Whether this is your first time or you happen to be a repeat cruiser, the same question arises every time; when is the best time to book a cruise? This may be a simple question, but it is not actually that easy to answer. There is nothing like the one-size-fits-all answer for when to sail: It depends on your own personal priorities. You will have cruises available throughout the year; it depends on your own personal priorities like destination, and budget and, of course, vacation schedule.
There are many variables that influence as to when is the best time to take a cruise, some people prefer the autumn season to the heat of summer while others find September and October the best time to take that Canada/New England cruise. There is a huge chunk of water sports lovers who prefer to sail the region in the summer when the temperature is warm enough for them to go for a swim.
Scheduling your vacation when the weather is slightly less optimal lets you cut costs while escaping the crowds and for sure would be a more relaxing trip. If you are looking to save money while sailing the seas will need to travel primarily during the shoulder season, the time between peak and low season. While it is a great option, it also comes with drawbacks like rainy weather or fewer wildlife sightings. There are also periods of peak demand, which is the high season and low demand, which is low season.
The summer months generally fall under peak seasons, regardless of the weather at home or in the region. Cruises taken during these periods need to be booked far in advance, so you need to get in there early. During low seasons, you will generally find more bargains, but thanks to the boom in new cruising destinations and home ports, some low seasons have shrunk in many areas, so all seasons are priced in season.
While we are under the impression that any time is a great time to cruise since we have cruises sail all around the world, the seasons can play a role in just how perfect your cruise conditions will be to the most popular cruise destinations. So, when is the best time to cruise Alaska, Australia, the Caribbean, Canada/New England, Hawaii, Europe or the South Pacific?
Saving money also plays a major part when you choose to book a cruise and you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars by being a savvy shopper. So, when do you think you are getting a good deal on the cruise? There are many cruise lines that have their own specific deals and promotions and this can give you valuable insight on their best rates. It never hurts to do your homework and determine which cruise lines offer the fares and itineraries that best meet your needs.
Now if you are looking at having a great time in the turquoise-water paradise Caribbean, you can enjoy mild tropical weather year-round. You’ll get sunshine and lots of blue sky days perfect for exploring island villages, snorkeling, and hanging out at the beach or your activity of choice. Most Mediterranean cruises sail in the summer months when you can enjoy sun and sand in coastal cities or sit at an outdoor café on a cobblestoned street. If you’re looking for sunshine and slightly cooler temperatures, try a cruise in June, September or October.
If you love the radiant colors of fall foliage you can consider a Canada/New England cruise, and the best time to experience the glory of Mother Nature’s fall colors in the fall season. When it comes to coastlines, there are few places as special as the seaside towns of Alaska. Yes, you’ll see glaciers, but the best time to cruise is in the summer when you have more hours of daylight.
So whether you’re looking for a sunny cruise to the Bahamas, planning ahead for a major anniversary celebration cruise in French Polynesia, organizing a family reunion cruise around Alaska, you want to make sure that you’re going on a cruise at the right time.
No matter where you are cruising, always check the latest weather forecasts for more specific and accurate expectations. With all of this in mind, now, what do you think is the best time to go cruising? It is for you to plan your trip strategically.