When to go
The best time to go on a cruise holiday will really depend on which destination you want to go to and why you want to go there. Whether you want to bag a bargain, get some much needed warm weather, or see some local wildlife, with many cruises running year round, you will find the perfect holiday no matter your priority.
Like many tourist hot spots, the busiest period for cruising in Australia and New Zealand is the summer school holidays between December and January. Covering a huge range of climates from the tropical North of Queensland to the snowy mountain ranges of Queenstown there is something for everyone all year round.
Norwegian Cruise Line offer a year-round 7-night cruise in Hawaii, and the tropical weather means it is always warm! Hawaii’s winter season tends to be the busiest, over the Christmas period especially. For warmer weather book in summer from April to October, and if you are looking for a great cruise deal and some sun, book your Hawaii cruise in spring (May), which also coincides with whale watching season!
The South Pacific share the same tropical weather as Northern Queensland, the dry and slightly cooler winter season tends to be more popular than the summer which is warm, humid, and the wettest time of year. Travelling in the summer can mean you pick up your dream cruise at a great price!
The Northern Hemisphere summer runs from May – September and can be a great place to escape the cold of the Australian winter. European school holidays are in July and August so these are the most expensive times to travel. If you are looking to avoid families but want to travel during the school holidays perhaps consider a river cruise. Many companies run cruises year round, and winter cruises in Europe can be fantastic value, with less crowds in popular ports. Wrap up warm and prepare for the cold if you are travelling mid-winter!
Warm tropical weather means Caribbean cruises run year round, however they have a hurricane season from June to November, although it doesn’t really kick-in until mid-August. Unless you have to travel during the American school holidays try to avoid it as the ships and ports will be busy, and these weeks tend to be a lot more expensive. The best time to travel is the Northern Hemisphere winter from November to March.
Depending on your interests and pastimes there are several options for Alaskan and Canadian cruises. To see nature in full swing visit in September or October which is the North American autumn for brightly coloured leaves and lush scenery. If you want to see the bears in Alaska July is the best time, and if you want to go whale watching make sure to cruise in August. It can start to get cooler in the autumn so if you want to get some warm weather and long summer days book your cruise holiday between June and August.
By Sarah Tayler
Sarah is an avid traveller. When not writing for My Cruises, she can be found gallivanting around the globe. Her favourite port of call is Barcelona because it’s close to the city and she is a sucker for Gaudi and tapas! A big fan of leisurely river cruising as well, Sarah loves nothing more than stopping off along the banks of the Loire Valley for a spot of wine tasting and visiting Bordeaux for the history and amazing French food. On her cruise holiday to-do list is the Panama Canal, an Arctic expedition cruise and a river cruise through Asia.