Better month for Over the top Cruise - April or July?

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 12:56 PM.
#1
Sydney, Australia
1,644 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
We are considering a cruise from Sydney to Freemantle in 2012. Two options both with Princess - one in April and one in July. Any advice? Or alternatives - we do need to embark in Sydney and are happy to fly back.

Thanks
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Colleen and Harry

Past Cruises
Princess (Pacific, Sun and Dawn) to Pacific, Fiji and New Guinea.
Statendam and Sun Princess to New Zealand.
P&O to Fiji.
Oosterdam - Solar Eclipse Cruise 2012.
#2
Australia
1,116 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
Hi, just my personnel opionion but I would go in July just in case there are any cyclones around in April,
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Cheryl


Pacific Sun 2009
Diamond Princess 2009
Pacific Dawn 2010
Rhapsody 2010
Rhapsody 2011
Radiance 2012
Voyager 2012
Rhapsody --Nov 2013
#3
Sydney
2,975 Posts
Joined Aug 2009
I agree with Cheryl. Monsoons can hang on into April
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Coming up

Ovation of the Seas - 30 Dec 16 - NZ
P&O UK Aurora - 25 Feb 17 - ADL to SYD

Been and Gone


Carnival Spirit -29 Jan 16 - Tassie
Carnival Spirit - 5 June 15 - 3 nts
Pacific Jewel - 25 January 15 - 3 nts - Australia Day
Pacific Pearl - 30 December 14 - 11 nts - NYE South Pacific
Voyager of the Seas - 25 Nov 14 - Singapore to Darwin sector
Pacific Jewel - 16 May 14 - 14 nts - Fiji/Vanuatu/New Caledonia
Celebrity Solstice - 17 Jan 14 - 3 nts
Voyager of the Seas - 27 Dec 13 - 14 nts - NYE - NZ/Fiji
Carnival Spirit - 29 OCT 13 - 8 nts - Noumea/Isle of Pines/Mare
Pacific Jewel - 24 May 13 - 3 nts - weekend
Carnival Spirit - 27 Dec 12 - NYE - Mystery Island/Suva/Port Denarau/Noumea/Isle of Pines - 12 nts
Celebrity Solstice - 09 Dec 12 / 1 nt
Radiance of the Seas - 15 Nov 12 / 2 nts
Pacific Jewel - 7 Oct 12 / 16 nts / J232 Bounty Adventure - New Caledonia/Fiji/Tonga/NORFOLK ISLAND!!!!
Freedom of the Seas - 13 May 12 - Western Caribbean
Carnival Spirit - 27 Jan 12 - San Diego to Honolulu
Rhapsody of the Seas - NYE - 27 Dec 11 - 9 nts - South Pacific
Radiance of the Seas - 22 Nov 11 / 2 nts
Pacific Jewel - 4 NOV 11 / 3 nts
Sun Princess - 28 July 11 / 2 nts - Brisbane to Sydney
Pacific Jewel - 22 July 11 / 3 nts ex Sydney - to Jervis Bay!
Pacific Dawn - July 2011 / 7 nts - ex Brissy to Noumea, Lifou, Port Vila
Pacific Pearl - April 2011 / 7 nts - Noumea, Isle of Pines
Sun Princess - April 2011 / 2 nts - Brisbane to Sydney
Rhapsody of the Seas - January 2011 / 9 nts - Cyclone Vania cruise - missed Isle of Pines replaced with Mystery Island/Noumea/Port Vila/Lifou
Pacific Jewel - Aug 2010 - South Pacific
Sun Princess - Dec 2009/10 NYE - New Zealand
Diamond Princess - Nov 2009 - BKK to SYD

Oodles of landlubber travels inbetween

Sydney Harbour Ferry
Sheraton Nile Cruise - 1986
Mingua - 1980 - cruise to nowhere
Fedor Shalyapin - Feb 1978 - South Pacific/NZ
#4
Gold Coast
9,318 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
Definitely July.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Marion
Hurtigruten - Fram - 2014 - Ushuaia to Antarctica, via Falkland Islands and South Georgia Islands.
Princess - Ocean Princess - 2013 - Dover to Iceland and Norway, via Shetland and Faroe Islands.

Princess - Ocean Princess - 2012 - Singapore to Sydney
Fred Olsen Black Watch - 2012 - The Baltic, with Norway. Dover to St. Petersburg, via Kiel Canal.
Celebrity Century - 2011 - Auckland to Sydney

CTMA Vacancier - 2011 - Montreal to Magdalen Islands. Amtrak - Toronto to New York
MSC - Poesia - 2010 - Kiel, Germany to NY. Amtrak NY to Niagara Falls, VIA Rail Toronto to Vancouver
MSC - Lirica - 2008 - Genoa, Italy to Fort Lauderdale
Royal Caribbean - Rhapsody of the Seas - 2007 - Honolulu to Sydney
Rivers of Holland Cruise - 2003 - to Amsterdam
Alaskan Marine Highway - 2003 - to most Alaskan ports of call
Star Cruises - Superstar Leo - 2003 - Sydney to Darwin
Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Naruik - 2002 - Bergen to Kirkenes
Angelina Lauro - 1971 - Sydney to Perth. Indian Pacific - Perth to Sydney (Put me off cruising for 30 years!)

