If you find yourself daydreaming of tropical beaches and sunny skies during the frigid winter months, escape the cold on one of the best winter cruises to unforgettable destinations across the globe.
In the winter, our ships transition from seasonal locations like Alaska and Europe to sunny locales in the Caribbean and Southern Hemisphere. Luckily, this means you have even more cruise ships and itineraries to choose from during the winter months.
Here are the best winter cruises that will warm you up in no time.
For a quick, sun-soaked Caribbean adventure, cruise to Cozumel, Mexico.
Start your cruise in fabulous Miami, Florida where you can indulge in some of the best restaurants, shopping, and nightlife anywhere in the United States. Tour the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens to learn about local architecture and history, then dine on South Beach’s Española Way before heading off to your ship.
At sea, you’ll have plenty to do to while away long, sunny days. Toast friends both new and old at the Rendezvous Lounge with a glass of fine champagne. Catch a sunset on the Rooftop Terrace, or a sunrise before spending the day at the pool. Families will love the Camp at Sea program, with over 500 activities available for kids.
For the ultimate in luxury, book The Retreat. At The Retreat, you’ll find suites that rival five-star hotels, private dining at Luminae, and exclusive amenities that only Celebrity offers.
Cozumel, MexicoThe bustling little port of Cozumel, Mexico’s dreamy island in the Caribbean, offers a little bit of everything. Lounge all day in the sun with a book on a pristine beach, where the sparkling turquoise water is always refreshing.
Dive over one of its crystal-clear reefs and discover an underwater world full of stingrays, sea turtles, and exotic fish. For a truly unforgettable day in port, head to the nearby Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, where you’ll walk among ancient temples and pyramids that date back to 600 A.D.
2: Aruba, Bonaire, & Curacao
Head further south on a cruise to the ABC Islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. These three islands have the highest percentage of sunny days per year in all of the Caribbean, and you can easily spend your entire time at port lounging on pristine white sand beaches, gazing at the aquamarine water.
It’s no surprise that Aruba is one of the best winter cruise destinations for travelers. Enjoy the happy island’s idyllic beaches of powdery white sand, turquoise water, and seaside bars.
Walk around the capital of Oranjestad and browse the quaint shops, or head on an ATV adventure through the rugged landscape of the island’s interior.
In Bonaire, admire the pink flamingos, the island’s national bird, and discover why it’s known as a diver’s paradise after swimming in the coral reefs teeming with wildlife.
And while the beautiful beaches of Curaçao will be hard to step away from, no stop in the Dutch island is complete without a stroll past the colorful gabled buildings of Willemstad’s waterfront.
3: Eastern Caribbean
The Eastern Caribbean has long been on the list for cruisers who love island hopping, sun-soaked beaches, and a variety of different cultures to discover. These 10-night Eastern Caribbean cruises depart from Tampa, Florida.
Visit the famous colonial corners of Old San Juan, where Spanish-built fortresses meet Puerto Rican charm, cafecitos, and enticing Caribbean rum cocktails. See a cricket match in St. Kitts, or set off to a beautiful nature hike in nearby Nevis.
Snorkel in the turquoise blue waters of St. Maarten and St. Thomas, or soak up the sun on their pristine white sand beaches. In Nassau, shop at the Straw Market where you’ll find handmade gifts that are perfect to take back with you to Tampa, as you round out this fascinating tour of the Eastern Caribbean islands.
4: The Galapagos
The Galapagos Islands is an archipelago off the coast of Ecuador filled with breathtaking nature and wildlife. Visiting these islands is one of the best winter cruises to take, thanks to its year-round mild weather.
Marvel at the Galapagos tortoises, which can live to be over 100 years old. Snorkel alongside seals, and see the birds that helped shape Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Enjoy the surreal landscapes from vantage points on both land and at sea. For an especially luxurious viewing experience, sail on Celebrity Flora, which was designed exclusively for sailing the Galapagos.
5: Western Caribbean
On a Western Caribbean cruise, you’ll see the best of Central America’s Caribbean coastline, and the abundant beauty of the Bahamas all on one incredible trip. This Western Caribbean cruise is seven nights long, and starts in fabulous Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
From ancient Mayan ruins in Cozumel and Costa Maya, to fresh ceviche and deep diving in Roatan, tropical thrills and adventure await you.
