It’s a common question from cruise travelers, ranging from first-timers to experienced passengers: When is the best time of year to cruise? The simple answer is that it’s always a good time to cruise somewhere on the globe. But, many cruise destinations have definite seasons for cruising; even year-round destinations have certain times that are better than others in terms of weather or cost.
So, here’s a roundup of the best times to sail in some popular cruise regions:
The 49th state offers its warmest and driest weather, as well as long hours of sunlight, during June and July. If you’re looking for the best deals, look to the beginning (late May) and the end (early September) of the brief Alaskan cruise season.
Australia and New Zealand
In these southern hemisphere destinations, the weather is at it’s very best – warm and dry – during December and January. Fares are usually stable from November through mid-March, although they are higher during the November and December holidays.
You can cruise the islands of the Caribbean any time of year, but the best time is winter, when it’s colder at home. The lowest prices are usually during the peak of hurricane season – late summer and early fall – but you may find discounts in January, May and September, too.
For Hawaiian cruises, prices are pretty consistent all year. So, go when the weather is best: April through October (although Hawaii is still fabulous during the rainy season, which is November through March).
The ancient port cities that surround the Mediterranean are busiest from May through August. To avoid the biggest crowds and the highest prices, cruise early (April) or late (November) in the cruise season.
The Pacific Coast of Mexico is another year-round cruise destination. For the best prices and the best weather, sail during the late fall and winter.
New England and Canada
The coastlines of New England and the maritime provinces of Canada are always lovely, but reach a peak of beauty when the leaves change color: generally, mid-September through October. The best prices, though, are often found in June and July.
Like Australia and New Zealand, South America is a great winter destination in the southern hemisphere. The most reliably nice weather is in December and January, though conditions vary depending on how far south your ship sails. The best prices are often for November and April sailings.
For more insider tips on when to cruise, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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