By Trina Howes on Oct 21, 2022 in Asia, Australia, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean, Cruises & Ship Travel, Leisure Travel, Maldives, New Zealand, Oceania, Pacific Islands, Regions, Specialty Travel, Islands american virgins
Plan ahead to avoid the cold, dark days of winter and instead take your family and friends on the trip of a lifetime to soak up the sun by the turquoise blue shores on a tropical luxury yacht this Christmas and New Year. New Year.
What better way to see the last days of 2022 than from your sundeck jacuzzi, looked after by a professional and experienced crew while your captain takes you to the next destination on your itinerary? Spend your free time as you see fit; shop and dine in fancy places one day, before hiking, waterskiing and snorkeling away from the rest of the world the next.
There are plenty of ships to suit your style, including large and small catamarans, traditionally styled motor yachts, opulent art deco interiors or minimalist masterpieces packed with entertainment options for a week or more . Each cruising ground is equally unique and enticing, and here are three of the festive favorites to leave the winter blues behind, indulge your senses, and provide an experience like no other for you and your group.
Caribbean and Bahamas
The balance between pristine nature and all the conveniences and indulgences of civilization makes the Caribbean islands and the Bahamas a popular winter destination, especially for Christmas and New Years.
The Bahamas has the advantage of being close to the American mainland, where Florida International Airport and nearby marinas ensure that charter groups can easily begin and end their cruises. Grand Bahama and New Providence are the most touristy islands with plenty of attractions and options for last-minute gift shopping, while the more natural and authentic islands of the Bahamas are known as Out Islands”. The Abacos are known among yachting enthusiasts for their great beaches and fishing spots, as well as Fowl Cays National Park for snorkeling and scuba diving in a biologically rich reserve.
The Exumas are another fantastic choice for charter passengers of all ages, with myriad white-sand beaches, clear, shallow blue seas, and unique attractions such as Pig Beach and Thunderball Grotto. Further south, Acklins Bay is a shallow lagoon where kids can snorkel for sand dollars and play with the water toys. This tranquil spot is ideal for relaxing to the sound of nature, then dining on the shores as the sun sets. Wildlife lovers should consider a trip to the Inagua Islands for the many unusual and colorful birds as well as quiet beachside anchorages to spend the day at your leisure.
The US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands are two of the most visited destinations in the Caribbean, and it’s easy to fill a one-week charter with these destinations. Sainte-Croix in the USVI caters to a variety of interests, with fine dining, shopping and nightlife in town, museums and historic sites mostly on the West Island, coastal hiking trails, a garden botany and zip lines inside the island. St. Thomas and St. John are coming to life at a slower pace while adapting to the outdoor lifestyle with plenty of hiking trails and snorkeling spots. Finally, Buck Island Reef is a must-see opportunity to swim near colorful corals and see blacktip reef sharks, nurse sharks, eagle rays, barracuda and more. Be sure to arrive early at this popular site.
The BVIs have their own must-see attractions, and for divers the wreck of the RMS RHONE near Salt Island should be a priority. It’s considered one of the best dive sites in the area, with plenty of artifacts to discover, as well as the octopus and giant green moray eel that inhabit the midsection. The baths of Virgin Gorda make a beautiful and unusual setting for your social media snaps, and the bars of Jost Van Dyke attract the boating community for fireworks and New Year’s Eve celebrations. include Saint Martin/Sint Maarten, Saint Barth’s, Saint Lucia and Antigua & Barbuda for their festivals, regattas and cultural attractions.
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More than a thousand islands make up the various atolls of the Maldives Islands, and fewer than 300 are inhabited, so it’s easy to let your worries slip away when you find a secluded beach and follow the natural rhythm of each day. Ari Atoll is great for fishing, Malé Atoll for windsurfing and Addu Atoll far to the south has an incredible dive site at the BRITISH LOYALTY wreck near Villingili. Head to Hanifaru Bay in Baa Atoll for manta rays, however, the rich biodiversity of this area awaits to reward your curiosity wherever you go.
Australia and the South Pacific
Descend to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific for a sunny summer at Christmas and New Years. Australia has a myriad of unique landscapes and seascapes: if you’ve ever visited the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays, it’s time to experience the outdoor lifestyle in Tasmania or sail to Western Australia for Ningaloo Reef and the vibrant and powerful landscapes of the Kimberley region. Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sydney shouldn’t be overlooked either: these cosmopolitan destinations offer vibrant nightlife, plenty of indulgences and cultural attractions that give each city center a vibe all its own.
A luxury yacht charter is a golden opportunity to explore some of the smallest and most scattered islands in the South Pacific with a garage full of water toys to accompany you wherever you travel. Vanuatu has incredible scuba diving sites for wrecks and volcanic underwater landscapes, and the Cook Islands and French Polynesia are a place to spend quality time with loved ones in breathtaking natural surroundings. the breath.
Create treasured memories in beautiful destinations with an itinerary personalized to your interests and an exceptional crew to provide first-class service as you say goodbye to 2022 and welcome the new year.
Trina Howes is director of CharterWorld America. CharterWorld is a luxury private yacht charter company that creates exceptional vacations with excellent yachts at incredible prices – worldwide.
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