On board your luxurious Celebrity ship, you’ll find everything you need and more for the ultimate travel experience. Visit The Spa for a luxurious massage before dining at Tuscan Grille or gazing out over the ship’s wake with a cocktail from the al fresco Sunset Bar.
6: Southern Caribbean
On an Ultimate Southern Caribbean cruise, winter means white sand beaches, tropical cocktails, splashing in the sea, and exciting excursions and amenities at every turn. This 10-night cruise leaves from Ft. Lauderdale and takes you to world-class destinations with four fun-filled days at sea.
Get a unique and up-close look at jets as they roar just over your head at Maho Beach (“Jet Blast Beach”), right next to the airport in St. Maarten. In St. Lucia, tour a former sugar mill, then in St. Kitts, shop at the famed Caribelle Batik authentic artisan gifts.
In Barbados, take nature watching to a thrilling new level with a 4×4 safari into the Barbados Wildlife Reserve to see species native only to the island. Swim with the stingrays in St. Thomas before boarding the ship for two more luxurious days at sea on Celebrity Silhouette before heading home.
7: Key West, Belize, & Grand Cayman
See the best of Belize, Key West, and Grand Cayman on a seven-night winter cruise that’s sure to delight and excite you. Your first stop is boho Key West, where you can explore the popular bars, historic homes, and museums on Duval St. and Mallory Square. Go dolphin spotting, or take an educational tour of the famous Shipwreck Museum.
After a relaxing day at sea, you’ll visit Mexico’s Costa Maya and Cozumel, where you can explore incredibly preserved Mayan ruins, have a cocktail at a swim-up bar, and check out one of the many popular shopping districts at either port. Don’t miss a trip to the stunning Sian Kaʼan Biosphere Reserve near Tulum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its natural beauty.
Sail away to Belize, where you’ll be immersed in nature when you take a river boat tour to spot local howler monkeys, crocodiles, and hundreds of indigenous bird species. Then, refresh yourself with a mango smoothie as you explore local jade markets, and tour the historic city center before boarding your ship for the next adventure.
Your last stop on this fabulous winter cruise is the classic port town of Nassau in the Bahamas. Here you’ll find bustling commercial street markets, delicious local fish restaurants, and incredible diving and snorkeling opportunities nearby. Make sure to stop by Aquaventure, for family-friendly water park thrills, as you close out your memorable seven-night cruise.
8: Puerto Rico, Tortola, & St. Maarten
Get your share of sunshine and relaxation on a cruise to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. In historic San Juan, visit historic fortresses, wander the cobblestoned steps of the old city center, and savor delicious Latin American food and drinks such as mofongo and mojitos.
When you cruise to the British Virgin Islands, you’ll stop in Tortola, which promises a long, lazy day on white sand under the palm trees. If you feel like being a little more active, you can head to nearby Jost Van Dyke or Virgin Gorda on a day excursion, where there are plenty of excellent diving sites for avid snorkelers and scuba divers to enjoy.
While in St. Maarten, if you’re a foodie, you’ll love sampling the French, Creole, Dutch, and Caribbean cuisine available on this multicultural island which is known for its many classy restaurants.
9: Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, & St. Kitts
In Old San Juan, take a rum tour at the world-famous Bacardi headquarters, and spice up your day in port before investigating the city’s shopping and food delicacies. Next, learn about local art and culture at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, where you can experience both the pre-Spanish and post-Spanish creative impact that art has had on the island.
As you arrive in St. Thomas on this seven-night winter cruise, you’ll be greeted by the gorgeous shoreline of Charlotte Amelie. Visit the entertaining Pirates Treasure museum, where you can learn about the island’s pirating history with hands-on, interactive experiences. End your stay at Magens Bay Beach, a serene natural cove surrounded by low hills.
Round out your winter cruise adventure in St. Kitts, where colonial traditions meet modern Caribbean style, all within reach of some of the region’s best beaches. Shop for hand-made batik clothing in the markets at Independence Square. Take a tour over to Nevis, where you’ll find hiking, scuba diving, and unprecedented views from atop Nevis Peak.
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