.
Prefer to stay closer to home? Winter is an increasingly popular time to cruise the Mediterranean as the temperatures have cooled and you’ll actually see actually see the sights when you visit the likes of Pompeii in Italy and the Parthenon in Athens.
And don’t disregard the Canary Islands, which get more than their fair share of winter sun. Norwegian Cruise Line has 10 and 11-night voyages around the Western and Eastern Mediterranean from Civitavecchia (the port for Rome) that visit ports in Spain, Italy, Tunisia, Greece and Turkey.
All-in-all, cruising isn’t only for summer, so if you still don’t know where to go this winter, make sure to consider cruising.