4 Cruises You Should Only Take in Winter

If this nasty winter thing is getting to you, a voyage south might be just what you need

There’s no easier way to steer toward the sun than on a cruise. We’ve chosen four sunny sailing favourites you have to try soon.

To Tahiti and beyond

Sharks & Stingrays Encounter

You can be sure of sun, sand and romance if you choose a Paul Gauguin cruise in French Polynesia. This uber-elegant cruise line makes stops on all the dream-worthy islands by day—including Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea—so you can sip cocktails under the palms or swim with friendly schools of stingrays and sharks (we said only the friendly ones!). By night, you’ll be coddled and spoiled with five-star dining and accommodations so elegant you’d be hard pressed to find better ashore.  

Captivated by the Canary Islands

The floral beauty of Madeira

Regent Cruises knows how to do sunshine with flair by sailing you to the starkly beautiful Canary Islands, where you’ll bask on sandy beaches and admire the snow-topped peaks of nearby volcanic mountains. Immerse yourself in the floral beauty of Madeira, stroll black sand shores in La Palma and watch whales and dolphins play near your ship. When it’s time to sail away, you’ll be enveloped in Regent’s over-the-top service, cuisine and stunning ship décor.

Set Sail for Zanzibar

Colourful Zanzibar

Silversea Cruises has a gift for taking guests to some of the least known but most desirable destinations.  Sail the Indian Ocean from Port Louis, Mauritius, to Zanzibar in Tanzania on an 11-day luxury adventure that will include Madagascar ports such as Ambodifotatra, Nosy Mangabe, Nosy Komba Island and Antsiranana, as well as Aldabra in the Seychelles. You’ll be guaranteed the best “bet you’ve never been there” stories at your next cocktail party.  Better yet, you’ll also be able to brag about the five-star Silversea dining, service and gorgeous staterooms. 

The Caribbean you don’t know

While there’s always something to do on the much-loved islands we’ve all visited in the Caribbean, there’s something undeniably exciting about a new destination.  Viking Ocean Cruises is ready to sail you to the sunny shores of the less-travelled British Virgin Islands, so you can see for yourself what attracted pirates like Blackbeard and Captain Kidd. Think sunny spots like Tortola, Virgin Gorda’s tiny paradise of coves, sea caves and rocky basins and remote Jost Van Dyke, where you can unwind on White Bay. Back on board, you’ll enjoy the entertainment, luxurious staterooms and fantastic food that Viking is famous for.