Well, winter is definitely on the way now. The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are plunging and everyone seems to be stuck in a post-summer gloom. While the season for more conventional holidays has started to wind down, here at CruiseDeals there are great itineraries available all year round, and winter is no exception.
If you fancy exploring a true winter wonderland or escaping the cold weather to warmer climes, we have a huge variety of cruises sailing through the winter months so there is bound to be something that suits your tastes. Here are five of our favourites…
Christmas Markets with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
If the festive season fills you with a warm, fuzzy glow, then this is the cruise for you. Guests will spend eight nights on the fantastic Balmoral ship, and sail to some of the most enchanting Christmas markets in the world, including Bruges and Bremerhaven.
The ship also docks at Copenhagen, which is home to the world-famous Tivoli Gardens. This magical theme park simply comes to life at this time of year, with thousands of fairy lights and grand musical concerts.
Guests will also have the chance to explore Hamburg in Germany, with nearly ten different markets to choose from. No matter which market you choose, you should definitely enjoy a mug of steaming hot “Glühwein”, served with a generous side serving of festive cheer! Find out more today!
If you simply detest the winter months and just want to get away from it all, then consider going on a Caribbean cruise like this one from P&O Cruises. The peak months for Caribbean cruises start in mid-December, when hurricane season has settled down and the weather is sunny and pleasant – worlds away from the British winter!
This cruise lasts 14 nights and stops at some of the most iconic ports in the Caribbean, including Barbados, St Lucia and Dominica. It also docks at the island of St Kitts, which is home to a beautiful rainforest and a fascinating history.
If you would prefer something glamorous this winter, then why not try a transatlantic cruise? It normally involves a few days at sea, but when you’re on an iconic ship such as the Queen Mary 2, that can be a boon rather than a bore!
Cunard offers a great transatlantic crossing, which either docks or sails from New York City, the ultimate shopper’s paradise and a perfect place to get some last minute Christmas gifts!
This charming little route from P&O Cruises gives you the chance to see the best of Scandinavia under the chill of winter. Even on the days that you are at sea, the views of the rugged Norwegian coastline and the Swedish archipelago are simply spectacular. If that isn’t tempting enough, guests on board will also be treated to a spellbinding performance by world-famous singer Michael Ball!
Stops include Copenhagen, Bruges and Amsterdam, each with their own delightful traditional Christmas markets to explore. The ship additionally docks at Gothenburg, a bustling but friendly port of call nestled against the Swedish coastline. This city truly is a haven for foodies, with world-class seafood and a grand market hall, perfect for picking up some unique and special Christmas presents for loved ones.
West Australia and Asia
Our winter is the Southern Hemisphere’s summer, so this is the perfect time of year to take a cruise around Australia and South East Asia. A good option is Princess Cruises’ epic 19 night itinerary on the Diamond Princess ship, which sails from the 21st February.
Spanning both Eastern and Western cultures, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more varied selection of ports of call. The route starts in Australia, covering Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, before heading north and stopping at some of South East Asia’s most exciting cities, including bustling Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. This is definitely a cruise for the more adventurous traveller!
Do you plan to go on any of these cruises this winter? Let us know in the comments!