Planning a holiday escape by sea or land? If you'd like to know how your destination stacks up among others in the world, check out this top 10 list from American Express Travel.
It shows the year-over-year increase in bookings for Q4 based on American Express Travel’s internal booking data for flights and analyzed by Amex travel experts.
If you’re going on a Christmas cruise in the Caribbean, you can't do much better than the adorable Dutch island of Aruba. I’ve been there during the holidays when Christmas trees are decorated and lights twinkle all over town. The island was unscathed by the recent hurricanes, and its white sand beaches are intact and waiting to welcome visitors. (Year over year increase in bookings: 31%)
Malaga, on Spain's southern coast (Costa del Sol), offers visitors a blend of Roman and Baroque architecture, rich Mediterranean cuisine and the famous Christmastime lights to add to the city’s romantic ambience. (Year over year increase in bookings: 164%)
Located near the border of Washington and Oregon, laid-back Portland continues to grow as a holiday tourist destination with its hip vibe, trendy craft beer scene and a lengthy list of Christmas parades, shows and a Holiday Express Train that will put every visitor in a festive mood. (Year over year increase in bookings: 31%)
Montreal, a favorite destination of luxury ships from Seabourn and Crystal, among others, is famed for its magical ambience during the holidays, especially Christmas. It’s also celebrating its 375th birthday this year. If you're going on a cruise that lands here, you’ll see several Christmas parades and holiday-themed events. (Year over year increase in bookings: 59%)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Boasting rich architecture, creative energy and stylish citizens, Argentina's capital of Buenos Aires is a hot destination this holiday season, with travelers visiting to experience the Argentine Christmastime traditions – a unique blend between European and South American – all in the heat of the Southern Hemisphere's summer. (Year over year increase in bookings: 28%)
The 2,000-year-old metropolis of Frankfurt, Germany, is one of the most unique in Europe, with skyscrapers that sit next to historic Gothic buildings, an incredible beer scene and a world-famous Christmas market that boasts elaborate, creative stand decorations. A huge Christmas tree adds to the holiday spirit. (Year over year increase in bookings: 47%)
I’ve been to Peru's capital of Lima by ship and even overnighted and love this vibrant Spanish-style city with its unrivaled food scene that blends native Incan traditions, colonial cuisine and modern takes. Lima is steeped in a rich culture like no other. Travelers can immerse themselves in Peruvian holiday traditions such as La Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) and indulge in traditional Peruvian foods such as lechón and panetón. (Year over year increase in bookings: 23%)
Bundle up around the fireplace with authentic fondue this winter in Geneva, Switzerland’s second-most populous city. A global center of finance and diplomacy, Geneva offers snow-capped mountains, vibrant green landscapes and traditional European Christmas markets for travelers to fully immerse themselves this holiday season. (Year over year increase in bookings: 60%)
Incheon, South Korea
A metropolis in the midst of a real estate revolution, and boundlessly optimistic despite the scary headlines of late, the South Korean port city of Incheon provides an untraditional yet unique holiday experience by blending Western Christmas traditions with the local Korean culture. Expect to find Christmas decorations and celebrations across the city during the holiday season. (Year over year increase in bookings: 87%)
Reno-Tahoe region of Nevada
OK, you won’t be going there by ship, but if you’re heading to Lake Tahoe or nearby Reno, Nev., this season, you'll find this area to be the perfect place for cozying up for the holidays. It's at the center of Nevada’s craft beer movement, boasting eclectic cafes and gastropubs throughout the midtown district, surrounded by stunning snow-topped Sierra mountains and some of the best skiing out West on Mt. Rose, Homewood, Diamond Peak and Squaw Valley. (Year over year increase in bookings: 78%)
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah and holiday season!