P & O - Chusan - 1970 - London to Brisbane, via Africa, India and Sri Lanka (Suez closed).
Chandris Lines - Queen Frederica - 1969 - Sydney to London, via Panama, New York and Rotterdam
#5
Australia
11,274 Posts
Joined Sep 2006
If you choose July, take some warm gear as it will be chilly for about 3 days either end of the cruise. Swimming or snokelling on the reef may not be possible if you're into that. I'd opt for April to save you taking warm clothing. The cyclone season officially ends March 31.

I'd like to do this cruise as well and would definitely choose April.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Anna

Completed Cruises:
2016 Emerald Princess: Tasmania
2016 Emerald Princess: New Zealand
2016 Sun Princess: Fiji
2016 Sun Princess: Queensland Coastal
2015 Pacific Princess: Alaskan Cruisetour
2015 Pacific Princess: Pacific Coastal
2015 Pacific Princess: Panama Transit

2014 Emerald Princess:Mediterranean Medley
2014 Emerald Princess: Baltic Heritage

2013 Diamond Princess: Sydney - Beijing
2012 Diamond Princess: Bangkok - Sydney
2012 Dawn Princess: Hawaii & Tahiti
2011 Star Princess: South America
2011 Star Princess: S.America-E.Caribbean
2010 Sun Princess: SE Asia
2009 Dawn Princess: Papua New Guinea
2008 Tahitian Princess: Tahiti
2008 Sun Princess: New Zealand
2006 Pacific Star: Vanuatu

19 cruises - 275 days at sea

Upcoming Cruises:


Golden Princess - Hawaii and Tahiti - August 2017
Regal Princess - Canada and New England (Historic America 1A) - October 2018
Royal Princess- Canada and Colonial America (Maple Explorer 2B)- October 2018




EMAIL
#6
Gold Coast
9,318 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
Originally posted by MMDown Under
Definitely July.
I should have explained my reasons for suggesting July.

It rains more in April - often torrential rain.

We cancelled a planned camping trip, in a tent, up north, after I researched the amount of annual rainfall in April. Friends in a 4WD had to turn back from an around Australia trip, starting in the north, in April, because of heavy rain and flooding.

However, weather patterns can change, so just google the weather.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Marion
Hurtigruten - Fram - 2014 - Ushuaia to Antarctica, via Falkland Islands and South Georgia Islands.
Princess - Ocean Princess - 2013 - Dover to Iceland and Norway, via Shetland and Faroe Islands.

Princess - Ocean Princess - 2012 - Singapore to Sydney
Fred Olsen Black Watch - 2012 - The Baltic, with Norway. Dover to St. Petersburg, via Kiel Canal.
Celebrity Century - 2011 - Auckland to Sydney

CTMA Vacancier - 2011 - Montreal to Magdalen Islands. Amtrak - Toronto to New York
MSC - Poesia - 2010 - Kiel, Germany to NY. Amtrak NY to Niagara Falls, VIA Rail Toronto to Vancouver
MSC - Lirica - 2008 - Genoa, Italy to Fort Lauderdale
Royal Caribbean - Rhapsody of the Seas - 2007 - Honolulu to Sydney
Rivers of Holland Cruise - 2003 - to Amsterdam
Alaskan Marine Highway - 2003 - to most Alaskan ports of call
Star Cruises - Superstar Leo - 2003 - Sydney to Darwin
Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Naruik - 2002 - Bergen to Kirkenes
Angelina Lauro - 1971 - Sydney to Perth. Indian Pacific - Perth to Sydney (Put me off cruising for 30 years!)

P & O - Chusan - 1970 - London to Brisbane, via Africa, India and Sri Lanka (Suez closed).
Chandris Lines - Queen Frederica - 1969 - Sydney to London, via Panama, New York and Rotterdam
#8
Brisbane Australia
1,824 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
We did this cruise in April 2009 - Sydney - Freo

Absolutely perfect weather all trip

Roughest conditions were a slight swell going out of Sydney Heads! Every where else was perfectly calm.

As part of my pre trip planning I read a report from a couple who did the Fre- Sydney cruise in April 2008 and they experienced similar fantastic weather.

Cannot comment about July, but I have to recommend April just from my experience

cheers
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Flipper




Previous Cruises:

SS Australis 1974 (Shirley to Aust as 10pound Pom)
P&O UK 1986 -2001 - Many times
Sapphire Princess Auk-Syd - Jan 05
Sapphire Princess Syd-Auk - Feb 07
Murray Princess - Murray River - Nov 07
Sun Princess (Northern Explorer) - Apr 09
Sun Princess - Bne - NZ RT NYE Cruise Dec 11/Jan 12
Sun Princess Syd - Bne 22-24 Oct 2012 (a quickie)
Celebrity Solstice Perth-Syd (via Bali) Feb/Mar 013
Carnival Spirit - Syd-Tas-Syd Feb 2014 (with GD Katrina)
Celebrity Solstice Auk - Syd Dec 2014 (with 2 x Grandkids !)