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The best winter sun holidays


Wave goodbye to grey days: on a P&O Cruises winter sun holiday, you can be basking on deck or on the beach in no time

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You may have only just got back from your summer holidays, but that’s all the more reason to start planning your next amazing trip. Maybe you want to bottle that warm summer glow you’ve recently brought home with you, or perhaps you don’t feel topped up with enough sunshine yet? Read on to discover all our options for winter sun holidays.


A leisurely cruise to the Canaries could be just the ticket. With balmy temperatures year round, this volcanic archipelago just off the northwest coast of Africa is a guest favourite. It has an amazingly varied landscape, from the lush banana plantations of Gran Canaria and the ‘valley of a thousand palms’ in Lanzarote, to the surreal moonscapes of Tenerife’s Teide National Park. Feeling adventurous? Take a camel ride up a volcano, or bump your way on a 4x4 through scented pine forests and vertiginous mountain villages. Like to keep your feet firmly on the ground? Tour Tenerife’s delightful gardens, haggle in one of the Canary Island’s oldest open-air markets at Teguise, or discover the masterpieces of local artist and architect César Manrique. Then, of course, there are the beaches. The Canary Islands are home to more than 500, with sands of all colours, including golden, black and even red.


If you want to speed straight to the sun, try our Caribbean Fly-cruise holidays. Join your ship in Barbados and spend two glorious weeks or more island-hopping. Enjoy the glamorous west coast of Barbados where the rich and famous congregate, swim with graceful stingrays in Antigua or relax on the white-sand beaches of Grenada, the ‘spice island’. Discover the virgin rainforest of Tortola, or marvel at gorgeous St Lucia – its lush beauty really is jaw-dropping. There is just so much to experience in the Caribbean and a cruise is the perfect way to take it all in.

Writer Yolanda Zappaterra

Serious sun-seekers will know that a winter cruise is THE way to top up that glorious tan while taking in the sights, and if you have the luxury of extended leisure time, an Exotic Fly-cruise holiday to Australasia, the Far East or the Americas is the way to go. Get your groove on in the party atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro, shop till you drop in Hong Kong, experience the variety of life on Sydney’s Bondi Beach or just float in bliss in the Seychelles.


You’ll never be far from a relaxing beach, but we can guarantee action, culture and awesome sights, too. And when you want to escape the heat, your ship will be your haven.