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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.

The ABC Islands

Clear blue waters and white sand beach in Aruba

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Set sail on a leisurely Caribbean cruise to the 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 on sailing and scuba excursions, or board a submarine and see coral fields, shipwrecks, vibrantly colored fish, and sea sponges up close.

Buttefly on a purple flower

Butterfly farm in Aruba

Commune with Aruba’s wildlife on a visit to the butterfly farm, 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, one of the best places to cruise in January


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 feed near mangroves and saltpans. Under the sea, a dazzling variety of colorful fish and corals await.

A national marine park surrounds the island of Bonaire, 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.

Colorful houses in Willemstad Curacao

Willemstad, Curacao

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.

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Puerto Rico, Tortola & St. Maarten

Colorful buildings in Old San Juan

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

From the colorful streets of Old San Juan to the pristine white sand beaches of Tortola and St. Maarten, you’ll love these January cruises.

Explore Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo de San Cristobal in Old San Juan, then savor a local coffee or rum drink at any of the cute cafés and bars near Plaza de Armas. Discover meticulously preserved Spanish colonial art, artifacts, and iconography at the Tomb of Juan Ponce de Leon, just steps away from the main sites and attractions of the Old Town.

For a more nature-focused adventure, try stand up paddle boarding at Laguna Condado, or go diving or snorkeling in the Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge.

Sandy beach in Tortola


In Tortola, you’ll find plenty of shopping, delicious food, and local culture to take in at Wickams Cay in Road Town, just adjacent to the cruise terminal. Sun-seekers will love Smuggler’s Cove, a beautiful quiet beach in the Lower Belmont Bay along Tortola’s western coast. Don’t miss a tour of Tortola’s historic Callwood Distillery, believed to date back to the mid 1700s, and continuously operated by the Callwood family since the late 1800s. This family-run distillery is still operational today, and its rum makes for the perfect gift to take back home to friends and family.

View of St. Maarten from the water

St. Maarten

On the island of St. Maarten, you’ll find some of the best dining, shopping, and Dutch-inspired art, architecture, and culture anywhere in the Caribbean. Take a thrilling ride down the Flying Dutchman, the world’s steepest zipline located at the Rockland Estate eco adventure park.

Then, relax and recharge your energy at Mullet Bay Beach, a sun-soaked white sand sanctuary with options for snorkeling, windsurfing, and places to eat just a few minutes’ walk away.

Bahamas, Mexico & Grand Cayman

Calm waters of Atlantis Resort in Bahamas

Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas

From the port city of Nassau to the unspoiled beaches of Grand Cayman, or the sunny Mexican island of Cozumel, you’ll experience vacation bliss at its finest on this voyage.

In Nassau, take a culinary tour of the old town where you can savor delicious Bahamian flavors, sample authentic spiced rum, and eat like a local. Walk up the majestic Queen’s Staircase, carved out of solid limestone over 200 years ago to honor Great Britain’s Queen Victoria, surrounded by lush tropical flora.

Try your luck at the Baha Mar Casino, then shop at one of Nassau’s bustling artisan markets for handmade straw gifts, silver, and local art before heading back on board.

Tulum Mayan Ruins in Cozumel

Tulum in Cozumel, Mexico

Explore the many Mayan ruins in Cozumel, where indigenous history has been brilliantly preserved for thousands of years. Take a swim in the Cenote Chaak Tun, one of many beautiful underground sinkholes created over time by erosion, and now popular places to dive, swim, and explore local underground geology.

End your stay in Cozumel with a traditional Cochinita Pibil slow-roasted pork sandwich, or take a taco class and tequila tasting for a tasty memory of Mexico.

Family sightseeing from Cayman Turtle Center

Cayman Turtle Center, Grand Cayman

One of the best places to cruise in January is the island of Grand Cayman. Here you can immerse yourself in the outdoor exhibits at Cayman Turtle Center, where you’ll learn about these gentle sea creatures up close.

Paddle a kayak in the warm waters off Grand Cayman’s West Bay, then stroll along the famous Seven Mile Beach to catch the first colors of sunset before making your way back on board.

The Galapagos Islands

People on an excursion in Bartolome Island, Galapagos

Bartolome Island, Galapagos

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. This is a unique destination that combines unprecedented natural access to one of the world’s most remote places with luxury, style, and comfort provided for you during every day at sea.

Cruise between these volcanic islands on one of four itineraries aboard one of our superbly equipped expedition ships, including those in Celebrity’s fleet that are designed specifically for Galapagos cruises.

Beautiful gray and white Darwin's finches in Galapagos

Darwin’s finches in Galapagos

Watch giant tortoises, which 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 prehistoric-looking iguanas. Get a first-hand look at animals and plants found nowhere else in the world on your January cruise.

Our all-inclusive cruises to the Galapagos include shore excursions guided by a team of expert naturalists, as well as everything you’ll need on board.

Puerto Rico, St. Thomas & St. Kitts

Peaceful beach of Isla Verde in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Isla Verde in San Juan, Puerto Rico

The islands of Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and St. Kitts are perfect paradise getaways for January cruises. You’ll find warm weather, pristine white sand beaches, colonial charm, and world-class dining and shopping at each of these fabulous January destinations.

Puerto Rico offers a unique history that you can experience as you tour old Spanish forts, lush beaches, and the brightly colored buildings of Old San Juan. Take a day trip to El Yunque National Forest, one of Puerto Rico’s most stunning and biodiverse sites anywhere on the island and the only tropical rainforest in the US National Forest system.

For some more adventures in town take a walk through San Juan’s Calle del Cristo, where shopping, art galleries, and local rum bars await you at every step.

Lush landscape of Mount Liamuiga

Mt. Liamuiga, St. Kitts

In St. Kitts, swim in crystal blue Caribbean waters, then take in breathtaking views as you enjoy a scenic railway ride around the dormant Mt. Liamuiga volcano. Soak up the sun in the golden sands of Cockleshell Beach, located in a beautifully sheltered bay towards the southern end of the island.

Tour a local sugarcane plantation by jeep, or go on a nature safari through the lush, rolling green hills surrounding St. Kitts’ famous volcano. Before boarding your ship, be sure to taste some salt fish and dumplings, a local favorite that is easy to find at any of the many eateries in and around the cruise port.

Aerial view of Charlotte Amalie

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

In St. Thomas, head to Honeymoon Beach on Water Island where you can snorkel with sea turtles, or simply sit back and sunbathe as you sip on a freshly made daiquiri. Browse the island’s boutiques, luxury stores, and duty-free shopping centers in Charlotte Amalie.

See the spoils from sunken ships and precious artifacts at the Pirates Treasure Museum, where you can also purchase unique gifts like Spanish coins and silver sextants. Wrap up your St. Thomas adventure with a delicious mango smoothie or walnut rum cake from Gladys’ Cafe, a local favorite on the island.

Celebrity Flora ship exterior

Celebrity Flora

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