With a world of options, there’s never a bad time to go on a cruise. It’s simply a matter of knowing what’s on offer in each season.
It wasn’t that long ago when the cruise choices out of Australia were, well, rather shallow. Very few, if any large cruise ships were based in Australia and the itineraries on offer were typically limited to the South Pacific islands.
In decades past, when a grand ship visited our shores, it would create headlines such was uniqueness of the occasion.
Today, with a multitude of cruise lines venturing Downunder and with an even greater number of ships being based here year round, finding that perfect sea-going adventure is easier than ever.
The same can be said for other parts of the world. Even in the cruise capitals of the U.S. and Europe, the wave of new ships being launched and the exciting new itineraries being offered, have created a cruise frenzy like never before.
When is the best time to cruise?
But with so many fascinating cruise types on offer and with hundreds of destinations and routings to choose from, just when is the best time to go?
With any holiday, even land based ones, what you want, and what you expect, is a smooth journey. But let’s face it, when it comes to flying or cruising, weather is bound to be a factor from time to time.
For a cruise, the weather can even effect when certain types of cruises will be offered. For Alaska or European river cruises for example, most only operate during the warmer weather months – generally between April or May and October.
Likewise, even cruise itineraries operating in tropical climates contend with varying weather conditions.
In winter for instance, sea conditions can be choppy. But don’t worry, most travellers needn’t worry about rougher sea conditions as today’s modern cruise ships are fitted with numerous state-of-the-art features to ease any unwanted motions created by the swell.
Even the smaller ships are equipped with such advancements as wave and drag reducing bulbous bows and revolutionary stabilisers that can be extended or retracted as necessary.
Of course, you can throw a bit of good ol’ fashion navigation into the mix as well as the crew will select the most comfortable route option whenever possible.
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