The summer cruise season is here, and that means lots of choices for cruise vacations – but, you’ll need to act fast to get the itinerary, ship and dates you want.
Summer is prime time for cruising the southeastern coast of Alaska, as daytime temperatures can rise into the 60s and 70s. If you delay just a bit and sail in September, you’re likely to see some fresh snow decorating the mountains and perhaps some stunning Northern Lights: however, snow may also limit the number of available shore excursions.
New England and Maritime Canada used to be popular for cruising only in autumn, when turning leaves create stunning panoramas of color. Now, this region’s cruise ports begin to hum with activity in early summer. The fine weather and warmer temperatures make it a great time to explore historic ports and enjoy the beaches, fishing and other water-based activities along the Atlantic coast.
The beauty of the Mediterranean Sea and the ports that ring it are in full force during the summer, and a number of ships reposition there from their winter homes in the Caribbean. In the eastern Mediterranean, the whitewashed buildings of the Greek Isles glow in the sun all summer long – in fact, a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen are “musts” on your cruise packing list. In the Western Mediterranean, summer brings weather that’s perfect for touring the attractions and enjoying the outdoor cafes of ports like Naples, Marseilles and Barcelona.
In Northern Europe, the people of Scandinavia and the Baltic countries tend to live outdoors as much as possible during the summer, as the winters can be quite cold and snowy. You’ll find lots of open-air cafes, food carts and outdoor entertainment as you explore this region’s cruise ports.
There are more terrific choices for summer cruising, including the island of Bermuda, the South Pacific (it’s winter there, which is drier than summer and still warm), and European or Asian river cruises. And, even though some ships depart the Caribbean to spend summer in other parts of the world, it’s still a wonderful time to enjoy the Caribbean’s turquoise waters, soft sands and warm breezes.
For details on any of these summer cruise destinations, talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert soon!