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Best time to cruise the Caribbean

I’m planning another cruise to the Caribbean. I’m pretty open to anytime of the year and I’m letting cruise prices steer me to a specific date but how do I know if it’s a good time to cruise in the Caribbean?

The most important thing to keep in mind is Caribbean hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1st to November 30th. October has the most frequent occurrence of hurricanes and June is second. Of course, this doesn’t mean that a hurricane won’t hit outside of these dates but it’s much more likely to occur within these dates. It also doesn’t mean you shouldn’t travel to the Caribbean during this time period but if you do, make sure you have good travel insurance. Learn more about hurricane season in the Caribbean.

Chris hates hot weather so he wants us to avoid the hottest months. This is a great web site that shows the Average Weather in Caribbean by Month for the Caribbean’s most popular cities so you can look up the cruise ports you’ll be visiting and what the weather will be like. It turns out the hottest months are summer, which overlaps with hurricane season.

Finally, even if you don’t have kids like us, knowing the school holidays is important. Caribbean cruises tend to cost more when kids are out of school (holidays, summer vacation, and spring break) and will likely be more crowded as well.

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