Poll Position: Seasonal Sailing

December 11, 2012 | By | 1 Comment

As the late-fall chill sets in, it’s gotten the folks here at Cruise Critic thinking about voyages to warmer climes. But that doesn’t mean cold-weather sailings don’t have merit. It had us wondering which season is best for setting sail.
What we asked: What’s the best time of year to cruise?
What they said: Nearly half — 45 percent — of voters said winter is the best time to cruise. Spring and fall were tied, each garnering 24 percent of the responses. Summer finished last with about 7 percent.
What it all means: Nothing beats the winter blues like sitting in the warm sun on the deck of a ship with a fruity drink as you watch the world float past, and our readers on Facebook agree: “We love to go during the winter to escape the cold,” says Shauna Bushong. “Really breaks up the season & makes it go by faster.”
Susan Meyers agrees, but for different reasons: “Kids are in school, no hurricanes and rates are lower.”
However, not all prefer packing their bags when the snow flies. “We like fall (late October),” adds Rose DeConti Weed. “Makes for a nice extension of our … summer!”
Finally, there are die-hard cruisers like Sherry Busche-Randol, who don’t discriminate. “Anytime is cruise time!” she says.
What do you think: winter, spring, summer or fall? Be sure to leave your comments below.
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    One Response to “Poll Position: Seasonal Sailing”

    1. Pam
      December 18th, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

      Nobody’s talking about sailing on actual sailing ships. Our favorite vacation was our week-long sailing cruise in the British Virgin Islands on the 3-masted, 165 foot Arabella. She is all about low-key relaxing and casual dining – no dress codes, tvs, nightclubs, fitness rooms or off-Broadway shows on this ship! Max capacity 41 people instead of thousands. One dinner seating, great food, great service throughout, excellent off-boat excursion options included snorkeling, diving, hiking, kayaking, and really getting to know the people you’re cruising with and the awesome Captain, First Mate and crew. Tons of itineraries to choose from – can’t wait to go again!

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