We're planning a Caribbean cruise for 2002 with some friends and were wondering when the best time for that area is. We've been to the Eastern and Western Caribbean before in April and May respectively. The weather and seas in April were great, and May was ok, a little rainy.
The weather sites show the months with the least rain are February and March, but are the seas rougher at that time? I've read some reviews of cruises over the past couple of months (Jan & Feb) that said the seas were pretty bad.
Or..... is it just the luck of the draw.... :-).
The Caribbean Sea is very sheltered, so I can't imagine the rough seas there unless there's a hurricane in the region. That certainly is not a problem at any time during the late fall, the winter, or the early spring. Hurricane season officially extends from June to November, but its peak is August and September. A trip in January, February, or March has virtually no risk at all of encountering rough seas.
We have sailed the last week in February (school vacation in NH) and at least 3 times around the 3/18 week to the end of March. Weather and seas have always been great. Of course I choose a larger 70,000 ton ship or greater, but the seas still have been calm, the air & Temp. delightful and very little rain (some but it cleared rather quickly). RCI, Celebrity & Princess offer a great variety in ships, itinerary, options and great service. Check them out.
If you're all adults (not taking children), it is hard to beat early May. Zero threat of a hurricane, and you are a lot less likely to encounter any type of school holiday. After May, all bets are off...the kids are out of school. March and April, you're taking a chance of running into a spring break. Nothing against kids, but as single adults, my friends and I are less into the "family" type cruise.