5 Winter Cruises I Wish I Was On

Oh, winter. Boy do I have a love-hate relationship with this season. On the one hand, I love the holidays. Christmas, New Year’s, Hanukkah… There’s a certain magic in the air that you just don’t find at any other time of year. However, I absolutely hate being cold. I’ve met a few Aussies and South Africans living in Korea, and they’ve all grown up with summertime holidays. Can you imagine going for a swim on Christmas day?! The thought of escaping winter for a warmer destination is always a good idea in my book. When Iglu Cruises asked me if I wanted to look around and choose some winter cruises I wish I was on, I naturally beelined for all the warm weather ones.

1. Radiant Reflections from Rio de Janeiro | This cruise sounds perfect if you’ve been wanting to explore South America like me. You’ll start in Rio de Janeiro head to various cities around Brazil (Buzios, Ilha Grande, Parati, Sao Paulo, Porto Belo) and then Uruguay (Punta del Este and Montevideo) before ending in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2. Barbados Stay + South Caribbean | I remember one of my friends growing up always got to escape down to the Caribbean for winter break, and I was always so jealous! This cruise sounds like the perfect way to do a little island hopping. Stay in Barbados for three nights and then hop around to St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, San Juan, and St. Thomas before returning to Barbados.

3. Dubai to Singapore in Luxury over ChristmasThis 23 day cruise sounds like a dream for the curious traveler. Spend the latter half of December and early January cruising around some unique destinations. You’ll start in Dubai before heading to Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Oman, Mumbai, India, Mangalore, Cochin, India, Langkawi, Malaysia, and then end in Singapore. I’m just imagining what all the delicious food! Considering I briefly flirted with the idea of teaching in Oman, this cruise is the most up my alley.

4. Male to Dar Es Salaam in LuxuryFor those who want a more honeymoon (or solomoon!) vibe, this cruise takes you through some of the most romantic locations and a few adventurous ones as well. Stay at Male in the Maldives before heading around to Maalhaveli, Hithadhoo, a few places in Seychelles, Desroches Island, Mayotte, Island of Mozambique, Ibo Island, Kilwa Kisiwani, Zanzibar, Tanzania, and then end in Dar Es Salaam.


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5. Singapore to Sydney | Two places I’ve been wanting to visit, so why not start in one and end in the other? In between you’ll hit Semarang, Bali, Perth, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, and Melbourne! Getting to see friends in Singapore, stopping by Bali once more, and seeing a sunset at Sydney Opera House sounds like the best February plan to me!

Just imagining these cruises is warming me up a little. I wish I could be barefoot and in a sundress instead of wrapped up in a sweatshirt and fuzzy socks right now. What winter cruise do you wish you were going on? Somewhere even colder like Antarctica or warmer like the Caribbean?

Disclosure: This was a collaborative post with Iglu Cruises


Feature photo by Austin Neill via Unsplash 


  1. November 8, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    All of these cruises sound wonderful! My husband and I like to cruise in January each year after the holiday to the Caribeean because the prices are so low and the weather is fantastic!

    I would love to do one of the longer cruises though – like 3 weeks.

  2. November 8, 2016 / 3:53 am

    Oooh tough decisions between #1 and #4. The Maldives has been on my list for a solid few years now but so has Brazil! To be honest, I’m all about basking in warm weather year-round. The only level of “cold” I can handle is SoCal’s :p. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. November 7, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Singapore to Sydney sounds like a cruise we would love to be on!! We’re in Canberra, Australia and they’ve just introduced direct flights to SIngapore. Could totally get a one way and then cruise back home. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. November 7, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    Growing up in Ohio I got really sick of winter and always wanted to escape to a tropical destination! I love the sounds of the cruise that starts in Male! The Maldives has been on my top see places for awhile now, it’s just a matter of time before we make it happen! A cruise would be an interesting way to do it!

  5. November 7, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    Omg the Dar Es Salaam one sounds incredible. A trip taking in the Maldives and Seychelles sounds heavenly

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