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Winter is coming…and even if you live somewhere that gets a milder winter, there’s no denying the appeal of tropical islands or countries south of the equator that are currently celebrating summer during these North America winter months. Do you have your winter getaway planned yet? If not, here are some places to set off to for a blissful and relaxing cruise this winter – some of these places you might not expect to be able to cruise to so get ready to start daydreaming about some exotic cruise destinations.

Australia and New Zealand Cruises

While North America is hunkering down for winter, the South Pacific countries of Australia and New Zealand are basking in their summer. Though geographically close to each other, you’ll find Australia and New Zealand are quite different and makes it interesting to do a cruise to the region when you can effortlessly visit both countries, from the tropical wonderland of northeast Australia to the lush wildness of New Zealand’s South Island; and don’t forget about the Great Barrier Reef, vibrant Sydney (Australia’s capital), gorgeous Wellington (New Zealand’s capital), and the beautiful wine regions and beaches in driving distance of several of the cruise ports on a New Zealand and Australia cruise. Here are a few itineraries to check out this winter that visit New Zealand and Australia.

For those of you that want to spend time in both countries, this 14-night Auckland to Sydney cruise visits eight ports in New Zealand and three in Australia.

If New Zealand is your main focus this New Zealand Cruise (that sails roundtrip from Sydney) travels all the way around the country from the northern tip of the North Island and down and around the less-visited bottom curve of the South Island with many port stops along the way.

Looking to explore the amazing beaches and water of Australia? Then you’ll love the Great Barrier Reef Cruise that sails around the eastern and northern coast of Australia this winter.

South America Cruises

Another area south of the equator you can travel to and take advantage of a flip-flopped summer in this winter is South America. While Panama Canal cruises are often well touted, did you know you can also cruise to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Chile, and even Antarctica?

This special Brazil-focused cruise sails around the country plus has an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, Argentina. To make it even more exciting and memorable, this cruise coincides with Brazil’s famous and festive Carnaval celebration.

Want to visit all seven continents in your lifetime? This South America cruise departs from Argentina and takes you all the way to Schollart Channel, Paradise Bay, and Elephant Island in Antarctica, before heading onto the Falkland Islands and back north to Uruguay and Argentina. Explore the western side of South America on this 15-night cruise that takes you from Fort Lauderdale all the way to Chile with stops in Panama, Ecuador, and Peru along the way.

Caribbean Winter Cruises

Then there is the glorious Caribbean. If you’re looking for a tropical island vacation to escape the winter cold, it’s hard to go wrong with the Caribbean. With dozens of islands that vary greatly in look and culture, there is an island that is the right fit for everyone. If you can’t decide between all those lovely islands, a cruise is a perfect way to go, as you’ll stop at several different islands. While in port, head to a beach to lounge on or partake in an adventurous shore excursion like ziplining over rainforest canopies, off-roading through jungles, or snorkeling in clear turquoise water.

Visit some of the Eastern and Southern Caribbean’s most beloved islands on this 7-night Caribbean cruise, that includes stops in Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas. You’ll also start and end your cruise in Puerto Rico, meaning an ideal opportunity to take a couple extra days to explore charming San Juan and its surrounding beaches.

For those who want to experience the South Caribbean, but depart from mainland USA, there’s the 14-night Exotic Southern Caribbean Cruise itinerary that leaves from Miami, Florida, and does a roundtrip cruise to St. Maarten, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, and Barbados plus the extra sunny islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. (Aruba is particular is known for its more arid – rare for Caribbean islands!)

Want to leave from Florida and explore the Caribbean, but only have one week for your vacation? Check out the western Caribbean cruise itineraries that don’t have to travel as far from Florida embarkation ports, including this one that stops in Key West, Florida; Cozumel, Mexico; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Falmouth, Jamaica; before returning to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Does one of these winter cruises sound appealing? Hurry and book! Winter will be here before you know it and prime staterooms for some of these cabins are already selling out. To book, visit Celebrity Cruises or speak with your travel agent.

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