The clocks have gone back, the nights have drawn in and the temparture has plummeted. If you don’t want things to stay grey and gloomy until next spring, then chase the sun to one of these winter sun cruise destinations.
The average temparture in the winter is around 25-29 degrees and with around 9 hours of sunshine a day and a variety of charming islands to visit, The Caribbean is top of everyones winter sun cruise list. There is something for everyone; if you want beaches, in Antigua there are 365, one for every day of the year. St. Maarten, with it’s French and Dutch heritage strongly represented offers cobblestone streets and charming buildings and is the premier shopping port. If you want unspoilt, places like St. Kitts, with it’s lush tropical rainforests and and green velvet monkeys will be the place to explore and if you’re a thrill seeker, islands like Barbados offer all manner of watersports and exhilarating experiences.
If you don’t want to stray to far from home in pursuit of a winter sun cruise, then The Canary islands are a safe bet. You might not find the kind of weather you would get further afield, but with it’s subtropical climate, you will still come back with a glow. The majestic volcanic coastline makes for an impressive back drop if you want to go out and explore the tranquil beaches with turquoise waters. Many Canary cruises offer an overnight port stop, which will give you the opportunity to soak up the atomsphere in a local Taverna into the small hours. If you’re a star-gazer, La Palma is the first Starlight Reserve in the world – with minimal light pollution any budding astronomer will enjoy spending time looking up at the skies from the comfort of your balcony, as you spend your night gliding across the ocean.
South East Asia
January to March offers some of the nicest weather in South East Asia. You’ll miss most of the rainy season, temperatures are warm but nights are still relatively comfortable. There is no shortage of things to see or do either. In Vietnam, the towering limestone islands of the amazing Ha’Long Bay with its emerald waters offer a stunning backdrop. Across to Thailand and you get pretty floating markets, amazing street food, temples and some of the best beaches in the region, which as can also be found in Malaysia. Most winter sun cruises in this part of the world start or end in Singapore – where no trip would be complete without a Singapore Sling at Raffles Hotel, birthplace of this infamous cocktail.
Whilst we are huddling round a fire trying to get warm, down under they are huddling round a barbeque on the beach. It might take you a while to process Christmas trees whilst it’s 30 degrees out, but there is so much to see and do in this part of the world. Most likely you’ll cruise from Sydney, where after exploring Darling Habour and soaking up the Aussie hospitality, you can cruise up the Gold Coast to see the stunning coral and marine life in the Great Barrier Reef, or visit the truly beautiful Whitsunday Islands. There is also the option to explore some of the South Pacific islands, or even head over to New Zealand, with so many different itineraries, it’s no wonder it’s one of our most popular winter sun cruise destinations.
So there is a little inspiration for where to escape to for some winter sun, but have we missed off your favourite destination? Be sure to let us know in the comments!