Summertime is almost over, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t plan our next vacation – I already have mine booked for the fall! There are many reasons why taking a cruise vacation in the fall or winter is a good idea. And then there are reasons why it may not be such a great idea.
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We mostly travel in the shoulder season and for us, it’s quite possibly the best time to vacation. There are a few places we have yet to experience because summer would be the best time, so eventually, we will shuffle around our vacation time. For now, fall is our favorite time to cruise and we have one coming up to the Southern Caribbean.
So, if you’re contemplating a vacation this winter or fall, here are some pros and cons to mull over.
Pros of Cruising in the Fall and Winter
- Summer is over and kids are back to school. Which means fewer children on the ships.
- It’s the adult’s turn to plan a romantic cruise without the kiddos.
- Fewer crowds. Don’t know about you, but I prefer not to be bumping into everyone on the pool deck or waiting in long lines to get food.
- Prices drop because summer is over and the demand for those family vacations aren’t as high. Best time to take advantage of discounted cruise rates.
- Depending on where you’re cruising from or to (Canada or New England), you’ll be able to experience the fall foliage in all its glory. Think of all the beautiful colors of fall.
- Or you’re like me, you and the cold are not best friends, so you can cruise to where there is warmth, like the Caribbean.
- The heat in the Caribbean and Mexico isn’t as harsh as it is in the summertime. Still hot enough to sunbathe and frolic at the beach.
- Just like a land vacation, it’s the best time for a European cruise. The weather is just starting to call down the beginning of the fall and the sights are slightly less crowded.
- The seasons in Australia and New Zealand are opposite from ours here in the US. Therefore, our Fall is their Springtime and our Winter is their Summertime. Time to cruise the New Zealand Fjords.
- If you refused to plan that trip to the Caribbean or Mexico because of the possibility of a hurricane ruining your cruise itinerary (always buy cruise insurance), don’t worry because hurricane season ends on Nov 30th. You can plan that winter cruise! Leave the snow behind for some white sand and turquoise views of the ocean.
Have you ever experience cruising during a holiday?
- New Year’s Eve
After reading about the festivities on the ships, it is on my bucket list and you should add it onto yours too.
Imagine the magic of the holiday decor around the ship! The Christmas trees, the massive gingerbread houses, and full spreads of delicious foods without having to lift a finger in the kitchen. Don’t know about you, but not having to bust my ass in the kitchen is definitely a plus for me!
Ringing in the New Year with family and a new set of friends in the middle of the ocean with some bubbly and the band playing in the background.
Ahh, it all sounds like a magical celebration!
Cons of Cruising in the Fall and Winter
- Hurricane season continues until the end of November.
- Cruises to Alaska come to a halt as the season ends in September.
- Kids are in school for the most part, so family vacations are put on hold until the next break.
- The weather may or may not cooperate. Some islands are in their rainy seasons. Like Roatan, every time we visit in the fall we were told that it’s typical for that time of year. In Europe, it gets cold, so forget sunbathing.
- If the weather isn’t cooperating that most likely means rough seas. It’s not fun for anyone.
- During high seasons, all shops are open and all excursions are available. Low seasons you won’t have the same options.
- A family vacation during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday sounds like a blast, but the cruise fares are high yet again. Ugh.
Did you decide on a fall or winter cruise?
If you have any other reason why you love to take that cruise vacation in the winter or fall that I didn’t think of, shout it out in the comments!
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