5 Best Cruise Destinations in the Winter
Cruises are extremely popular during the winter months in North America mainly because people are just dying to escape the cold. Aside from being able to hit the beach during snowy days, Cruise ships offer a ton of warm amenities and activities that would make the cold months more enjoyable. This high demand for cruises used to equate to higher prices for consumers. Fortunately though, thanks to tanning salons and more sophisticated ways to stay warm, that said demand isn’t as high anymore, and cruise ships are often more than willing to offer deals to travelers. The question is where exactly should you go? Which cruise destinations are ideal during the winter season? If you’re asking yourself those questions, fret not. Below is an overview of some the best cruise destinations for the upcoming cold season:
1. Australia and/or New Zealand
The land down under offers warm and cozy temperatures during the winter months of North America. Expect the sun to be out and merry while you’re sight-seeing with adorable koala bears and kangaroos. Whether you’re heading to Sydney, Fiji, Melbourne, Wellington, Tasmania, or Christchurch, you’re bound to have a bright and sunny when you decide to take a cruise down under.
2. Mexican Riviera
Bask in the sun while sitting on the beach or participating in various water sports. Mexican Riviera cruises are perfect for those who want to stay outdoors without freezing to death. Temperatures range from the 70s to 80s so you’ll be nice and toasty during your trip -- perfect for those who want to get a natural tan!
Hawaii is beautiful all-year round, but it offers a truly refreshing experience if you’re coming from the cold climate of North America. Like the Mexican Riviera, this destination is perfect if you’re looking to enjoy water-related sports and activities such as scuba diving, island hopping, snorkeling, parasailing and more.
4. South America
Hit Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cape Horn, Santiago, or Rio de Janeiro for some highly colorful experiences. From touring busy, local towns to exploring rainforests, mountains, waterfalls, and other wildlife, there are tons of diverse activities to be enjoyed when you’re on a South American cruise. Why stay cooped up by the fireplace when you can go on such an exotic trip?
5. The Caribbean
Craving high temperatures WITHOUT high prices? Then a cruise to the Caribbean could be just the trip for you. With temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to mid-80s, you’ll definitely be able to warm and enjoy yourself. And since it’s relatively close to the US, prices remain affordable, compared to cruises that take you to the other side of the globe.
Times have changed. Most of us don't seek out a tan, but you don't have to go to the tropics to get one. You can get a winter tan at the local tanning salon, and winter cruise bargains are out there for the taking. The new millennium has seen over 30 new cruise ships launched, and more berths, i.e. "supply" means lower prices until the "demand" catches up.