Whether you are actually a beginner or repeat cruiser, you can never get enough of visiting new ports. Timing is critical when booking a cruise. To save bucks, you need to be a savvy shopper. See below three places you cannot miss and the best time to cruise.
Summer is undoubtedly the most popular season for cruising the Bahamas, i.e. December through March. You are more likely to rub elbows with wild youths and pay more. To escape crowded ports and noisy ships, book a cruise around April to May, just before the hurricanes (they start in June).
August offers sunshine and toasty weather along Nassau and Freeport beaches, but these places will be crowded since visitors are in a holiday mood. To save money, book a Bahamian cruise during the off-season, i.e. late April, September, October, and early November. Most students are in school and many people busy at work.
Cruising the Hawaiian islands in summer or early fall is fun. Summer is the most crowded, as most tourists are on school vacations, and others are celebrating honeymoons. Cruises are often cheaper from November to February.
Lobster dining, blueberry pies, harbor seals, and breathtaking fall foliage are some of the reasons to embark on a cruise to New England. Summer cruises are full of sea breezes and sunshine; perfect for whale watching, kayaking, and admiring sailboats in the harbor.
Enjoy warm temperatures in New England by booking a cruise from June to early September. If you love foliage viewing, you might want to be in New England around mid-September through October. May to late October has the lowest rates, but you will not enjoy the onboard swimming pool that much.
Looking forward to a sunny cruise vacation to the US coast? Even though some islands offer a pleasant year-round climate, you must plan ahead. The best time depends on your budget, expectations, weather, and who is accompanying you.