Warm Your Bones with Top 5 Winter Cruise Destinations

Warm Your Bones with Top 5 Winter Cruise Destinations

You might be gearing up for the first snowfall or decorating for the holidays, but warmer weather might also be on your mind. Short days and cold nights often make vacation daydreaming a habit during the winter. You can make your winter a bit shorter by jetting out to the best cruise destinations in the world.

Ideally, you must head south for more sunlight and warm-weather activities. Warm your bones and relax your mind with these top 5 winter cruise destinations.

1. The Panama Canal

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 It’s a must to visit the Panama Canal at least once in your lifetime. This engineering marvel literally links the Atlantic and Pacific oceans for rapid cargo transport. Your cruise can take you right through this canal, so you can see all of the locks that lift and drop ships by using appropriate water levels to move huge vessels across the canal.

In fact, you can share this experience with friends who aren’t even on the ship. Today’s cruise ship technology includes satellite Internet. For a small fee, you can connect with your device or an on-board computer to send pictures and video to friends as you pass through the Panama Canal.

Even go further with your canal adventure and visit Panama on foot. You’ll marvel at their amazing wildlife as you enjoy a hike or other adventure guided by local companies.

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2. Rio de Janeiro and Beyond

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Even further south from Central America is Brazil’s gorgeous Rio de Janeiro. Many cruise lines visit this area because of its dramatic hillsides, architecture and friendly atmosphere. In fact, this city may be just one stop on several cruise itineraries around South America.

Other cruises head out to Buenos Aires, Argentina and even down to the Falkland Islands. Experience warmer climates along South America’s tip, but also take a peek at elephant seals and Emperor penguins as they enjoy their summertime closer to the South Pole. These animals are often further north than most people realize.

You don’t have to experience the cold poles to see some penguins frolicking in the ocean. To entertain you between South American ports, it’s even possible to have access to the cruise ship’s intranet that offers immediate confirmation of every shipboard activity with the click of your device.

3. The Mexican Riviera

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 Experience Mexico from a different perspective than the Yucatan that’s found on the Caribbean side of the country. The Mexican Rivera extends along the West Coast between Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta in most cases. Take a cruise down from California and pass the Tropic of Cancer to really feel that warm weather setting in.

You won’t lose your luggage either because of convenient tracking tags added to each bag as you check in. Cruise ship technology complements your adventure as you experience different adventures, tours, shopping and even food types along the way. Take advantage of local tour guides to immerse yourself in the Mexican culture where you can learn about tortilla creation and other delicacies.

Don’t forget your swimsuits either because Cabo San Lucas offers some of the most beautiful waters for snorkeling, diving and recreational swimming too.

4. Hawaii

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 Hawaii is a unique cruising destination because you have several days of being at sea exclusively. Ships must cruise out of the West Coast, so four to five days of being at sea are normal. You can spend that time relaxing, reading and enjoying all of the ship’s amenities.

When you arrive in Hawaii, you’ll usually visit three or four different islands before heading back to the continental United States. Be sure to leave the ship as soon as possible at each island location to see the most of Hawaii.

Each island offers its own tourist attractions, including beach life and exciting surfing. Cruise ship personnel can always plan your day for you to get the most out of the trip.

5. Australia

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Going “down under” is a classic way to escape the Northern Hemisphere winter. Cruises are perfect for this area because of all of the coastline’s features. The most popular destination is normally the Great Barrier Reef. Although cruise ships can’t access the Reef with their large vessels, smaller boats can take visitors closer to all of the wildlife.

Snorkel and dive among some of the most unusual creatures in the world. Hop back onto the cruise ship and visit other distinct Australian locations.

Even visit the famous Outback where you can take day trips with locals who know where all of the indigenous wildlife reside. From kangaroos to crocodiles, Australia has a host of different animals to please almost everyone on the cruise.
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According to Trip Advisor, a huge 43 percent of winter travelers in 2014 were merely trying to escape their everyday cold weather for a short time period. In fact, the time is ripe to start that vacation planning now, so that winter can be complete with one getaway to an exotic locale. Shorts and t-shirts should be the only uniform required on these winter trips.

For amazing deals on these, and more cruises, visit http://www.lastminutecruises.com/cruise-deals/ and find winter getaways for as little as $219.

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