Sun-seekers have plenty of choice when it comes to choosing a
winter cruise, with expedition itineraries visiting classic
tropical destinations like the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. This is also the perfect time to
explore South East Asia on a Mekong or Myanmar river cruise, when the weather is dry but not
too hot, and temperatures are also rising in the Galapagos, with the archipelago's marine iguanas at
their most colourful during January.
If topping up your tan is not a key concern, however, then
Antarctica has to be the most exciting destination on
offer at this time of year. November to mid-December is the best
time for snowy landscapes, while late December to January sees the
emergence of penguin chicks and seal pups, and February and March
are best for spotting whales.
Other cold water destinations to consider include the
spectacular mountains and glaciers of Patagonia, the vast penguin colonies of South Georgia,
and New Zealand's remote subantarctic islands. Closer to
home you also have the chance to see the Northern
Lights on a cruise along the coast of Norway, though you'll
need to be prepared for freezing temperatures and near permanent
darkness the further north you get.