Cruises are a great way to explore multiple destinations while enjoying all-inclusive dining and a wide range of entertainment while you sail. Cruise ships offer plenty of fun for everyone, whether you want a couples-only romantic getaway or are cruising with your extended family. With stellar weather all year long, deciding the best time to go on a cruise to the Caribbean can be tough. Below, I answer some of the most common questions about choosing a time to book a cruise.
What is the Best Month for a Caribbean Cruise?
January is one of the best times to go on a cruise. Low humidity, comfortable temperatures, breezy nights, and decreased rain chances are found throughout the Caribbean from November through April. It's also an excellent month for cruising if you want to avoid crowds. Since many people have just returned from family vacations during holiday breaks, they are less likely to take time off in January.
Plus, you'll get a welcome escape from the freezing temperatures, enjoying balmy 80-degree weather and mild ocean breezes while your friends and family shovel their driveways back home.
What Months Should You Avoid Cruising?
It is best to avoid cruising during peak hurricane season. Although hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th every year, the peak chance for tropical storm activity is in August and September. Cruising is not impossible during this time, however. Cruise lines update itineraries to avoid storms whenever possible. Also, your route may be modified if you're already on a cruise and a storm develops. If you want the best chance to cruise during these months without fear of a hurricane impacting your trip, opt for a southern Caribbean cruise to islands like Aruba or Curaçao. These islands lie under the hurricane belt and are rarely affected by storms.
When is the Most Popular Time to Go on a Caribbean Cruise?
Peak cruising season is typically November through April. Many people choose this as the best time to go on a cruise to the Caribbean. It's easy to see why: cruising during this time offers cruisers a welcome relief from freezing temperatures and snow. These months also encompass popular school vacation times like Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks.
What are the Cheapest Months to Go on a Cruise?
The best time to get great deals on cruising is during the "shoulder season," the months before and after peak season. Since peak season is typically November through April, the shoulder season is September, October, and May. September and October offer great discounts because it is peak hurricane season and a time when most families focus on getting their children into the back-to-school rhythm. May is another heavily-discounted month because it is sandwiched between the spring break season and summer. Some cruise lines offer incentives like onboard credits when you book cruises in May, especially for cruises longer than seven days.
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Whether you are visiting an Orlando area theme park or planning a cruise to the Caribbean, using a travel agent to plan your trip can help you save time, money, and stress. Here are the top five reasons you should use a travel agent to book your next vacation.
1. Save Time
One of the primary benefits of using a travel agent when planning a vacation is that we save you time. Whether you’re traveling as a couple or with a group of 15, we’ll take care of the logistics and details of getting everyone on board without spending hours ensuring everyone has the necessary reservations and documents needed to travel. You’ll also potentially save hours of getting your questions answered by far-away hotel staff, cruise sales agents, or theme park reservation centers. We also stay updated on the latest travel policies and procedures and can ensure you have everything you need to travel safely.
Life gets hectic sometimes, so it’s easy to miss travel deadlines like cruise payment installments. Travel agents monitor these deadlines as your trip approaches to ensure you’re on track to enjoy your vacation.
2. Destination Matchmaking
Travel agents are experts at matching you with incredible travel destinations. We get to know you, your family, and your desires for your vacation to help you pick a hotel, cruise line, or all-inclusive resort that fits your needs and will allow everyone to enjoy their trip. Our expert knowledge about the plethora of amazing travel locations and accommodations worldwide is one of the greatest reasons you should use a travel agent to book your trip. From intimate, romantic getaways to group adventures on a large cruise line, we can help plan it all. Once you’ve picked a destination, we’ll help you find the ideal accommodation within the resort to help you relax and unwind.
3. Concierge Service
Travel agents guide you into creating an unforgettable vacation without the stress and anxiety that comes with planning a trip on your own. We’re your one-stop point of contact for your entire trip—no need to gamble your vacation on whoever picks up the phone at a reservation center. We also provide support and assistance during your entire trip. If there is a travel hiccup or change in itinerary, we’re right there by your side to help develop an alternate plan and make arrangements as necessary. We have relationships with various travel providers to help you get answers efficiently and effectively wherever your travel plans take you.
An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner agency, like Just Add Magic Travel®, can also help you reserve dining reservations when planning a trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland. If your desired dining location isn’t available when your booking window opens, we’ll keep checking back to see if more reservations become available or if there are any cancellations. This will save you tons of time searching through available reservations on My Disney Experience.
4. Insider Tips
Expertise is one of the best reasons why you should use a travel agent. We stay up to date with the latest and greatest offerings from travel brands around the world and travel to them frequently. We use this first-hand experience and insider knowledge to help you plan every detail of your trip, from the best way to get groceries delivered to your hotel room or how to rent a stroller. We also have extensive knowledge about upgrades and special experiences for your trip, such as booking dessert parties, VIP tours, or upgrading your hotel room to Club-Level.
5. Save Money
Travel agents are always on the hunt for travel deals that would be nearly impossible to find on your own. These deals often include complimentary extras such as free nights or upgraded amenities. We also monitor deals and discounts leading up to your vacation. If a new discount or offer becomes available after you’ve booked your trip, we can often apply the discount for more savings.
Should You Use a Travel Agent? YES! Let Just Add Magic Travel Help
I’m Aileen, the owner of Just Add Magic Travel. My agency specializes in Disney destinations and Caribbean vacations. In addition to planning Disney vacations, I’m a Sandals Certified Specialist and Authorized Universal Travel Professional. I will help make your trip an amazing, unforgettable experience for you and your family. I’d love to get to know you and see how I can help make your travel dreams come true. Get a free quote for your trip to get started. Have questions? Feel free to contact me!
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