It's that time of the year again. The clocks are turned back, the days get shorter and colder and the winter blues are on the horizon. Now is the time to start planning something to get you through the colder months- and a cruise is the perfect solution. You are on holiday from the moment you step onboard, and will be in warmer temperatures by the time you wake up the day after embarkation. It's easy, relaxing and a great way to shake off your cabin fever. The best part? Our Rainy Day Sale fares will get you there for much less.
Why not escape with your favourite cruising partner in 2015? There are medically proven benefits to the vitamin D gained with a little sun, so use your health as an excuse and book a cruise for June, July or August. Although there are fewer ships Down Under during the off-season, there are still many options for a winter getaway on the big blue.
The period between May and October is often considered the best month to cruise in the South Pacific- although slightly cooler, it is still pleasantly warm and is also overall much drier than the hotter months. Southeast Asia is also warm year-round, with dry periods in the southerly countries during June, July and August, and in the Northern Hemisphere summer is heating up just as winter gets started down under.
For cruisers looking for a quiet getaway, we recommend avoiding the school holidays which vary from state to state but all fall somewhere between the 20th of June and the 19th of July. During that time period, ships tend to be full of children- so if you prefer a more mature crowd, aim for early June, late July or August. Here are some destination ideas- and once you know where you would like to go and when, you can take advantage of Cruise Sale Finder's easy search engine to find the perfect itinerary at a great price.
The South Pacific is the top of the list for wintertime cruises. It ticks all the boxes- close by, tropical, lots of beaches and there are no shortage of sailings there from Australian ports! Most itineraries take in two or three Melanesian destinations in around a week. In New Caledonia, ports include capital city Noumea, the small but lovely Isle of Pines, and Lifou or Mare in the Loyalty Islands group. In Vanuatu, ships call in to uninhabited Mystery Island or the gorgeous Champagne Bay on Espiritu Santo- Port Vila is also a cruise port but has recently been closed to visitors after Cyclone Pam. Cruise visits have already recommenced, indicating that the spirited, resilient city should make a complete comeback on cruise itineraries by the time winter arrives.
Longer cruises might also head across to Fiji, where Suva, Port Denarau and striking Dravuni Island frequently welcome visiting cruise passengers. These itineraries last up to two weeks, making them a lengthy break away from the winter cold at home.
Go north for the winter
If long-haul flights are in the budget, a cruise in the Mediterranean or Caribbean would provide all the vitamin D you could need, especially in our winter which corresponds to their summer. During June, July and August, cruising season is in full swing over there, so there is no shortage of options.
The USA's major cruising market is the Caribbean. Depart Florida or Los Angeles for a sojourn in the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos, and more island nations across the region.
Over in Europe, the Mediterranean Sea is a holidaymakers paradise. History buffs will love the incredible cities like Barcelona, Rome, Kotor and Athens, and beach bums won't go without either as cruise ports include amazing destinations in the Greek Isles, the French Riviera and Palma.
Cruises from Australia into Asia are becoming more and more common, and they are a welcome addition to the market. A few days are required to reach Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the rest but it is well worth the journey, especially for a seasoned cruiser who wants something a little different.
Popular Asian ports of call include beach resorts in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Thailand, and the fabulous big cities further north- Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City and Manila. Some cruises even go as far north as Japan. Enjoy a bit of the tropics and some of the northern summer in one amazing journey!
Visit our Rainy Day Sale page and find the winter cruise that suits you!