There is unfortunately no straight forward answer when it comes to the best time to take a cruise. Price and local weather conditions can vary greatly between different destinations at different times of the year, so it is important to do your research into the cruise region you are hoping to sail to before you book. Luckily however, we have done the research for you! So read on to learn about the best times to cruise to some of the most sought-after destinations across the globe.

Alaska

Dramatic mountain scenery at the Alaskan port of Skagway

Dramatic mountain scenery at the Alaskan port of Skagway

Best for weather

During the summer months of June and July, Alaska enjoys longer days, warmer weather and less than rain than the rest of the year.

Best for price

For the best price on an Alaska cruise, book for late August to early October, although at this time of year the local weather conditions will deteriorate and less wildlife will be active.

Recommended

Most people travel to Alaska for its incredible scenery and amazing wildlife. I would therefore recommend August as the best time for whale-watching, or July if you want to see bears fishing for food during the world-famous salmon run season.

Australia & New Zealand

Ayers Rock in the beautiful Australian Outback

Ayers Rock in the beautiful Australian Outback

Best for weather

For consistently sunny weather, travel to Australia and New Zealand during the winter months between November and March, which are actually the summer months in this corner of the globe.

Best for price

For a great price, book your Australia and New Zealand cruise for between November and mid-March, as long as you travel away from the holiday seasons.

Recommended

A cruise to Australia and New Zealand is exciting throughout the year, but I would recommend visiting during December and January for the chance to celebrate New Year’s Eve and enjoy a consistently sunny climate.

Canada & USA

The Canadian city of Montreal in the autumn

The Canadian city of Montreal in the autumn

Best for weather

Cruisers travelling to Canada and the USA are more likely to experience the warmest and driest weather conditions during June, July, August and September.

Best for price

May until August is classed as the off-season for cruises to North America, although the weather is still warm and perfect for outdoor exploration.

Recommended

The autumn season – also known as the fall – is the best time to appreciate the spectacular scenery and beautiful foliage of Canada and New England, but this is a particularly popular time to visit, so cruises at this time of year are likely to sell out quickly.

Caribbean

Colourful buildings on the coast of Curacao in the blissful Caribbean

Colourful buildings on the coast of Curacao in the blissful Caribbean

Best for weather

Winter is the best time to cruise to the Caribbean to avoid the hurricane season and enjoy the archipelago stunning tropical climate.

Best for price

You may find the best prices on Caribbean cruises during the summer, but be aware that the local weather conditions are much more unpredictable at this time of year.

Recommended

Escape the winter cold back home and enjoy a Christmas cruise to the Caribbean and swap your snow shoes for sandals as you relax in this serene part of the world.

Central America

The stunning shoreline of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico

The stunning shoreline of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico

Best for weather

It can often get too hot across Central America during the summer, so an autumn or winter cruise is recommended for those who are sensitive to intense heat.

Best for price

January and September are perhaps the best times to get a good price on a cruise to Mexico and Central America, although the weather is often less predictable during these months.

Recommended

Enjoy a warm climate in winter with a cruise to Central America to get away for the miserable weather back home.

Far & Middle East

Historic temples in the bustling city of Bangkok, Thailand

Historic temples in the bustling city of Bangkok, Thailand

Best for weather

Temperatures can reach scorching highs during the summer across much of the Far and Middle East, so autumn and winter cruises are recommended to enjoy a more bearable climate.

Best for price

Prices will vary throughout the year, but as summer cruises are less popular due to soaring temperatures, there is often less demand at this time of year and therefore lower fares.

Recommended

Cruises to Japan during the spring offer the opportunity to enjoy the nation’s iconic cherry sakura blossom and temperatures will be more tolerable throughout the region during this season.

Mediterranean

The ancient city of Dubrovnik on Croatia's Mediterranean coast

The ancient city of Dubrovnik on Croatia's Mediterranean coast

Best for weather

For guaranteed warm weather, cruise the Mediterranean between May and September when the local climate is at its sun-drenched peak.

Best for price

Winter cruises to the Mediterranean are often cheaper than summer voyages, but the weather is not quite as consistently warm at this time of year.

Recommended

Summer Mediterranean sailings are the best for getting the most out the destinations on your itinerary, but avoid the school holidays when the large crowds of tourists can become somewhat overwhelming.

Northern Europe

The breathtaking fjords of Norway

The breathtaking fjords of Norway

Best for weather

Northern Europe is not renowned for its warm climate, so a summer cruise is most likely to be the best for warmer weather across this spectacular region.

Best for price

Cruises to Northern Europe tend not to vary in price at different times of year, so try to find a great offer or last-minute deal for a cheaper price on your holiday.

Recommended

Aim to cruise away from the school holidays to avoid the crowds of travellers who arrive in Northern Europe during the most popular and therefore busiest times of year.

South America

Panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro

Panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro

Best for weather

The South American climate is at its best during the winter months between December and March, when the temperatures are warm but not too humid and unbearable.

Best for price

There is usually less demand for cruises to South America during April, May and November, so prices tend to fall at this time of year.

Recommended

Despite the crowds of tourists arriving in the region, February is a wonderful time to visit Rio de Janeiro for the incredible Rio Carnival to enjoy this world-famous spectacle showcasing Brazilian music, dancing and wonderful local culture.

South Pacific

The idyllic island of Bora Bora in the South Pacific

The idyllic island of Bora Bora in the South Pacific

Best for weather

The best of the South Pacific climate can be experience during the winter months, when heavy rain and storms are much less likely to occur.

Best for price

The South Pacific’s rainy season takes place during the summer and therefore prices for this season are sometimes considerably lower.

Recommended

A South Pacific sailing during the winter is a fantastic way to escape the cold weather across the UK and experience the beauty of this stunning region during its sunniest season.

Many ships will relocate around the globe to take advantage of the weather - for example, spending the summer in the Mediterranean and the winter in the Caribbean. Transatlantic and other repositioning cruises are available at certain times and can offer outstanding value for money.

If you'd like more information or any help with choosing your cruise, our dedicated team of expert cruise concierge will be happy to help. Just give us a call on 0207 980 2847.

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