Fun winter holidays

Winter holidays take lots of forms, from skiing in the Alps to city breaks in Barcelona. However, a growing number of people are booking last minute cruises instead. They are the affordable, all inclusive way to enjoy fun in the sun; and you don’t even have to fly!

If you want an action-packed family holiday that allows you to get the suntan lotion out, Royal Caribbean International offer cruises from Southampton to Spain and the Canary Islands during the winter months. The Independence of the Seas is a huge floating resort ship offering everything you could wish in the way of activities and entertainment, with a skating rink, surf rider, rock-climbing wall, water slide, West End style shows, jazz bar and much more. Plus you’ll be enjoying the winter sun with stops in Portugal, Tenerife, Barcelona and many other fantastic places. Other lines offering winter cruises from Southampton include Fred Olsen, P & O and Cunard. Although some require you to fly to or from your cruise ship, a world cruise on a transatlantic liner like the QM2 is hard to beat!

When it comes to fun family holidays, the Disney World Resort is also hard to beat. But did you know Disney offers last minute cruises from Orlando? Enjoy the theme park attractions, and then let the fun continue on a Caribbean cruise. The 4 Disney cruise ships – including two newly launched in 2012 – are like floating theme parks, with a fantastic range of attractions to keep kids, teens and adults entertained from beginning to end.

If you’re undecided between a winter cruise and a conventional beach holiday, why not combine both with a cruise-and-stay vacation? There are last minute cruises in the Caribbean that allow you to jet off to a top Jamaican beach resort, followed by a luxury cruise of the neighbouring islands. Alternatively you can live it up in style with a cruise-and-stay break to Dubai and the Arab Emirates.

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