The Bahamas beckon with sunshine, beaches and water sports. It’s not as hot in the winter as it is other times of the year, but it’ll no doubt be balmier than back home. Cruises to the islands are very reasonable at this time of year. Some of the lines that leave from New York and Florida offer brief three day cruises that are perfect for a long weekend getaway. Sometimes that’s all you need to shake off the winter blahs. You’ll usually visit Nassau, Freeport, and perhaps Atlantis or a private island that’s set up for vacation fun.