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Pros & cons
of the Mediterranean
The best time of the year to go on a Mediterranean cruise depends on your personal priorities. Read the pros & cons below.
June to August
Least rain. Most itineraries. Period dovetails with school vacations.
Ports and popular attractions are packed with tourists. Temperatures can be uncomfortably hot. Cruise and air rates are their highest. Ship, itinerary and cabin availability are usually scarce or non-existent (unless you book early).
August. Ports are jammed with tourists (most Europeans go on vacations in August). The sun is usually at its hottest.
Spring or fall season
Mid-April to May
September to mid-October
Uncrowded ports and attractions. Lower cruise and air rates. Less competition for bookings. Comfortable temperatures.
Schedule conflict for families with school-age children.
Mid- to late-September. Next best is late-May to early-June.
Late-October to mid-April
Temperatures are comfortable for visiting Madeira, Canary Islands, Morocco, and Egypt.
Chilly or frigid in northern Mediterranean ports.
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Top 10 Mediterranean Ports of Call
1 Civitavecchia Gateway to Rome
2 Piraeus Gateway to Athen
3 Venice Italy
4 Livorno Gateway to Florence
6 Dubrovnik Croatia
7 Naples Gateway to Pompeii + more
8 Marseille Gateway to Provence
9 Nice Gateway to French Riviera
10 Malaga Spain
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