People are drawn to the warmth for good reasons.
Sunshine is invigorating, and many travelers enjoy the chance to get into the water to splash around or simply enjoy the outdoors unencumbered by bitter cold or snowy conditions.
If you’re someone who hates the cold and needs an escape, a cruise to a warm-weather destination can offer a wonderful respite — especially if you feel trapped by winter conditions where you live.
Here are five kinds of cruises for people who dislike cold weather.
The most-popular cruise region in the world has earned its status because of the numerous destinations you can visit, all with spectacular weather for most of year. Caribbean cruises head to three distinct regions: Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean and Southern Caribbean.
And many itineraries include stops in the Bahamas, an adjacent region in the Atlantic Ocean.
A Caribbean cruise is extremely popular for travelers who want plenty of time in the water and at pristine beaches. Think of time snorkeling, diving, sailing on catamarans or just kicking back with a frozen fruity cocktail or a few cold beers.
The ports in the Southern Caribbean are among our favorites. You sail closer toward the equator and get to enjoy and even warmer climate when you visit the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Grenada, St. Lucia and Barbados.
Eastern Caribbean cruises typically include stops in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Virgin Gorda.
Western Caribbean cruise itineraries might take you to exotic spots like Belize and Roatan (Honduras) in Central America, Cozumel and Costa Maya (Mexico) and the Cayman Islands and Jamaica.
A Galapagos cruise is the ultimate expedition and a truly unique experience. The remote archipelago far off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean features an incredibly diverse array of wildlife and species that are endemic to the Galapagos National Park and Galapagos Marine Reserve. The Galapagos Islands is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and several operators offer cruises.
The dry season runs between June and December with average temperatures around 80 to 84 degrees. The wet season from late December to May can get a little warmer, up to 88 degrees. Cruisers love to come for the chance to see creatures like penguins, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, marine iguanas, giant tortoises and all kinds of fish and seabirds.
Celebrity Cruises’ offers cruises on three ships: Celebrity Xpedition, Celebrity Xploration and Celebrity Flora. Silversea has cruises on its Silver Galapagos and will be introducing the new luxury Silver Origin in 2020. UnCruise Adventures offers expedition sailings on the 48-passenger La Pinta yacht.
You couldn’t ask for more ideal conditions for cruising. French Polynesia includes the cruise destinations of Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Taha’a, Huahine and other idyllic spots among the group of islands and atolls in the South Pacific Ocean.
The weather averages a sunny 80 degrees all year, making it a superb for escaping the cold. Water sports include snorkeling, diving, swimming and paddle sports. Paul Gauguin Cruises, Windstar Cruises, Ponant, Oceania and Lindblad Expeditions offer some of the best experiences in French Polynesia, with smaller ships that can get into the lagoons around the islands.
Another year-round delight, Hawaii offers a diverse array of island experiences – from food, cultural discovery, beaches, water sports and outdoor adventures.
Cruises to Hawaii take you around the islands of Hawaii (The Big Island), Oahu, Maui and Lanai for fun in the sun. Norwegian Cruise Line specializes in Hawaii cruises with its Pride of America ship that sails year-round weeklong voyages around the islands.
Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Azamara, Celebrity Cruises and Crystal Cruises also offer a number of Hawaii cruise itineraries. UnCruise Adventures is the only cruise line that visits Molokai.
Top Hawaii excursions include visits to Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head State Monument and Pearl Harbor on Oahu; and helicopter tours to see craters of volcanoes like Haleakala on Maui and Hawaii Volcanoes Park on the Big Island.
Summer is high-season for Med cruises, and itineraries that visit either the Western Mediterranean and Eastern Mediterranean are fabulous options. The regions are popular for sunny conditions and warm inviting waters during summer. Cruisers come to see ancient sites and immerse themselves in countless cultural opportunities.
All major cruise lines offer sailings to the Med. Eastern Mediterranean cruises take you to destinations like Istanbul, the Greek Islands, Dubrovnik (Croatia), Kotor (Montenegro) and Jerusalem.
Western Mediterranean cruises hot classic spots like Barcelona, Cannes, Florence, Naples, Venice, Rome, Marseille, Monaco and Malta.
Mediterranean cruises offer a wonderful way to experience a diverse array of countries during one trip. The highlights are the food, architecture, history and, of course, the sun-drenched beaches and blue waters during summertime.
John Roberts is a freelance writer and operator of InTheLoopTravel.com. He writes about cruising and active travel, highlighting how people can connect with the world and other cultures through rewarding travel experiences.