The days are getting shorter, and the nights are longer—the time to plan your brilliant escape is now! Say goodbye to the frigid temperatures that are sweeping through the United States and Europe by heading south and joining the smiling faces of the Caribbean, Australia, and other exotic ports of call. Just south of the equator there is a cruise with your name on it. Select from one of these tropical destinations for a vacation that is guaranteed to keep you warm until Spring.
This is the easiest choice! Come experience the fresh seafood, salty air, and swaying palm trees that inspired Ernest Hemingway to write masterpieces Islands in the Stream and The Old Man and the Sea. Nothing lifts your spirit like a little beach therapy, and the Caribbean is the No. 1 destination to lift you higher. Whether you select Eastern or Western Caribbean itineraries, it doesn’t matter, each island has beaches more appealing than the next. The quality of the ports are excellent, and this season’s mega-ships are heading south, providing luxurious round-trips starting in ports like New York, Galveston, Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Choose from the world’s finest cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, Viking Ocean Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas, for fun-in the sun that will have you glowing from the inside out.
The Hawaiian Islands
Imagine discovering the luscious rainforests, orchid-clad gardens, exciting climbs, and energetic volcanoes of this coveted island paradise. It’s hard to compete with the waterfalls of Maui or the adventure excursions of Kauai, so why not surrender to the inevitable, and plan a trip to several of the islands! There are few places on earth like Hawaii, and winter is the optimal time to soak in the perfect 70-degree weather. However, when deciding between a destination like the Caribbean or Hawaii, it’s important to remember that Hawaii cruises are more rare. While the Caribbean makes reaching exotic locations easy, Hawaii requires a little more leg work. Fortunately, our team of experts can help you book a cruise to the Aloha State in no time.
The Galápagos Islands
Adventurous cruisers will jump at the chance to head to the Galapagos. Why not treat yourself to a warm vacation while the rest of the northern hemisphere is shivering in the snow? Be transported to another world by traveling between December and February, which is mating season. It’s one of the best times for wildlife spotting, and cruisers will have a chance to sea turtles, sea lions, giant land tortoises, island birds, penguins and more. It doesn’t take much to convince someone that the Galapagos are gorgeous, but once you go snorkeling and experience the rich aquatic life, it’s hard not to realize that nature takes center stage. Visit Santa Cruz, Champion Islet, South Plaza, Rábida, Española, Fernandina, and Floreana—each island has something priceless and unforgettable to offer. Try sailing there on Celebrity Cruises! One of the best features of this fleet is intimate, all-inclusive itineraries.
Australia & New Zealand
When the going gets tough, the tough head Down Under. Say goodbye to snow plows and snow boots! When it’s winter up north, it’s summer there. Imagine a vacation filled with relaxation and adventure. Visit cosmopolitan cities in Australia, such as Melbourne and Sydney; then head to the Outback for a taste of the country’s truly rugged side. New Zealand temperatures are a bit cooler and offer winter views, such as glaciers and snow-capped mountains, which you can enjoy from a comfortable distance. Sound too good to be true? Remember it’s the busy season, so plan ahead, and expect lively ships filled with travelers.
When it comes to winter cruising, the natural flow is to follow the sun. Fortunately, there are plenty of options just a click or a call away. Reach out to one of our agents to start planning your vacation! After all, don’t you deserve it?