One of the most popular questions we get here is “when should we Cruise Europe?” That is a good yet complex question to answer. The first item you want to take care of is to decide where in Europe would you like to go?
May to October is the peak season for cruising in Europe, when the weather is nice and the days are long. There are beautiful gardens in bloom and bustling parks to stroll through. You can dine alfresco or visit one of the many street fairs. The crowds may be larger during the summer but the weather is pleasant and the days are long. Remember that if you are going on a cruise in northern Europe, the days will be much longer; up to 20 hours in some parts of Scandinavia.
Christmas time river cruises are an entirely different experience than a summer cruise. Holiday decorated markets brighten the crisp air, and there is always the possibility of a blanket of white when you wake up in port. If you like your vacations filled with amazing shopping, snuggling by the hearth and eating local foods, then a Christmas river Cruise may just be your ticket.
Spring and fall can sometimes provide the best value in cruising and are great times to take a Mediterranean or Greek Isles Cruise. Warm temperatures during the day and mild evenings allow you to enjoy both the ports of call as well as evenings out on the ship. These milder months also allow you to take advantage of the days at sea, either lounging poolside, or just getting some sun.
Whatever time of year you decide to take your European Cruise be sure to weigh out all your options and feel free to ask a cruise expert, they will be more than happy to assist you in finding the best location and time of year for your cruise.