When is the Best Time To Go On A Cruise – By Destination and Month

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One of the most common questions people ask when planning a cruise vacation is – when is the best time to go on a cruise? The answer is rarely a straightforward one. It will depend on a range of factors including:

  • Whether price is important to you. (Traveling outside peak season will be cheaper.)
  • Whether you want to avoid crowds. (Again, traveling outside peak season might be a good idea.)
  • What kind of weather and temperatures you personally enjoy.
  • What you would like to do when you reach your cruise destinations.
  • Whether there are any particular festivities, events, or natural attractions that you wish to experience that happen at a certain time of year.

That said, here is a list of the best times to take cruises in popular parts of the world:

Best Time to Go on A Cruise in Asia

The best weather and conditions: November – March.
Quietest, cheapest time: June & July.
Somewhat worse weather but more reasonable fares: April-May and August-October.

Best Time to Go on A Cruise in Australia

Summer weather and good cruising conditions: late November – March.
Smaller crowds & still good weather, but some options restricted: rest of the year.

Best Time to Go on A Cruise in the Caribbean

Good year round, but driest and most pleasant time: December – April.
Cheapest time – but hurricane season: late summer & autumn.

Best Time to Go on A Cruise in Europe

Warmest weather in the Mediterranean, Baltic Sea & Northern Europe: June-July (and August, but many shops and other establishments close in August, when weather can be hot further south.)
Cheaper & fewer crowds: April/May and September.

Best Time to Go on A Cruise in the Americas

Alaska: most reliable weather and best conditions: June-August
Alaska: fewer crowds, cheaper prices: May & September (September also offers the best chance to see the Northern Lights.)

More about Alaska timing is here

Canada/ New England: for spectacular fall foliage: September-October.
Mexican Riviera: year round, but dry season: February – mid-April.
South America: high season, best weather and conditions at most destinations: November-March.

While the above might give you a place to start when planning your cruise, it is important to remember that there are a wide range of things to consider when determining the best time to go on a cruise, and the option you go for should always reflect not only the conditions where you are choosing to go, but also prices, and your own personal tastes and preferences. www.travelrows.com

Let me know, if you have any questions or leave your opinion in comments. Thank you.

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