When the temperatures dip below freezing and you find yourself dreaming of summer, that’s when you know it’s time for a cruise. It’s especially easy to give in to the allure of a sunny sailing if you’re bound to be buried in mounds of snow.
While you might pay a premium to cruise on some ships this time of year, the trade-off of being in warmer climates and basking in the sun is worth it. Still, there are plenty of affordable choices available while school is in session. Even after New Year’s Day, when the celebrations cease and the hectic holiday travel season is over, the options seem endless, and some of the least expensive bookings tend to come up for grabs in early January.
However, if you do decide to cruise during the holidays, don’t worry about missing all the holiday cheer at home. Many top cruise lines decorate their ships for the season and have special onboard activities. Plus, there is plenty of holiday fun to be had when you realize the crowd is more sophisticated, it's less noisy, and there are many ways to catch up on much-needed rest and relaxation. From fewer crowds to cheaper prices, here’s why winter is the best time for you to take a cruise.