When's the Best Time to Take a Cruise?

by Sherri Eisenberg

When's the Best Time to Take a Cruise?

by Sherri Eisenberg

Whether you're looking for a deal or want to make sure you're likely to have perfect weather for your once-in-a-lifetime trip, determining the season in your destination of choice is key. Here's what you need to know to sail clear of storms in the top cruise destinations:

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Aruba
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Caribbean

Season: Year-round

Peak: Winter months, when it may be cold back home, are lovely here. Spring break weeks, when kids are out of school, bring major crowds. 

Value: Hurricane season runs from June through November. 

Season: Year-round

Peak: Winter months, when it may be cold back home, are lovely here. Spring break weeks, when kids are out of school, bring major crowds. 

Value: Hurricane season runs from June through November. 

Port Royal Golf Course
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Bermuda

Season: March to November

Peak: May through July are usually sunny, summery months.

Value: Hurricane season is technically June through November, though late summer and fall are riskiest. March to May and October to November are cold.

Season: March to November

Peak: May through July are usually sunny, summery months.

Value: Hurricane season is technically June through November, though late summer and fall are riskiest. March to May and October to November are cold.

Brown bears in Alaska
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Alaska

Season: May to September

Peak: June and July offer sunny days and the warmest temperatures of the year.

Value: May, August, and September can be colder. August and September can also have more mosquitos.

 

Season: May to September

Peak: June and July offer sunny days and the warmest temperatures of the year.

Value: May, August, and September can be colder. August and September can also have more mosquitos.

 

Mayan ruins in Tulum
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Mexico

Season: Year-round

Peak: When it's cold in the Northeast and Midwest, it's sunny and comfortable here. 

Value: August and September are hot and often uncomfortably humid.

Season: Year-round

Peak: When it's cold in the Northeast and Midwest, it's sunny and comfortable here. 

Value: August and September are hot and often uncomfortably humid.

Santorini, Greece
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Mediterranean

Season: Year-round

Peak: June through August are the peak summer tourist months, and some ports are packed with people.

Value: May and September offer nice weather and less crowding. Cruises during cold months may take you to resort towns that have emptied out for the winter. 

Season: Year-round

Peak: June through August are the peak summer tourist months, and some ports are packed with people.

Value: May and September offer nice weather and less crowding. Cruises during cold months may take you to resort towns that have emptied out for the winter. 

The coast of Norway
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Baltic

Season: May to August

Peak: June and July bring long days, the warmest temperatures, and very little rain — but also throngs of tourists.

Value: Early May and late August are the best times to avoid heavy crowds. 

Season: May to August

Peak: June and July bring long days, the warmest temperatures, and very little rain — but also throngs of tourists.

Value: Early May and late August are the best times to avoid heavy crowds. 

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