When you think of going on a cruise holiday you might traditionally think of sunning yourself on the deck, cocktail in hand, soaking up the summer rays. However, cruises can offer much more than just your traditional warm weather holiday, here are some great winter cruise destinations and tips for if you are travelling by cruise in winter.
A visit to see the Northern Lights is so high up on my travel bucket list! I think it must be the most amazing thing to see and I really want to take the children to see it too. One of the best ways to see the lights would be to book a Norway cruise. Travel there during March to give yourself the best chance of seeing them. The best thing about cruises is that you also get to see so much more on the way too, and exploring this part of the world is best done when it's cold so you can get an authentic experience!
Yes you can go on a cruise to New York! I think New York in the winter is simply magical. Visit in December and you can get some good Christmas shopping in and see the sights of New York maybe encased in snow! If you have had enough of the cold after that, choose a cruise that sails onto the Caribbean and enjoy a spot of winter sun too.
Cruises around Northern Europe in the winter come under the 'off peak' season which means that you can get some really great value deals. Explore Copenhagen, Denmark, Iceland and Norway and experience their unique history and culture. You can even embark on some great physical experiences such as diving in Iceland - believe it or not the water is 2-4 degrees year round, so winter is no worse than summer! You might have to wrap up warm but you will still be able to take in all the sights and sightseeing is often more enjoyable when the weather is cooler. Quite often you will find cruise itineraries covering Scandinavia and Russia too which is a great option if you wanted to explore further afield. I can imagine that Russia in the winter would be just like out of a story book.
Winter Cruise Tips
Winter cruises can be so much fun but there are a few things that you will want to consider. The good thing about travelling by cruise is that there normally isn't a limit on the baggage that you can bring with you. This means that you can pack all the boots and coats that you like! Just remember to make sure that each piece of luggage is below the weight limit prescribed by your cruise company.
Your cabin choice might also change if you are going on a winter cruise. You probably won't have much need for a balcony but you might want to opt for a larger cabin as you might spend a little more time in there than you would if the weather was warmer and you could use the outside decks. Although I think that normally there is so much to do on a cruise ship, you rarely have any time to spend in your cabin in any event!
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