It’s difficult to get excited about winter. The weather isn’t very nice. The scenery is drab, and except for the holidays, no one seems to be having a great deal of fun. However, it isn’t winter everywhere.
Here are five of the hottest (pun intended) cruise itineraries to get you out of the winter blahs and back into the fun and sun!
This fly cruise really departs from anywhere in the world, with the first leg by air. Once you set down in scenic Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, you set off for Goa in India, arriving on 11 December. It may be cold at home, but it is never winter in the tropics.
During the course of your 12-day cruise, you’ll see Mumbai, Muscat and fabulous Dubai before returning again to Abu Dhabi, and then home. You won’t have spent the whole of the cold season away, but you’ll have the best natural tan in town!
After landing in Ever-sunny Barcelona on the 28th of October, you will board one of Royal Caribbean’s finest ships, the Brilliance of the Seas. You’ll travel to Mediterranean must-see ports such as Cannes, Florence/Pisa and Rome, before coming to Greece itself.
There you will spend the week exploring Mykonos, Santorini, and of course Athens. You’ll then stop off in Valletta (Malta) before returning to Barcelona. A cruise for two starts at just €1117 per person, including free Wi-Fi aboard ship. Flights can be added, starting at just €99 from Dublin!
Passengers on this cruise will make their way to Southampton, and spend the night. On the morning of October 28th you’ll set sail for the Caribbean, relaxing and enjoying on-ship entertaining and dining for just over a week. You’ll make landfall in Philipsburgh on the island of St Maarten on the 6th of November.
From there, nearly every day has a new port of call. You’ll see The US Virgin Islands, San Juan and the private peninsula of Labadee before sailing to Fort Lauderdale in the USA. From there, you will fly to Ireland, and make your way home.
What exotic locale says ‘tropical paradise’ better than Hawaii? You can take part in this luxurious 15-day cruise across the United States’ sunniest spring getaways for as little as €1899 per person!
Though March feels a lot like winter in Ireland, you’ll fly from there to sunny Los Angeles, California, landing on March 4th. After a night to enjoy the glitzy pleasures of America’s entertainment capital, you’ll sail for the Hawaiian Islands. First, you’ll stopover in Hilo, then Honolulu and Kauai. Next comes Maui, and then you leave US territorial waters.
Your next stop is Ensenada in Mexico, and then back for a final night in Los Angeles, before your flight home.
The Arabian coast is not just one of the world’s most luxurious cruise destinations, it is also one of the warmest – something very important to moat Europeans around the end of November.
You’ll arrive in The UAE port of Abu Dhabi on 27 November and set sail the next day, arriving in Muscat, Oman on the 29th, and saying over until the 30th. From there you’ll have the chance to explore Sir Bani Yas, then spend 3 days in fabulous Dubai, sampling everything that fabled city has to offer. Lastly, it is a return to Abu Dhabi, and your flight home.