When is the best time to cruise?

I know ANY TIME is the best time to cruise, but with my work and demands, the busiest time is July through beginning of September when time off is not usually approved, and OT is "required" to meet the needs. I've got my eyes on some Caribbean cruises from September through December, but my only times I've cruised were in July and April/May.

Just looking for some feedback from veterans on experience and preference on sail dates. Has the weather still been warm and beautiful during typical winter in the northeast? Were the seas rough during hurricane season?

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7 Answers

The last few years I've cruised the Caribbean in February - still beautiful weather and not too hot.

I prefer late January early February to the Caribbean. Gives a nice break from the cold and that is one of the cheaper times of year.

I have had a couple of late October cruises and they were nice but then the winter after was long.

I would try to avoid the March April early May time frame as many families with kids take those times so prices are up, things are crowded and there are lots of kids.

We did a cruise at Christmas time once. We were on a Honduras beach on Christmas Day. The ship was all decked out and had gingerbread houses all over the place that were made by children who had cruised prior to us. Santa even showed up in a Hawaiian shirt and shorts. The first day at sea was kind of cold, windy blowing and rain. Most stayed in. But as we got further down south it was very nice. I laid out on deck in Cozumel and there were butterflies flying thru the deck. The only problem is dressing for winter before you leave and re dressing for winter when you return. You don't know how cold it is in December where you live until you go to the islands. I don't like the winter cold and didn't like returning to a cold coat that I had stored in my car for the ride home.

We have been cruising in February "Hawaii", May " Panama Canal" April " Bermuda"

However, the real best time to cruise is " ANYTIME!!!"

Hurricane season is typically June through November. We like to cruise around Jan-Feb. Typical NYers. We have cruised in August to Bermuda.

My preference is late September early October. Couple of reasons are because 1. Kids are back in school so you are no overrun by little ones and teenagers and college students and 2. Because the weather is still quite hot and being from Canada, we appreciate the heat in October.

I do know that for sure, cruising in early January will not happen again as it is always too hectic to plan for Christmas and then shift gears and go on a cruise. We also found that it was substantially cooler that time of year.

Just did the Bahama's on the May 5th cruise, weather was great, not to hot and not to humid. We did have some light rain in Florida but did not stop us from seeing the Kennedy Space Center. Last October we did the Caribbean and it was so humid it was not comfortable. Also watch out for hurricane season June to end of November.

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