Posted December 15th, 2012, 06:55 PM
Last edited by cruisemom42; December 15th, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Up to this year I would have said November in the Med is great and sunny and warm, but since this last cruise I know it can be different too. For the last 5 years, the Med in November was 17-24 °C (63-75 F°), but this year we had temperatures between 2 and 8 °C (35-45 °C), and it was not dry and sunny either.....We even took a ships panorama tour in Rome because it was too freezing to DIY. We were told by locals they had never seen weather this cold for many years either.
Yes, weather can certainly vary!
When I responded earlier to this thread (in 2007!), we'd had good weather on our cruise. Since then, I've been on 4 more Med cruises from mid October to mid November. The weather has varied from hot (October in Alexandria and Israel) to cool, windy and rainy.
In October 2012, it was so windy and rough that the ship could not dock in Civitavecchia -- so no Rome. I've been to Rome enough times to not be bitterly disappointed, but some must have been. In Livorno, it rained all day (we went to Florence on our own and then on to Fiesole to see the Roman ruins -- it was so wet that we could barely even take photos.)
Both times I've been to Palermo in late October it has rained all day.
In Fall 2011, the weather on the seas was definitely not smooth. We had our "Welcome Aboard" party cancelled twice due to rough weather -- they didn't want folks walking around in heels, nor waiters carrying trays of food and drinks in those seas..... When we were tied up at Rhodes overnight, the waves crashing over the dock were incredible.
All that said, all the other cruises and ports not mentioned were fine, and I'd much rather take my chances with rainy, cool weather in order to have fewer crowds.
The Western Med weather is more apt to be cool and rainy in that time period than the Eastern Med, but in the long run, you cannot predict what the weather will be for ANY cruise at ANY time of year....