The Caribbean is one of the world's most popular cruise destinations. Credit: Shutterstock

Five luxury Caribbean deals to brighten up your winter

Author: Daniel Edward

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Luxury cruise specialists, SixStarCruises, present an enthralling selection of winter warmers, perfect for a burst of sunshine in the colder months

We could all do with a vitamin D boost at this time of year, and if you’d prefer to be spreading out your towel on a soft sand beach rather than making snow angels in grey sludge snow, then SixStarCruises – the luxury cruises specialist – has some treats in store for you.

The Caribbean is the world’s number one cruise destination, popular for its fantastic shopping opportunities, glorious paradisical beaches, laid back atmosphere, and year-round sun. Winter isn’t even in the dictionary on these sun-kissed islands.

It’s either summer, or summer. And that’s just what we could do with right now.

A healthy dose of solid sunshine, the rustling of palm trees in the sea breeze, the distant chatter of friends laughing in the beachfront bar, and an iced drink in hand.

Add to that a luxury cruise ship with butler service, flights and transfers included and a selection of complimentary excursions and this isn’t just a perfect getaway – it’s a winter dream.

The Caribbean comes into its own as a winter sun destination. Credit: Shutterstock

Top five choices for heavenly winter warmth
Set sail on January 6, 2025, from Fort Lauderdale for a 10-night roundtrip to five Caribbean favourites, with four blissful days at sea to relax and recharge on the open deck.

Your ship is the elegant Silver Moon – part of the Silversea fleet, respected as a leader in true luxury, for an ideal balance of private yacht opulence crossed with major cruise line programming and amenities.

You’ll visit San Juan, Gustavia, Saint John’s, Basseterre and Saint Thomas, with plenty of opportunities for snorkelling, swimming in the warm sea, and soaking up the atmosphere in beautiful marinas.

Fly into Barbados for a week-long boost of winter sunshine, aboard Silver Spirit. With a range of suites available on this December 2025 booking, you can line up an ideal getaway for a couple of winters’ time, with options to include flights in the booking so everything is conveniently covered in one package.

You’ll explore Francophone islands Martenique and Saint Barts, as well as discovering the beach idylls of Port Elizabeth, Bequia, and rainforest hideaway of Grenada. With a port every day of the voyage, this cruise is perfect for those eager to get out and explore from the comfort of a luxury ship.

Barbados is one of the most sought-after Caribbean islands. Credit: Shutterstock

Also booking for December 2025 is Silver Dawn’s 14-night Christmas and New Year voyage, sailing from Fort Lauderdale.

Roll in the new year in the pinnacle of elegance, with entertainment throughout the cruise, personalised in-suite bar, select excursions included and almost one crew member to every guest. Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are both restful days at sea, while port stops include Fort-de-France, Saint Thomas, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Start December 2025 in style with a burst of sunshine and get your winter glow on in the opulent setting of Silver Ray – Silversea’s brand-new ship, which launches next year.

With eight different dining options onboard, for a wide range of tastes, you can mix things up each night of your cruise. Wi-Fi is fully included, as are crew gratuities.

Enjoy lazing on the beach in Philipsburg and San Juan, or how about taking the cable car into the heights of Saint Thomas?

Take a one-way cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Bridgetown with Silver Moon. This 15-night sailing heads all the way to the south of the Caribbean Sea, visiting the much-loved shopping and nature havens of Curacao and Aruba.

For the best beaches of the itinerary, slip your beach towel in your bag when you pull into dock in Deshaies and Castries in the second half of the cruise. If a winter tan is on your list of new year resolutions, this is certainly one of achieving your goal for 2025.

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