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Poll: What is the best week for a Mediterranean cruise?
Poll Results
What is the best week for a Mediterranean cruise?

September 1st
2
11.11%

September 8th
2
11.11%

September 15th
4
22.22%

September 22nd
4
22.22%

September 29th
3
16.67%

October 6th
2
11.11%

October 13th
0
0%

October 20th
1
5.56%

October 27th
0
0%

November 3rd
1
5.56%

November 10th
0
0%

November 17th
0
0%

November 24th
0
0%

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#1
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What is the best week for a Mediterranean cruise? Thanks in advance!
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#2
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I think any of the weeks in September/ October would be fine. Kids are back in school, but the weather will be still nice and warm. If you like cooler temps, go in October. I LOVE the heat, so we went in August.
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#3
Romsey England
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Of the dates you quote, September & mebbe into October, after that the weather is unreliable.
But much will depend on where in the Med & whether your itinerary is city-based or resort-based. Cities (Barca, Rome, Venice, Athens) will be OK later & tourist attractions less-crowded, Cairo will be much better (cooler) later, but resorts (eg French Riviera, Spanish Costas, Greek islands) will have a tired out-of-season atmosphere.
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#4
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Originally posted by John Bull
Of the dates you quote, September & mebbe into October, after that the weather is unreliable.
But much will depend on where in the Med & whether your itinerary is city-based or resort-based. Cities (Barca, Rome, Venice, Athens) will be OK later & tourist attractions less-crowded, Cairo will be much better (cooler) later, but resorts (eg French Riviera, Spanish Costas, Greek islands) will have a tired out-of-season atmosphere.
JB
We're planning on two weeks of back-to-back Western (Spain/Italy/France) and Eastern (Greek Isles) Mediterranean cruises.
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#5
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Originally posted by aohkay
I think any of the weeks in September/ October would be fine. Kids are back in school, but the weather will be still nice and warm. If you like cooler temps, go in October. I LOVE the heat, so we went in August.
I think we should do September. We don't want hot. But we don't want cool. We want warm. And we definitely want no/few kids.
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#6
Romsey England
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Originally posted by allisons
I think we should do September. We don't want hot. But we don't want cool. We want warm. And we definitely want no/few kids.
I concur

JB
#7
Cincinnati, OH
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Joined Jun 2008
Early September still is too hot IMO; I was sweltering in Istanbul on our first cruise which embarked on September 8. (Note that the seas are smoother in early June, particularly in the Eastern Med where the meltemi winds could cost you a few tender ports.)
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#8
Columbus, Ohio
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Joined Mar 2006
Originally posted by CintiPam
Early September still is too hot IMO; I was sweltering in Istanbul on our first cruise which embarked on September 8. (Note that the seas are smoother in early June, particularly in the Eastern Med where the meltemi winds could cost you a few tender ports.)
Agree with the smart comments by the ever-wise Pam from Cincinnati.

I checked that first week in October. September can be fairly busy (so many people waiting until after the summer rush/crush is over) and it could be hot during that month. November might be get a little cool and/or have some places closing up as it is close to or at the end of the season. There are trade-offs and luck involved for guessing the right, perfect time.

June has worked very well for us. Mid June in 2006 for Athens to Istanbul for Greek Island and Turkish Coast and June 7-19 from Barcelona doing Italy, Croatian Coast. June is busy and nice, but not too busy or hot. That is what work for us both times.

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio


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#9
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Originally posted by TLCOhio
Agree with the smart comments by the ever-wise Pam from Cincinnati.

I checked that first week in October. September can be fairly busy (so many people waiting until after the summer rush/crush is over) and it could be hot during that month. November might be get a little cool and/or have some places closing up as it is close to or at the end of the season. There are trade-offs and luck involved for guessing the right, perfect time.

June has worked very well for us. Mid June in 2006 for Athens to Istanbul for Greek Island and Turkish Coast and June 7-19 from Barcelona doing Italy, Croatian Coast. June is busy and nice, but not too busy or hot. That is what work for us both times.

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio


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That is very helpful! The first week in October might be perfect.
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#10
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We were aiming for beginning of October as well, for slightly cooler temps and less tourism/aka kids. But found out from airlines that "high season" is considered until October 15, and then cost in $$ and if using FF miles, goes down. So we booked mid October based on airfare.
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#11
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Originally posted by buddylover
We were aiming for beginning of October as well, for slightly cooler temps and less tourism/aka kids. But found out from airlines that "high season" is considered until October 15, and then cost in $$ and if using FF miles, goes down. So we booked mid October based on airfare.
Excellent point on the airline cost and/or frequent flyer points difference. Another good factor to consider. Much also depends on southern Europe versus the northern parts of the Med.

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio


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#12
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Originally posted by buddylover
We were aiming for beginning of October as well, for slightly cooler temps and less tourism/aka kids. But found out from airlines that "high season" is considered until October 15, and then cost in $$ and if using FF miles, goes down. So we booked mid October based on airfare.
Thank you! That's helpful! The expensive flights to Europe will be a factor! Ugh!
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