Posted May 22nd, 2017
Cool Cruise Destinations For The Summer
Some cruise regions, like the Caribbean and the Canary Islands, are great whichever time of the year you choose to visit. However, there are other parts of the world that can be slightly unforgiving to cruise passengers outside of a certain window. These fantastic destinations may be home to cold temperatures for most of the year, but the summer months offer a chance to explore without the need for that extra layer. Hopefully.
As the home of impressive glaciers and national parks filled with icebergs, Alaska succumbs to freezing temperatures for most of the year. However, a cruise in the months of May, June, July or August could allow you to enjoy temperatures between 15 and 20 degrees. June and July are also great months to visit if you want to enjoy some of the fantastic wildlife that Alaska is famous for. Bears start to become more active as they go in search of salmon along the streams, seal pups are born around July and walruses will hall out on the islands along the coast. The region does tend to get wetter as the summer goes on though, so you might want to choose a departure earlier in the season to avoid those showers.
The word Baltic is a common euphemism to describe cold weather and so you may be expecting low temperatures throughout the year. That may be true for most months, but cities such as Tallinn, Riga, Helsinki and St. Petersburg can see highs of around 20 degrees Celsius during June, July and August. Most cruises in this part of the world will visit these beautiful destinations, offering the perfect holiday for travellers who love to get off the ship and explore. Whether you choose to look around the many imperial palaces in Russia or discover the fascinating culture of Estonia, the picturesque landscapes and charming cities of a Baltic cruise will captivate you at every turn.
Let’s face it, you are never going to get soaring temperatures in Arctic destinations such as Greenland, Spitsbergen or Iceland. But with averages of 10 degrees and highs of nearer 20 in the southern parts, it’s likely to be a lot warmer than you were expecting. The fantastic air quality this far north also means that you will have great visibility and the long daylight hours throughout the summer give you plenty of time to make the most of excursions. June and July are also great for wildlife spotting, as the thawing ice brings animals like polar bears and Arctic foxes out to hunt.
Norwegian fjord cruises are some of the most popular in the world, offering fantastic panoramas, quaint fishing towns and exciting excursions. However, outside of the summer months, temperatures can be quite cold and so you will need to visit in June, July or August if you want to leave that coat at home. Around May, the green areas will be awash with blooming flowers and rainfall will be at an annual low. Just like in the Arctic, summer brings longer hours of daylight which bathe these breathtaking landscapes in a magical glow.
If you would like to visit any of these cruise regions this year or in the summer of 2018, we have a wide range of different options for you to choose from. Call our team of specialists on 0808 115 8062 for more information.