When Is The Best Time To Cruise?

Asking yourself when is the best time to cruise?

The simple answer is it depends. It all comes down to your priorities, what you want to experience, and your budget. For the best deals think about travelling in the shoulder season (the time between the peak and low season). You may have the occasional rainy day or fewer wildlife sightings but there will be more sailing dates and cabin options.

To know the best time for your next cruise, consider your desired destination, weather conditions, and your top experiences. Take a look at the breakdown we’ve prepared to help you book your cruise easily. 


Our Take


Best Deals: May, August to September
Best Weather: June and July

The weather is still cool so there may be the occasional rainy day but travelling outside the school holidays increases the likelihood of special offers.

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North America

Best Deals: June to the first week of September
Best Weather: June to August

Travelling around North America in Autumn is a bonus for many reasons, first, you will get to experience all of the leaves changing colour and second you will save travelling outside of the peak time.

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Best Deals: October to the first week of December
Best Weather: May to August

Consider early Autumn (late September) when the weather is mild and fewer kids onboard to make the most of your Hawaiian cruise.

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Best Deals: June to November (Watch out for hurricane season)
Best Weather: December to June

Hurricanes can spoil your vacation in the worst way possible. Book during the best weather as much as possible.

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Mexican Riviera

Best Deals: September and January
Best Weather: November to the end of February

There really is no bad time to cruise Mexico, you will have more rain during their wet season.

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South America

Best Deals: November, late April to early May
Best Weather: December and January

There is no bad time to cruise is South America, but it is a good idea to plan your trip around festivals or events for example Carnival is not to be missed.

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Panama Canal

Best Deals: Early January, April, and September
Best Weather: December to February

There really is no bad time to travel the Panama Canal, there will be the occasional rain during the wet season in November.

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Northern Europe

Best Weather: May to August

Northern Europe is only open for cruises a few months out of the year, make sure to book in early to secure your date.

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Shelley Pickup


Shelley has 20 years experience in the travel industry starting in airline reservations, moving on to 15 years experience focusing on Groups and Product. Shelley is passionate about all things tour and cruise and loves creating amazing travel packages. She also has first hand experience as a tour host, accompanying group touring clients to some wonderful destinations around the world. Shelley is very close with her large group of family and friends.

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