Posted September 21st, 2015
A Cruise For Every Season
The great thing about a cruise holiday is that there is always a ship waiting to take you away from those rainy days and allow you to bask in glorious sunshine, whatever the season. This means that cruising can take place all year round, as the ships move to follow the sun or take advantage of natural events at certain points in the calendar.
There truly is a cruise for every season and here are a few great examples.
In the river cruise industry, spring is when many people sail along the Belgian and Dutch waterways in order to see all the tulip fields in full bloom. Although this isn’t possible in an ocean ship, it is still worth looking out for itineraries that feature Amsterdam in March, April and May as they may include shore excursions to the beautiful Keukenhof gardens.
Another great destination in the spring is Australia. Not only will the crowds have died down as high season comes to an end, the temperatures will also be a lot less stifling. This is a great time to explore the Great Barrier Reef.
Finally, there are some excellent Norwegian Fjord cruises to be found in April and May. This is the start of the high season, so crowds shouldn’t be too large and, as the days draw out, you’ll be able to see the waterfalls melting and coming back to life.
In the northern hemisphere’s summer, many operators position their ships in the Mediterranean to take advantage of the scorching temperatures. Although this is the busiest time to cruise this region, it is also the best because of the many different options and the great weather. From Eastern Mediterranean cruises that visit places like Istanbul, Kotor and the Greek islands, to Western Med options that will take you to Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome; there are so many fantastic itineraries to choose from.
If you want to experience near 24-hour sunlight, you may want to delay your Norwegian Fjord cruise until this time of year. However, the summer is the ideal time to head north of the Arctic Circle and into the territory of the Midnight Sun.
Without doubt, one of the best options in the autumn is a Canada or Alaska cruise. Every year, leaf peepers flock to this part of the world throughout September, October and the beginning of November to catch a glimpse of the beautiful foliage. Pretty much any cruise to Canada or Alaska at this time of year will offer the chance to witness this but any itinerary that includes a visit to a national park is always a bonus.
Autumn is also a great time of year to head off on a Gulf cruise to the United Arab Emirates. In the summer months, temperatures can easily reach 40 degrees in places like Dubai and Abu Dhabi so travelling in September or October will mean you escape the heat and some of the crowds.
Finally, early autumn is the perfect time to take a cruise to Scandinavia and witness the Northern Lights. This spectacular natural event is best seen in September and October when the period of Midnight Sun has passed and the nights are darker.
The most popular cruise region in which to find some winter sun has to be the Caribbean. With a wide range of itineraries on offer and glorious weather all year round, you can escape the snow and disruption back home by heading across the Atlantic. This is obviously peak season for Caribbean cruises but there are always deals to be found and there’s no better time to visit.
Other options in winter time include Australia, but this is also when operators tend to stage their world cruises. What better way is there to start the new year than by heading off on the holiday of a life time as you cruise the world for three or four months. If you don’t have the budget or free time for a full world cruise, why not look at cruise lines such as Cunard and P&O Cruises who offer the opportunity to book shorter sectors of the entire trip.
As you can see, there really is a cruise for every season. No matter what time of year you want to travel, we can find you the perfect deal. Call our team today or get in touch via the website.