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Hello, we are thinking of taking the Turkey/Greece cruise mid September. Unfortunately I recently developed vertigo and am concerned about sea sickness. This September we sailed to Spain (Seabourn Legend) across the Gulf of Lyon and I was confined to bed for a day and felt somewhat sick for the rest of the trip. I have since learned that area is quite frequently rough in September. So, I am wondering if you have any input with respect to sea conditions on this Turkey/Greece sailing during that time. Thank you!
We sailed on another cruise line last year the last 2 weeks of September from Istanbul to Athens. We had wonderful weather and felt no movement at all while on ship. The seas were very calm. In fact, it was a touch on the warm side, especially in Turkey. The only time we had any motion was in tendering to one of the Greek ports. You might want to skip tendering if it is looks bouncy, but otherwise, it should be good.
We have cruised Greece/Turkey twice on Seabourn on the small ships in mid to late September. I only recall one rough sea day and that was enroute to Crete. If you are are concerned make sure to book a suite midship at the lowest of the three passenger decks.
We sailed from Istanbul to Athens in early October and had absolutely wonderful weather and calm seas for the most part. The only choppy time was the final night when we sailed through a storm at higher speeds to get from Milos to Athens. Even then it probably wasn't that bad but my balance was a bit off from toasting the last night on the ship A LOT!
If you cruise in the Med and the Aegean after the first week in September their is an increased risk of highwinds. Cruise lines are marketing september, October and even November as a great time to cruise in the Med: it isnt and I would avoid .Of course many folk have had great trips and calm seas but the later in the season you are the higher the risk of wind and rain.
May and June optimum time with July August next if you dont mind higher temps.
From mid-September on, there is a risk of enduring the meltemi winds (called the mistral in France). They can be very strong and would make tendering difficult and the seas very choppy. We were staying in one of the Dodecanese islands for two weeks in mid-September and the meltemi blew for three straight days. But they might not at all, so you take a chance.
If you are very concerned, listen to adoctor and go in May-June. If you plan to go swimming, go in June. The water is a little chilly in May.
We have done four cruises now in the Med/Adriatic in late September and have not encountered rough seas at all. Maybe we have been very lucky and I have probably now put a jinx on this year's trip but that has been our experience. I'm sure you will be OK with good medication, and avoid the tenders if it is a bit rough. Happy sailing!!