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Any time of year is great for a tropical vacation, especially if you’re like me and you live somewhere where skies can be gray for months at a time, but the winter is an especially fine time to take a cruise somewhere tropical. Explore the historic waterways of the U.S. as you cruise in comfort aboard the newest fleet of ships in the country. Full transit Panama Canal cruises can often be combined with back to back cruises to create a longer and more diverse cruise experience. From relaxed day-cruises to upscale cocktails to decadent dinners to elegant weddings and receptions, a private charter will give your guests the Chicago experience of a lifetime.

Luxury cruise provider Crystal Cruises began offering all-inclusive packages to customers as recently as spring 2012, joining the ranks of other popular cruise lines with similar deals. Plus, you could experience some of Europe’s most spellbinding rivers and waterways on a River Cruise aboard Brabant , sailing the peaceful Moselle, Rhine or Danube Rivers.

Boutique cruise operator Silversea has two different offerings in this segment – a more traditional cruise on board the Silver Whisper, a ship designed for 388 passengers, and an active cruise aimed at more adventurous travelers. Cruise line travel e-documents are dispatched 45 days prior to sail date, after you have registered required passenger information online.

In addition to Carnival Cruise, it is likely that you have heard of Royal Caribbean International cruise. Uniworld’s 17 ships cruise around the globe in Europe, Egypt, Russia, China, India, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Honored Best Medium-Ship, Best River Cruise Line and Best Small-Ship by Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.

Other popular ports of call are Croatia and the ports of the Black Sea and few cruises include stopovers in Cyprus, Lebanon, Israel, or Egypt. Your best bet is to keep an eye on the cruise line’s website during the few days leading up to your departure so that you are aware of any changes to your ship’s scheduled departure times.