Unwind after the busy holiday season and escape gray winter skies and frigid temperatures on a luxury vacation to some of the best places to cruise in January.
The best winter cruises visit warmer, sunnier destinations guaranteed to lift your spirits and banish those seasonal blues.
Start planning your next getaway to one of the best cruise destinations in January.
Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao
Set sail on a leisurely Caribbean cruise that visits Grand Cayman, home to beautiful Seven Mile Beach, luxury shopping, and fabulously fresh seafood, then continues south to the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.
The ABC Islands are known for having the sunniest, driest climate in the Caribbean. With calm waters, fantastic diving locations, and warm hospitality, it’s no wonder they’re one of the best January cruise destinations.
Unwind on the powdery white beaches of Aruba while watching sunlight sparkle on the brilliant blue ocean. Discover the vibrant marine life under the sea on sailing and scuba excursions, or board a submarine and see coral fields, shipwrecks, vibrantly colored fish, and sea sponges up close.
Commune with Aruba’s wildlife on a visit to a butterfly farm or a donkey sanctuary, or tour the island on horseback. Indulge in retail therapy in Oranjestad, Aruba’s capital, and delight in local cuisine that blends Dutch, Portuguese, and Spanish influences.
Bonaire is an island bursting with color, both on land and in the surrounding sea. Pastel-colored houses in shades of pink, orange, and lime green cluster on the island, and flocks of pink flamingos hang out near mangroves and saltpans. Under the sea, a dazzling variety of colorful fish and corals await.
Getting up close to the island’s marine life is one of the best things to do in Bonaire. A national marine park surrounds the island, making it one of the most spectacular diving spots in the Caribbean—and one of the most eco-conscious, too. Paddle a glass-bottom kayak for a scenic look above and below the water, or catch a water taxi to the uninhabited Klein Bonaire to swim, sunbathe and snorkel in a pristine paradise.
On a January cruise, pick any one of Curacao’s 38 beaches and enjoy stunning views, pristine stretches of white sand, and conveniently located bars and restaurants. Take time to stroll Willemstad, the island’s capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its colorful colonial buildings and European ambiance.
Visit the floating market along the waterfront where locals shop for produce and fresh fish. Tour the Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in the Western Hemisphere.
On a port of call at the 16th-century walled city of Cartagena, Colombia, stroll through the cobblestone streets and admire the colonial architecture and ornate churches.
Shop for souvenirs at Las Bovedas, a bustling market that was once a prison. Admire the street art in Getsemani and touch Fernando Botero’s famous sculpture “Fat Gertrude” for luck. Take a break from sightseeing to people-watch while enjoying coffee and pastries at a sidewalk café.
Argentina and Antarctica
On a cruise from Buenos Aires, spend time in Argentina’s beguiling and romantic capital before sailing to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Glimpse South America’s famous penguins, hike the Fuegian Andes accompanied by Siberian husky dogs, or paddle a canoe in the waters of Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Due to its extreme climate, the Antarctica cruise season is notably short, which makes it one of the best places to cruise in January. Capture images of ice floes, humpback whales, leopard seals, and other native wildlife while cruising there.
Spot majestic whales and diving penguins at Paradise Bay, and marvel at the number of elephant seals that cover tiny Elephant Island. At Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands, walk among the friendly Magellan, Gentoo, and King penguins.
Discover how Montevideo celebrates Carnival while touring the Museo del Carnaval. Lunch like a local at a café that serves chivito (a loaded steak sandwich) with a glass of local red wine, then visit a tango exhibition.
End your unforgettable vacation in Buenos Aires and opt for an overnight excursion to witness the magnificent Iguazu Falls.
Cruise to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and the Florida Keys, the best cruise destinations in January for some much needed fun in the sun.
Swing in a hammock on a white-sand beach, or go below turquoise waters to snorkel the Palancar Reef and swim among spotted trunkfish, French angelfish, and sea stars.
Head out to open waters on a fishing charter for a chance to reel in sailfish, marlin, and mahi-mahi. Sip cool margaritas or a cold beer and enjoy freshly made fish tacos or citrusy ceviche at an outdoor cafe.
Journey to a tropical jungle to delve into Mayan history and heritage at San Gervasio, Cozumel’s largest Mayan Ruin site with temples and statues dedicated to the goddess of fertility.
In Georgetown, Grand Cayman’s capital city, head for beautiful Seven Mile Beach for an active or leisurely day in the sun. Swim with gentle stingrays at Stingray City, or dive or snorkel Cemetery Reef or the Wreck of the Gamma. Go on a parasailing or jet-skiing adventure, or simply lounge on the snow-white sand.
Splurge on duty-free shopping or stop by the Cayman Craft Market for artisan goods like straw hats, intricate handwoven baskets, and black coral jewelry. Stock up on the island’s famous rum cake.
It’s easy to fall in love with wild and quirky Key West, an island surrounded by the only living coral reef in the continental U.S. Dive or snorkel to explore the reef, glimpsing 40 species of corals and more than 500 species of fish, or glide over the reef in a glass-bottom boat.
Visit the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, where the iconic author lived and wrote, and see the many six-toed cats that live on the property. Bike the length of Duval Street and shop for shells and souvenirs. Pause for a refreshing key lime ice cream bar, and snap a selfie at the tri-colored Southernmost Point buoy.
The Galapagos Islands
Temperate weather, breathtaking scenery, and spectacular wildlife found nowhere else in the world make the Galapagos Islands one of the best places to cruise in January.
Cruise from island to island on one of four itineraries aboard one of our special expedition ships, including Celebrity Flora, which was designed especially for Galapagos cruises.
Watch giant tortoises that can live to be over 100 years old. See Darwin’s finches, the birds that helped Charles Darwin formulate his theory of evolution. Marvel at blue-footed and red-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, Galapagos Penguins, and huge land lizards.
Our all-inclusive cruises to the Galapagos include shore excursions guided by an expert naturalist, beverages, meals, gratuities, park fees, lectures, room service, wifi, and more.
Thailand & Vietnam
Begin a fascinating discovery of Southeast Asia in the exciting country of Singapore, and sail to Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Hanoi, and Hong Kong.
With an overnight in Singapore, there’s plenty of time to experience the impressive Gardens by the Bay and the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Visit the Raffles Hotel and enjoy an iconic Singapore Sling cocktail.
Traveling along the city’s rivers and canals, it’s easy to see why Bangkok is called the Venice of the East. Visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho, the Grand Palace, and the National Museum of Royal Barges. On an overnight stay, there’s time to experience the city’s famous night street markets, food stalls, fine restaurants, and nightclubs.
Arrive in Vietnam and be dazzled by the country’s beauty, energy, and proud culture.
In Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, the city’s French colonial roots are evident in architecture and cuisine, a wonderful mix of French, Chinese and local Vietnamese. For a dose of history, visit the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, and the History Museum.
Take a mesmerizing junk boat cruise on Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire its serene beauty and towering limestone karsts that jut out around the bay.
Join the bustling workaday crowds in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. Explore Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and the Old Quarter’s ancient temples.
Immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s dual ancient and urbane vibe. Tour a Buddhist nunnery, have dim sum for lunch, and see the bronze Tian Tan Buddha. In the midst of skyscrapers, find an oasis of calm in the green spaces of Victoria Park.
Hop a boat to roam the casinos of Macau and arrive back in Hong Kong in time to dine at one of the city’s four-star restaurants. Enjoy the amazing Symphony of Lights show in Victoria Harbor.
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