Summer’s warmth is here, but it’s never too early to think about escaping December’s chill on a wonderful cruise. A cruise vacation can also be a great way to celebrate the December holidays; consider it a gift to yourself.
So, where should you sail? While there are a variety of destination options, your choice may depend on how much time you have available to cruise. If you have just a few days, there are some “close to home” destinations that may fit. If you have a week, two weeks, or more, there’s a wider array of cruises to choose from.
Close-to-home options include The Bahamas. It’s less than 200 miles from Miami to Nassau, but the soft white sand and turquoise waters of the islands can make you believe you’re much farther away. You can cruise there and back in as little as two or three days or choose a longer cruise that calls on some Caribbean ports, too.
You can also take a short cruise from the West Coast to the warm and beautiful Mexican Riviera. Visit iconic ports along the Pacific coast, such as Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco; a longer cruise can take you to Cabo San Lucas as well. If you sail in December, watch for whales as they migrate from north to south.
If you have a week or more to cruise, there are lots of choices in the Caribbean, including St. Maarten, St. Kitts, and other beautiful islands in the Eastern Caribbean; the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) of the Southern Caribbean; or the Western Caribbean, which features Mexico’s Cozumel, Cancun and Riviera Maya. Whichever you choose, the weather will be like summer.
If you have a bit more time, the Southern Hemisphere offers spectacular destinations. You can sail the Atlantic coast of South America, visiting historic cities like Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay; or the scenic Pacific coast, with ports like Valparaiso, Chile (the capital of Santiago is nearby), and Lima, Peru.
For an adventurous December, visit the amazing wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, including blue-footed boobies and giant tortoises. Or take the cruise of a lifetime to the cold but beautiful continent of Antarctica.
There are even more options for December cruises, including a cruise on the Amazon River, among the islands of the South Pacific, or along the beautiful coastlines of Southeast Asia. For more information on these and other destinations, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.
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