Six of the best winter departures

Six of the best winter departures

It’s summer now, but as soon as the cold weather hits people will want to sail to warmer climes. Here are some options for a winter getaway

We might be in the middle of a long hot summer now, but as soon as the cold weather hits people will want to sail off to warmer climes. Nathaniel Cramp takes a look at some of the best options for a winter getaway.

River cruise on the Mekong

What? A seven-night cruise with AmaWaterways from My Tho to Cambodia.

Why? This cruise takes in the delights along the magnificent Mekong – including the city of temples at Angkor Wat and the phenomenal city of Phnom Penh – and guests also have the opportunity to add nights in Ho Chi Minh city beforehand and Siem Reap, Hanoi and Ha Long Bay afterwards.

Book it: AmaWaterways’ seven-night Charms of the Mekong, from  on the Danube, from £2,059 per person, departing on December 12, 2022.

Mekong sunrise (Daniel Allen)

Sail the Western Caribbean and Mexico

What? A seven-day cruise round-trip from Galveston

Why? This cruise on the 3.080-passenger Ruby Princess sails to the Mexican paradise island of Cozumel with its dazzling white-sand beaches, ruined Mayan temples, exotic jungle wildlife and crystalline waters. There are further calls at the beautiful Belize City and the unspoilt Honduran island of Roatán, where there are plenty of opportunities for guests to go hiking, snorkelling, or just laze on the beach.

Book it: Princess Cruises’ Seven-Day Western Caribbean with Mexico, from £729 per person, departing on January 8, 2023.

Voyage around South Africa

What? 12 nights round-trip from Cape Town, taking in wine, wildlife and white-sand beaches.

Why? This Azamara Intensive itinerary on Azamara Journey covers all of the highlights of this fascinating country in one go. Beginning and ending in Cape Town it takes in the Cape Winelands, the Donkin Heritage Trail in Port Elizabeth and the white-sand beaches and dunes of the Sunshine and Wild Coasts near East London. If your customers want to see wildlife, their are visits to he Addo Elephant National Park and a safari at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park – home to Africa’s “big five” animals and the largest white rhino population on Earth.

Book it: Azamara’s 12-Night South Africa Intensive Voyage, from £1.809 per person, departs January 3, 2023.

Cruise around the Emirates from Dubai

What? Seven nights around the Emirates and Oman from Dubai

Why? The perfect mix of adventure, luxury and culture, this cruise on the 2,679-passenger MSC Opera sails from Dubai and visits Abu Dhabi for further retail therapy, the mesmerising Muscat, the capital city of Oman that is famed for its souks and seafood, and the haven of Sir Bani Yas Island with its beaches and palm trees.

Book it: MSC Cruises’ seven-night Emirates cruise, from £349 per person, departing December 18, 2022.

Explore the Inca empire and the Peruvian Amazon

What? An 11-day river cruise round-trip from Lima.

Why? This incredible itinerary takes in a guided tour of the cosmopolitan Peruvian capital of Lima, including a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum and a special welcome dinner in an ornate family-owned mansion. Passengers then fly to Cusco and visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas for the ceremonial site of Kenko, the Temple of Sacsayhuaman and the astonishing Machu Picchu. After this, they board the ultra-luxury Delfin III and venture deep into the Amazon jungle in search of elusive wildlife.

Book it: Avalon Waterways’ From the Inca empire to the Peruvian Amazon, from £4967 per person, departing November 27, 2022.

Wildlife: Amazon River Dolphin
An Amazon River Dolphin (Photo by Joachim S. Muller)

Christmas in the Caribbean

What? 11 days round-trip from Fort Lauderdale.

Why? Encourage clients to spend Christmas in the Caribbean aboard the 596-guest Silver Dawn. Departing from Fort Lauderdale in Florida, this itinerary begins with two sea days, before calls at six magical islands. From the riches of Puerto Rico to the utterly gorgeous Virgin Gorda via Saint Barts, Saint Kitts, Dominica and Antigua, it should be a very tempting alternative to last-minute present shopping and endless cooking. The prices are all-inclusive, too, so flights are included as is pretty much everything else.

Book it: Silversea’s All-Inclusive Caribbean Package, from £5700 per person, departing December 16, 2022.

Shirley Heights, Antigua view.

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