Feeling some winter blues? If frigid temperatures and gloomy winter skies are getting you down, escape the ice and frost and find some turquoise blue water and sunshine. It’s not too late to book a winter escape and a last minute cruise vacation is a great way to do so.
Last Minute Winter Cruises to North America Hot Spots
You don’t have to travel too far to get to a cruise ship that will whisk you away to sunny skies and warmer weather. Two excellent options? The Caribbean and Hawaii.
Tropical Bliss in the Caribbean
The Caribbean is a tropical oasis for many people worn down by the winter gloom and dropping temperatures. For those looking for a deal, you’re in luck – there are many Celebrity Cruises sailings to the Caribbean each winter, meaning ample opportunity to snag a great rate on a last minute sailing.
Celebrity Cruises sails to the Caribbean from ports in Florida, making for easy flights, or if you want to maximize your time in the Caribbean, you can choose an itinerary that departs from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
After choosing your departure port, there is more fun to be had planning out your trip by choosing what ports you want your cruise to visit.
Consider heading to the beautiful, lively islands of the Eastern Caribbean for a memorable tropical vacation you won’t forget. There you’ll find duty-free shopping and water sports galore in St. Maarten, and gorgeous beaches like Magens Bay in St. Thomas, plus other exciting island ports of call. Here are a few itineraries to get your last minute vacation planning started.
To see all last minute Caribbean sailings, click here.
Sun, Sand, and Surf Excitement in Hawaii
One of the first questions anyone asks when you say you’re going to Hawaii is: Which island? Well, think how neat it would be to be able to reply that you’re going to…several of them! A cruise around the islands of Hawaii makes that possible.
Celebrity Cruises typically departs from Los Angeles, California, or Vancouver, British Columbia, and sails to Hawaii. Along the way you’ll get a couple relaxing days at sea to explore your ship, pamper yourself with spa treatments, and dine on gourmet cuisine. Once you reach Hawaii, you’ll visit several ports, which may include Honolulu, Oahu; Lahaina, Maui; and Hilo, Hawaii.
Spend your time in port snorkeling with sea turtles, hiking to waterfalls, visiting coffee farms, and attending luaus – or just hang out on a sandy beach and take a swim in the warm ocean.
To see last minute Hawaii sailings, click here.
Last Minute Winter Cruises to…Summer?
The Caribbean and Hawaii are common destinations that pop into the mind of residents in North America when it comes to getting away somewhere warm during the winter months…but, guess what? It’s not winter everywhere! Head to the southern hemisphere where residents are having their summer fun right now. Some popular cruise escapes in the Southern Hemisphere are Australia and New Zealand sailings and South America itineraries.
Southern Hemisphere Summer Wonders
Australia and New Zealand are two neighboring countries in the South Pacific that are known for gorgeous coastline, outdoor adventures, and cosmopolitan cities.
You can get away from the winter cold to the gorgeous beaches of Australia or explore New Zealand’s impressive national parks.
If you’re flying all the way down to the South Pacific from the U.S. it might make sense to visit both countries, but that’s not as hassle-free as it may sound. You’ll have to pay for extra flights between the countries and figure out transportation around each country. An easy way to avoid those potential travel headaches is to visit both countries on a cruise.
Celebrity Cruises has a number of cruise itineraries that visit both Australia and New Zealand. If you’re looking for sandy beaches and ocean sports, choose an itinerary that has lots of stops along the east coast of Australia, which is home to Bondi Beach and the Great Barrier Reef. City lovers will enjoy an itinerary that stops in Wellington and Auckland in New Zealand, and Sydney and Brisbane in Australia. Those looking for wild, nature-filled scenery will enjoy a cruise that visit Australia’s less visited western region and explore the ports of Perth and Adelaide; or take a cruise that focuses on New Zealand’s South Island, known for fjords, glaciers, and an abundance of hiking trails.
To see last minute cruises to Australia and New Zealand, click here.
Iconic South America Experiences
While all the countries in South America are having their summer while North America is having its winter, if you’re looking for a tropical vibe, pick a cruise itinerary that sails closer to the equator, such as a Panama Canal cruise that also stops at ports in Mexico and Central America. For itineraries that feature major cities, look into an itinerary that visits Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil, or Buenos Aires and Puerto Madryn in Argentina.
Click here for last minute Panama Canal cruises and click here for last minute cruises to other regions in South America.
Animal and nature lovers will enjoy a winter getaway to the Galapagos Islands, though be advised, it’s going to be slim pickings of stateroom options – if any are left – for last minute cruises to the Galapagos as Galapagos itineraries tend to sell out early. If your preferred dates to the Galapagos are sold out, consider booking next year’s vacation now – you can then even choose to sail on Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship for the Galapagos, Celebrity Flora, after it debuts in May 2019.
To browse last-minute cruises to the Galapagos Islands, click here.
Last Minute Flights to Your Winter Cruise
You’ll have to do some research to find some good deals for last minute flights to these destinations, but Celebrity Cruises is here to help. Flights by Celebrity provides a convenient, hassle-free way to book your flight and it comes with a Lowest Airfare Guarantee. How does that work? Well, Flights by Celebrity focuses on three Ps: Price, Points, and Protection.
Price: The Lowest Airfare Guarantee gives you peace of mind to just book your flight and not worry about finding a lower price immediately after. If you find a lower price for your flight within 24 hours of booking, you’ll be given 110% of the price difference in the form of onboard credit, which you can use during your cruise for specialty restaurants, shore excursions, drinks, and more.
Points: You’re also able to choose whichever airline you want with Flights by Celebrity, meaning if you have a loyalty account with a particular airline, you’ll still accrue points for your flights to and from your cruise.
Protection: Flights by Celebrity also protects your vacation investment by ensuring your arrival to the ship. If there are any flight interruptions, delays, or cancellations that affect your flight, you can rest assured that Celebrity Cruises’ Emergency Travel Team will be available day or night to assist. In the event of a disruption to your flight, they will work with their airline partners to get you on the next available scheduled flight in the same class of service.
For the terms and conditions of the Lowest Airfare Guarantee and other information about Flights by Celebrity, click here.
With all the ease of planning and booking your vacation that Celebrity Cruises provides, what are you waiting for to plan a last minute getaway? Click here to book your cruise and start daydreaming about sunshine and warmth.