If the words “cruise vacation” make you think of a tropical getaway, remember that cruise ships can also take you to cooler climes. If you would love to enjoy a cool breeze as you stroll the deck and admire the view, these cruise destination ideas are for you.
Alaska. The coastline of the 49th state is gorgeous, with glaciers, northern rainforests, diverse wildlife, and vibrant local cultures. Explore the historic ports or go hiking, fishing, or dog sledding.
Antarctica. A cruise is really the only way to become one of the few who have seen the amazing White Continent. You can view polar wildlife, icy peaks, impressive glaciers, and jagged icebergs.
Baltic Sea. Cruise ports on the Baltic Sea include the Scandinavian capitals of Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Helsinki, as well as historic Tallinn, Estonia, which looks like the backdrop for a fairy tale.
Chile. A cruise of Southwestern Chile’s Lake District will take you to majestic fjords, snow-capped volcanos, and crystal-clear lakes. Watch for penguins, condors, and sea lions.
Greenland and Iceland. Cruising these northern islands is like visiting another world; their remote, pristine, and beautiful landscapes speak to the adventurer within.
New England and Maritime Canada. Take a fall cruise to enjoy cool temperatures with news of colorful leaves along the shore. As you sail, you may see humpback, finback, and minke whales.
Norway. Norway is famous for its breathtaking fjords and welcoming villages. By night, you might see the shifting colors of the Northern Lights in the sky.
Scotland. Rugged and romantic, Scotland brims with mountainous beauty and thrilling history. To stay warm, you can sip a fine single-malt whisky while taking in the view.
If one (or more) of these cool destinations sounds intriguing, remember:
Most cool-weather cruise ports are open for about half the year: May through October in the Northern Hemisphere, and November through April in the Southern Hemisphere.
When you cruise to a cool destination, you’ll need to bring warmer clothes, which require more packing space than tank tops and shorts. To help keep luggage to a minimum, select items that you can layer on cooler days.
Make your cruise plans and reservations as far in advance as you can. In addition to cooler weather, cruises to these destinations offer cool, outside-the-norm experiences; that’s why they tend to fill quickly. For more advice and assistance with reservations, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.
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