For many people, Christmas is one of the most exciting times of the year. A time for decorating trees, buying gifts, receiving presents and singing songs filled with yuletide joy. There are lots of things to be happy about at Christmas-time but, unfortunately, the weather is not one of them. The British winter is notoriously bitter and snow is expected at some point almost every year, which can often be disruptive and annoying, rather than fun and exciting, for people all over the country. Whilst some folks may wish to stay in their homes and grumble about the weather, more and more people are choosing to escape the cold winter blues with a warm winter cruise to exotic destinations, where Christmas can be spent soaking up the sun instead of shivering in the cold. This blog will discuss some of the best locations across the world at which to enjoy your Christmas relaxing on a sun-soaked beach.
The Indonesian island of Bali boasts a fantastic warm and humid winter climate as well as a collection of beautiful beaches stretching along its vast coastline. Visitors will also experience the region’s vibrant and friendly local culture, from bustling, built-up districts filled with great entertainment, to remote and peaceful locations found all over the island. Many Far and Middle East cruises will call at the port of Bali, allowing winter cruisers the opportunity to spend their Christmas in this colourful part of the world, where the sun-drenched and stunning natural landscape is sure to cure any winter blues.
There are 365 different beaches on the Caribbean island of Antigua, one for each day of the year. Visitors to this exotic destination therefore have an incredible choice of coastal locations at which to spend their Christmas. Antigua and the rest of the Caribbean is famous for its laid-back ambience and warm, welcoming atmosphere, offering many secluded and quiet spots for visitors to spend a private Christmas with their family and friends. Most importantly, of course, the winter weather on Antigua and across the Caribbean is wonderfully warm. Sunshine is expected throughout the yuletide season on this spectacular island, making it a great place to get away from the inevitable British winter chill.
In the city of Darwin, located in the Northern Territory of Australia, December temperatures often exceed 30°C and snow at Christmas in unheard of. The city is also home to a variety of excellent beaches and scenic coastline. Although these beaches may get busy, they are a fantastic place to soak up the sun or cool off in the clean ocean waters, when friends and family back home are wrapping up warm and cranking up the central heating in their homes. Australia also celebrates Christmas in style, so visitors can experience everything that they associate with the festive season back home, whilst enjoying Darwin’s beautifully sunny climate as they open their gifts on Christmas morning.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town’s unique geography means that visitors can visit several different beaches along the coastline of South Africa in a single day. The region also boasts superb hot climate throughout December, creating an ideal winter cruise destination. Visitors to the city in December can choose to enjoy unorthodox Christmas activities such as scuba diving or wildlife hikes, to make a change from the often tedious and predictable Christmas routine. Why spend the winter months struggling for warmth when you can take a South Africa cruise and relax in the sun for the entire Christmas period?
A winter cruise to Thailand will provide a truly unique Christmas experience. The country is famous for its exotic scenery, crystal clear ocean waters and copious sandy beaches, not to mention its year-round tropical climate. Visitors can wake up on Christmas morning and open their presents outside, admiring the beautiful natural surroundings. Why not go for a swim in the ocean before Christmas dinner to work up an appetite or relax on the beach instead of in front of the television?
Winter cruises calling at many of these fabulous locations are available through cruise companies including Royal Caribbean and P&O Cruises. Brits can stop complaining about the awful winter weather ruining your Christmas and spend the festive season voyaging to some of the world’s warmest and most exotic winter destinations.