Best Time For A Caribbean Cruise

Welcome to the Caribbean. Brilliant-blue seas, sugary sands, and shimmering reefs are year-round delights and so the best time of year for a Caribbean cruise is…anytime. Consider what’s important to you. Is it the weather, the crowds or the price? Our Caribbean cruises offer plenty of options, from three-day and week-long voyages to holiday cruises and ambitious expeditions. And we have deals going all the time, so rest assured, you’ll get a great value.

What is the best month to cruise the Caribbean? 

Mid-December through mid-March is the best time of year, weather-wise to cruise the Caribbean. The Caribbean dry season is mid-December through mid-March and the high tourist season is mid-December to mid-April. Caribbean weather is at its peak and many are trying to escape brrr-utal winters. Expect little rainfall and average lows in the 70s, highs in the 80s. This is the ideal time for families with hectic schedules to take a holiday or spring break cruise.

What is the best time for a Caribbean cruise to avoid the crowds?

Late spring or fall, May or October/November. If you want to sidestep the hordes of sunscreen-slathered vacationers that descend on the islands each year, consider the shoulder season in late spring or fall, May or October-November. You can bask in the warm temps and sunshine and won’t have to duke it out for a beach lounger. 

Keep in mind that weather is region-dependent and the best time to cruise to the Western Caribbean is different, as their rainy season starts in May. If you want a romantic getaway in relative quiet, plan your cruise for when school is in session to avoid noisy kiddos and raucous spring breakers. 

What is the cheapest time of year to go on a Caribbean cruise? 

Late summer and fall, a.k.a. hurricane season. The Caribbean weather is mid-to-upper 80s and June is one of the wettest months in the islands. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, with September and October as the peak months. Some Southern Caribbean cruise destinations, such as Bonaire, Aruba and Barbados are rarely threatened by hurricanes as these islands are closer to the equator.

What is the most festive time of year for a Caribbean cruise? 

The Caribbean is full of festivities all year, but holiday cruises to the Caribbean really rev up the excitement on ship and ashore. Barbados has a well-earned reputation for a proper New Year’s blowout and many Caribbean islands celebrate Carnival with live music, parades, and feathery garb. You can find a Carnival celebration almost any time of year. 

The best time to cruise the Caribbean is now. Enjoy an enriching experience, fine dining and world-class entertainment on our dream Caribbean cruises