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Prepare your winter sun escape. Ambassador Cruise Line has just the ticket

Author: Daniel Edward

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Popular British cruise line knows how to cure those winter blues. The answer is a beautiful, sunny and warm cruise away from the UK for some revitalising winter sun

It’s still summer and half of us are already wearing our winter knits, so it’s time to factor in a little restorative cure for the upcoming British winter blues and how better than with a glorious winter sunshine cruise?

And with Ambassador Cruise Line, it couldn’t be easier. Sailing from eight UK ports to spectacular destinations across the globe, Britain’s premium value line brings winter sunshine to our doorstep.

Here are a few itineraries that, when it's wet, wild and dark by 4pm in Blighty, it's pretty hard to say no to...

Looking to warm up the winter months? Ambassador has some suggestions... Credit: Shutterstock

Check out Brazil and the West Indies
Escape the brunt of British winter with a 42-night sun-loving sailing from London Tilbury to Brazil and the West Indies, departing on January 18, 2024.

Bring together the sensational beaches of Tobago, Granada and Barbados with the cultural highlights of Brazil and the pure relaxation of sailing on this perfect six-week dose of winter sun.

Setting off from London, you’ll first enjoy a stop in Rotterdam, and that will be the last time you’ll wear that winter coat for over a month. Next, you’ll be in the Canary Islands before crossing the South Atlantic.

In Brazil, you’ll enjoy a fascinating introduction to South America’s largest country. Check out Recife, overnight in the world-famous Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador, before heading to the Caribbean for a spot of island hopping before returning to London.

Plus, indulge in an enhanced onboard activities programme, courtesy of Ambassador’s Supercraft and ORCA partnerships, providing ample opportunities to connect with your creative side or learn about marine wildlife during your journey.

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Soak up some North African heat
If the first hint of winter has you running for the travel brochures, Ambition has the voyage for you this October. Sailing from Bristol Royal Portbury, you’ll emerge from our crisp autumn back into the warm late-summer glow of the Canary Islands, Madeira and Morocco.

Over the course of 16 nights, recharge your vitamin D supplies as you explore highlights including Lisbon, Las Palmas, and Casablanca. Combining cultural immersion with opportunities for uninterrupted relaxation on the beach, this is the perfect pre-winter boost.

The beautiful Portuguese capital of Lisbon features on the itinerary. Credit: Shutterstock

Celebrate Christmas and New Year in the Caribbean
Celebrating Christmas and New Year at sea is a really special experience and its little wonder why many turn it into an annual tradition. For an incredible five-week voyage, join Ambition in London Tilbury for a 38-night escape to the winter hotspots of the West Indies and Dutch Antilles.

The Caribbean’s reliably warm and sunny disposition is the ideal setting for bringing in the new year, and Christmas on board Ambition is a wonderful occasion arranged by the friendly crew. If you’ve ever wondered what a no-stress Christmas looks like, this is it.

Cruising between 13 islands, with additional stops in the Netherlands and Portugal on the way, this will be the start of a warm and rosy new year (and perhaps a new annual tradition).

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

Bring in the New Year in the Canary Islands
For a 16-night burst of winter sunshine, Ambience sails from London to the Canary Islands on December 21, 2023. Depart in perfect time for Christmas and visit the festive markets of Rotterdam before heading south the Portugal for Boxing Day.

Christmas Day at sea is ideal, a truly memorable occasion arranged by Ambience’s dedicated team with a special dinner and opportunities to connect with fellow guests around the comfortable British-styled ship.

And then enjoy a run of ports between Christmas and New Year, skipping between the Canary Islands and admiring their volcanic landscapes, vibrant towns and picturesque seafront villages.

New Year’s Day offers a chance to relax and welcome in the new year at sea – possibly from your sun bed with a summery cocktail in hand – as you start the return leg of the journey back to London, entering 2024 revived, refreshed and raring to go.

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