The Benefit: For the Caribbean, high season is the dead of winter, when everyone wants to escape for some fun in the sun. But cruising the Caribbean in low season — between May and September — can be a very different experience from the winter months. Only a handful of cruise ships stay here year-round, which means less crowded ports of call and fewer tourists jockeying for spaces on the beach. Summertime is hot, but not actually that much hotter, and most cruises come at a lower price point during this time than their winter counterparts. A wide variety of lines — including Carnival, Celebrity, MSC Cruises, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean – all offer summer sailings to the Caribbean.
The Risk: The off-season also coincides with Hurricane Season. Itinerary changes are a possibility if the line has to adjust the schedule to re-route around a storm.