What's the weather like in the Western Caribbean at New Year's? I'm considering going on Cruisemates '06 New Year's cruise, but I need more info about the weather - do I need shorts or long pants and a jacket? is it too cold to enjoy a balcony cabin? My idea of cold: anything that requires more than a lightweight sweater (I adore the hot weather of the desert). Weather's a big factor in when and where I cruise, and I'll never get to see the beauty of an Alaskan cruise because it's too cold. So, please help me out here.
IMO, go for it! It will be very warm, probably in the 80's and 90's, from our experience on our New Year's cruise last year. The only place I needed a sweater was on the ship in the dining room and show lounge !
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I'm typically cold when no one around me is cold, so.....
I bring a sweater and light weight jacket no matter WHEN I cruise. I freeze to death on the inside of the ship, but it should be pleasantly warm outside. You can go to wunderground.com and check out average temps for anywhere in the world.
When ds and I cruised in January to the Bahamas the weather was warm - high 70's low 80's, but the water a bit too cold for my taste. Western Caribbean should be fine for both, I'd think.
So if you DO book the cruise of the century, look for me - I'll be the one in the sweater!
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The Western Caribbean is gorgeous in early January. Ft.Lauderdale and the Bahamas can be a bit on chilly side. We did wear shorts during the daytime but needed lightweight pants and a sweater for the evenings. Didn't swim in Nassau - too chilly. Once you start heading west it warms up very very nicely. It was nice and warm during the day time, to sun and swim, the islands were actually hot and muggy.
I always pack a lightweight sweater to throw over my shoulders at dinner and shows, i have a wrap for my formal wear.
Definately dress for summer weather.