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When is the best time to go on a cruise?

One of the joys of cruising is making the most of a country's seasonality, whether you're hoping to see a whale breach in Antarctica or sail through the Seychelles on calm waters. Our specialists can advise you on the best time to take a cruise holiday depending on your preferences - you might like to make the most of the cooler temperatures on the Nile in November or see baby iguanas hatch on the Galapagos in May.

If there's a specific month you'd like to travel, there's likely to be a cruise to suit your interests, be it a river cruise, expedition ship, private catamaran or traditional schooner. From our extensive experience, we can suggest the best routings, as well as arranging additional seasonal activities before or after you embark on your cruise.

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Month-by-month guide for travelling on cruises

Chinstrap penguins on Half Moon Island

Travelling on cruises in January - February

It’s the height of the southern hemisphere summer, and Antarctic and South Georgia expedition cruises are in full swing. The days are long, and wildlife — including seals, penguins and seabirds — is active.

This is also the optimum time to sail the Caribbean, with long dry days and calm trade winds.

Meanwhile in Asia, the Mekong and Ayeyarwady are at high enough levels to support river cruising, providing access to floating markets, colonial towns and landmarks such as the temples of Bagan.

New Zealand’s fjords are in peak summer lushness, and it’s a good time to observe dolphins and fur seals.

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