Whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway or hoping to escape the cold winter weather by leisurely sailing off into the sunset for a week or more, Norwegian Cruise Line has you covered. Let's take a look at just some of the Caribbean cruises that are perfect for winter!
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Trade Snow Angels for Sand Angels
Really, the answer is simple. Grab your favorite pair of sandals and sail away on the 7-day Western Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Dawn. If you've never cruised before, this warm weather itinerary would be a great introductory cruise for the whole family to enjoy, or the perfect couples getaway! Ports on this cruise include Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico, Harvest Caye in Belize, and Roatan in Honduras.
Winter Caribbean Cruises from Tampa
There's no shortage of things to see and do on this 7-day itinerary from Tampa, Florida. You'll have the opportunity to explore stunning Mayan ruins including Chichen Itza and Tulum. Try your hand at dolphin training, take a Spanish cooking class or learn all about chocolate right from the cacao bean to the finished product. With tasting, of course.
Go snorkeling or diving along the Caribbean coast. You'll find some amazing dive and snorkel sites as these ports lie along the Mesoamerican Reef, which is the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. If you prefer, spend your port days relaxing on the white sand beaches of The Caribbean.
Winter Caribbean Cruises from New Orleans
Are you located in New Orleans or nearby? You can book the same 7-Day Western Caribbean cruise from New Orleans. This is another great beginner cruise to test the waters. Explore stops in Mexico, Belize, and Honduras and dedicate a few days before and after your cruise to exploring this vibrant departure port.
With this itinerary, you'll also have two days at sea, giving you plenty of time to explore everything Norwegian Breakaway has to offer, including a full-service spa, multiple hot tubs, a casino, and no shortage of onboard shopping. If you are planning to cruise with young ones, they will enjoy all the kids activities, especially the Splash Academy.
From Your Front Door to Island Shores
If you can get away this winter for 7 or 8 days, you've got some choices to make! With 7-day Western Caribbean sailings from Miami, New Orleans, Tampa and Orlando (Port Canaveral), your biggest decision will be which ship to cruise on!
Winter Caribbean Cruises from Miami
Set sail from Miami on a 7-day Caribbean cruise to the Dominican Republic, Virgin Islands, and Bahamas. You'll sail on Norwegian Escape, winner of the best new ship in 2020 by Porthole Cruise Magazine. If you've dreamed of visiting a private island, this cruise is for you! After departing Miami, you'll stop in Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian's private island in the Bahamas. You can enjoy one of Great Stirrup Cay's many exciting adventures, or you can relax on the beach. For the ultimate luxury escape, book a private cabana or villa for the day.
Next, you'll cruise to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Snorkeling and diving are extremely popular year-round activities in the Virgin Islands, but you can explore land-based activities as well. Consider a Tortola Canopy Tour or a driving tour of St. Thomas and Magens Bay. Your final port before returning to Miami is Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. Take a tour that immerses you in Dominican culture, history, and cuisine, or explore iconic sights such as the Damajagua waterfalls.
Breakaway Class cruise ships offer access to The Waterfront open-air promenade where you can stroll along and soak up the ocean air, or stop and sip a drink. Norwegian Getaway offers more than 28 dining options, plus an array of bars including two of my favorites: the Ice Bar, serving Skyy® Vodka, and the lively Sugarcane Mojito Bar.
Winter Caribbean Cruises from San Juan
Have you explored the Southern Caribbean, or are you looking to visit as many ports as possible during your week-long cruise? Consider cruising from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to set sail on a Norwegian Epic 7-day cruise that will take you to Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts.
Diving and snorkeling are popular pastimes here, but there are plenty of other interesting adventures waiting for you. In St. Kitts, hop on the scenic rail tour that will take you around the entire island on a narrow-gauge railroad , or go for a 4x4 rainforest adventure in Bonaire. Wander along the iconic Dutch colonial buildings in Curaçao, or go on a deep-sea diving adventure in St. Lucia.
This is one of my favorite itineraries for the sheer variety of visiting 5 unique countries including Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; Roseau, Dominica; St. John’s, Antigua; and Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Wow! Maybe you could swap out a reindeer for rum??
Get on Island Time in No Time
If you have more time off this winter, consider a longer cruise that lasts anywhere from 9 to 14 days.
Winter Caribbean Cruises from New York
This jam-packed itinerary departs from New York City. Consider booking a tour on the Soualiga Sky Explorer chairlifts in St. Maarten where you can get beautiful island views, relax on the beach in Tortola, snorkel or dive to shipwrecks in St. Thomas, and more. When you get to Grand Turk, take a tour highlighting the island's British and Bermuda roots.
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Where are you headed this winter? We hope you'll join us on a tropical beach somewhere soon! Have you booked a winter cruise escape? Let us know in the comments!
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally published on Jan. 2, 2018. It has been updated to show related itineraries.