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How is cruising in January?

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On Rhapsody of the Seas out of Tampa for the Jan 5th cruise to Cozumel, Belize City, Costa Maya, and Key West.  Never cruised in January-what is it usually like (weather, sea conditions, etc.)  

 

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Might be somewhat cooler in Key West, but the Caribbean is usually high 70's to low 80's. 

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We love cruising the Caribbean in January & February.  As Bob said the Keys may be a little cooler, but the Caribbean weather is beautiful with much lower humidity than the warmer months.  Plus, the kiddos are in school 😁

 

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It's been hit or miss for us. Our family did a New Year's cruise every year from 2012-2018 (skipping this year!) . I wouldn't call any of the years super warm - the only one in my memory was when we left out of San Juan instead of Florida. Last year in Cozumel we had 70 and breezy, and then Roatan it was about 70 as well - warm enough to enjoy the sunshine, but not the pool!  It's better than the weather you're probably dealing with though! Just bring a few light layers so you're not caught off guard. 

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We've always had smoother waters on Western routes vs. Eastern. It can be a little chilly and windy at night, but daytime is perfectly comfortable for me. Low humidity, light breeze. The gulf water may be a little cool but I've never found it unbearable. I am accustomed to Chicago winters and also think the Caribbean is miserable in the summer and fall. If you're used to a little warmer climate you may have a different opinion.

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The BEST time of year to cruise the Caribbean: calmer seas and lower humidity.  I'm going to Cuba the end of January!!

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It can be hit, or miss.  Last year, when we sailed in January, Key West was in the 50’s.  But that was when the cold pushed down from the north, and Fort Lauderdale was upper 30’s.  The year before, it was upper 70’s. 

 

When we sail next week, it is calling for mid to upper 70’s. 

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I've cruised out of Tampa in January once, and the weather was great. Calm seas and I was sitting on a beach in Cozumel in 85 degree weather. Couldn't beat it!

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As already said, cooler. For 5 yrs I cruised in Feb. Might not be your experience but was always cooler last day while returning, with wind we weren't able lay out. But never know and a day at Sea is better then day at work..

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Been in January and February and it’s always beautiful. Pack a light layer for nights but it will be great!

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January is our favorite time of year to cruise to the Caribbean!

Tampa and Key West are your only ports where it may be chilly.

Think you'll love cruising in January!  :classic_love:

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January is my favorite time to cruise. It is still really warm in the Caribbean and it is a nice break away from the cold winter.

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I guess it depends where you are cruising out of. We live in NY and try and cruise out of NYC as often as we can. In January it can get tricky. We've had cruises where you can sit out on the decks and enjoy the gorgeous scenery sailing down the Hudson and we've had 12 inches of snow on the deck as we left during a blizzard. 

 

If you are just referring to Tampa, we just arrived in Tampa on the Rhapsody after a TA and when we arrived the temp in Tampa was 42. it was warmer in NY, but alas it didn't last.

 

enjoy your cruise and the warm Caribbean weather.

 

Cheers

Len

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