WIN­TER SUN

Al­ready dread­ing those im­mi­nent grey skies and chilly tem­per­a­tures of win­ter? Thank­fully, there’s still time to book a lux­u­ri­ous cruise to sun­nier climes

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CARIBBEAN HOPSCOTCH

Vik­ing Star (vikingcruises.co.uk) sails on a se­ries of 11-day West Indies Ex­plorer cruises, vis­it­ing nine dif­fer­ent coun­tries with a rich mix of Span­ish, Bri­tish, French and Dutch cul­tures. From San Juan in Puerto Rico, the ship calls at Tor­tola in the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands, St Lu­cia, Bar­ba­dos, Guade­loupe and St Martin.

SAIL AWAY

Fully rigged tall ship Star Flyer (star­clip­pers.co.uk) cruises from Havana to Cien­fue­gos in Cuba (and vice versa), with a choice of four-, nine- or 10-night itin­er­ar­ies in De­cem­ber and Jan­uary. The trips in­clude ho­tel stays at ei­ther end and vis­its to the Ca­narreos Archipelago and the Cay­man Is­lands.

SMALL WORLD

Join adults-only Ar­ca­dia (pocruises.com) on 23 Fe­bru­ary for a sec­tor of her world cruise: a 25-nighter from Syd­ney to Sin­ga­pore with ports of call in­clud­ing Bris­bane, the Great Bar­rier Reef, Shang­hai, and Phu My in Viet­nam.

CRUISE AND STAY

Sail­ing from a choice of Caribbean ports, Thom­son (thom­son.co.uk/cruises) has a num­ber of one-week afloat, one-week ashore op­tions. For ex­am­ple, sail on Cel­e­bra­tion from La Ro­mana, vis­it­ing Do­minica, Mar­tinique, St Kitts and Bar­ba­dos, then spend the sec­ond week at the all-in­clu­sive Sen­satori re­sort on Punta Cana.

SOUTH TO THE SUN

Step aboard Cu­nard’s (cu­nard.co.uk) newly re­fit­ted flag­ship, Queen Mary 2, in Southamp­ton on 10 Jan­uary for a 17-night cruise to Madeira, Tener­ife, Namibia and Cape Town. On-board plea­sures in­clude a plan­e­tar­ium, West End shows, and the largest li­brary at sea.

ARA­BIAN NIGHTS

Ex­plore the fu­tur­is­tic sky­line in Abu Dhabi be­fore head­ing to Dubai for New Year’s Eve on board Celebrity Cruises’ (celebri­ty­cruises.co.uk) 14-night Ara­bian Sea & In­dia fly cruise, de­part­ing 18 De­cem­ber. The itin­er­ary en­com­passes Mus­cat in Oman and Cochin in the In­dian state of Ker­ala.

SEAFARING SA­FARI

Crys­tal Sym­phony’s (crys­tal cruises. co.uk) 15-day Jew­els of the In­dian Ocean cruise sails from South Africa to Mau­ri­tius, de­part­ing on 7 Jan­uary, and in­cludes an op­por­tu­nity to jour­ney in­land for a lux­ury sa­fari on one of Africa’s renowned game re­serves.

EASTERN PROMISE

Dis­cover the cul­tural di­ver­sity of In­dochina on board Hol­land Amer­ica’s (hol­lan­damer­ica.com) 15-night Far East Dis­cov­ery cruise. Sail­ing from Sin­ga­pore on 16 Jan­uary, its ports of call in­clude Nathon and Laem Cha­bang in Thai­land, Si­hanoukville in Cam­bo­dia, Phu My,

Nha Trang, Da Nang and Ha­long Bay in Viet­nam, and Hong Kong.

CA­NARIES PLUS

If you want sun­shine closer to home, con­sider the Ca­naries. Princess Cruises’ (princess.com) Sap­phire Princess will sail there next Oc­to­ber on a 12-nighter from Southamp­ton to Lan­zarote, Tener­ife and Gran Ca­naria, with a stop in Lis­bon on the way home.

St Lu­cia Watch the sun set in the Caribbean

Oman See the stun­ning architecture of Mus­cat

Spot igua­nas in Guade­loupe

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