Escape the Winter Blues and Spend Christmas in the Caribbean


Winter is well and truly upon us. Cruel, cold winter bringing little more than plummeting temperatures, sideways rain and orange leaves turning to slush underfoot. And the worst part? It’s only going to get worse before it gets any better – we’ve at least four more months of sub-zero suffering to navigate before the clocks plunge forward and the weatherman wears a smile again.

So, if you are struggling to find the motivation to leave your warm, cosy bed in the morning, are feeling disheartened by the pitch-black commute home from work every evening, or simply yearn for a chance to pop on shorts and pick up a rum and coconut-based cocktail – there’s little option but to take a sun-kissed trip to a part of the world not so affected by the cruel clutches of winter.

With this in mind, we’re delighted to offer this special cruise deal, visiting some of the world’s best-loved, sun-filled paradise islands, just when you need it the most. P&O’s flagship, Britannia, will take you around Barbados, Curaçao, Dominica and more as part of a 15-night cruise around the Caribbean over the Christmas period. From the middle of December until the end of the calendar year, escape the cold and the misery of the UK, and enjoy the festive period in style, comfort and shorts aboard the Christmas in the Caribbean – Fly Cruise trip.

And if you book with Cruise1st UK, you’ll also receive a free upgrade to a balcony stateroom whilst they last – so, you’ll be able to sit back and relax with a cocktail or two as the Caribbean breeze blows through your hair. We think this is the perfect time to spare a thought for family and friends back home, desperately trying to defrost their car windows before making their way to work.

Here’s what to expect when you book your place aboard P&O Britannia’s Christmas in the Caribbean – Fly Cruise.

Beautiful Bridgetown

As part of the cruise’s package, you’ll board a flight from a choice of regional airports in the UK to Bridgetown in Barbados. There you’ll have a chance to explore the island’s beautiful capital (and pick up a few souvenirs if any catch your eye, before spending the first night aboard the P&O Britannia, where you can pick from the ship’s incredible culinary offering, or simply order a little room service direct to your cabin’s balcony.

Or, if you are interested in exploring Bridgetown in greater detail, there’s a huge selection of things to see and do. From exploring Harrison’s Cave, one of the largest and most beautiful accessible cave complexes in the world to visiting George Washington House where the USA’s first ever president came to stay; there’s something for everyone in Bridgetown.

Of course, if you’ve booked your cabin aboard this incredible cruise, intending to absolutely maximise the amount of time spent on the beach, Bridgetown won’t disappoint. Just a few miles from the main Bridgetown cruise terminal sits one of the island’s most beautiful and relaxing sandy stretches, Brighton Beach. Unroll your beach towel and enjoy your first taste of the blissful Caribbean sun.


Paradise Island Hopping

With more than 7,000 islands to choose from in the Caribbean Sea, there’s plenty of choice for cruise lines when plotting a course and itinerary around this paradise part of planet Earth. The P&O Cruises journey planners have gone to great care to make sure the Christmas in the Caribbean – Fly Cruise provides the perfect paradise experience for all guests looking to celebrate the festive season in style this year.

Alongside Bridgetown, Barbados, the cruise will take you to eight different paradise islands, all offering their unique cultures, culinary treats and experiences. Visiting Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire, St Vincent, St Lucia, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, and Sint Maarten, the itinerary takes you to some of the best-loved and some of the most remote islands in the region. From volcanic islands blessed with incredible greenery to tiny, sleepy islands practically designed for lazing on the beach; the selection of port calls will certainly satisfy your hunger for a paradise retreat.


We’d say the highlight of the cruise is the visit to the wonderful island of Bonaire. Not as well known as many of the other islands visited on this itinerary; Bonaire offers warm, sunny weather, clear blue seas and amazing marine reefs accessible from the shoreline. With stretches of unspoilt beach rolling out in front of your eyes, Bonaire is a classic slice of Caribbean life.

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P&O Cruises’ Beautiful Flagship Vessel

With paradise islands making up the itinerary, you’d be forgiven for viewing the cruising part of the trip as a mere transport link between beautiful beach and beautiful beach. But once you’re aboard P&O Cruises’ much-loved flagship, you’ll soon come to look forward to the few days at sea almost as much as the island-hopping visits.

With delightful restaurants boasting menus crafted by the world’s finest chefs, incredible entertainment complexes hosting performances by awe-inspiring talents and an almost limitless array of activities to enjoy – no two days aboard the P&O Britannia are alike, and days at sea are never dull.

Fancy a little British sophistication during your time in the Caribbean? Living up to her name, the Britannia proudly offers daily afternoon tea every day, with a selection of teas and coffees served with finger sandwiches, cakes and scones topped with clotted cream and jam.


Or, if spending days on end soaking up the Caribbean sun is not relaxing enough, why not take to the Britannia’s health spa for a few treatments. Whether you fancy a rejuvenating foot treatment, a new hairstyle in the on-board salon or simply a dip in the hydrotherapy suite, the Britannia has all the facilities and skilled crew members to refresh and reinvigorate mind, body and soul.

Full Cruise Details:

Christmas in the Caribbean – Fly Cruise

Depart: 16 December 2016 from the UK

Arrive: 31 December 2016 to the UK

Nights: 15

Ships: P&O Britannia

Deal Reference Number: XMAS7

Price: From £1,899

If you’d like to escape the miserable cold of the winter in the UK, and visit the sun-kissed islands in the Caribbean Sea, why not book your cabin aboard this amazing cruise from P&O Cruises? Get the best prices by booking with Cruise1st UK, calling 0808 2746 777 and quoting:

Reference Number XMAS7

Images sourced via P&O Cruises Press Pictures and Flickr Creative Commons. Credit: Robert Pittman, b k, Reinhard Link

Escape the Winter Blues and Spend Christmas in the Caribbean
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Escape the Winter Blues and Spend Christmas in the Caribbean
Dodge the rain and the cold weather this year, taking a tropical cruise around the beautiful islands of the Caribbean Sea with P&O Cruises and Cruise1st UK.

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Claire has worked in the travel industry since leaving college in 1994. One of this blog's most regular contributors, Claire covers cruise news and industry trends.

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