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Old October 24th, 2013, 11:56 AM
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If you had no barriers (job, vacation, kids $$$, weather) what is the perfect month for you to go on an annual cruise?

When I lived in the North, I would always bid vacation for the 2nd or 3rd week of January to escape the brutal cold, snow and dark winter nights...on the first sea day, the Captain would make his noon ship location announcement and the "temp"...and then would read off the cities in the North that were represented onboard ( Chicago -10, International Falls MN -20 with 30 inches of snow etc.) There would be a huge cheer from each City he announced...that's when I knew I loved cruising
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I have always enjoyed going in March, for the same reasons as you...It is still plenty cold here in the Midwest then, but a far much better chance of having no flying issues due to weather...Plus, the Caribbean is nice and warm. I almost prefer cruising in Alaska in July, just for the sheer beauty of it, may be my next cruise.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 12:21 PM
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November and January.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 12:58 PM
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Anytime really....as long as the rate is good....
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The first or second week in December.
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No barriers? Over Christmas and New Years for sure.
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We have always cruised late November to mid December however I believe for our next cruise on the Allure we will give February a try. I try to cruise when there are less kids because in book the less kids the better
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I'm with seadog on this one - we like the first or second week in December because not only do we get good rates, but everyone is shopping and getting ready for Christmas, so they're not thinking about taking kids on a cruise. Always a great crowd, no kids, and usually plenty of space. Plus, the ships are usually decorated making for a very festive environment.

Second best time would be in May to Alaska or September to Europe or Asia.

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March Break, because I am pretty fed up with winter by then! However, my 2nd choice is what I'm doing this year, November. I hate November. It is cold, wet, miserable, with no redeeming qualities whatsoever, no special holidays, no more beautiful fall leaves, just the promise (or threat) of snow coming. I am going to enjoy the next 2 weeks in the Caribbean!

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As a truck driver, freight generally slows down in the winter months Jan-March. I like to cruise in February the best, to get away from the cold!

We have cruised several times the end of Nov - early Dec. and as others have said, it is a great time to cruise because prices are cheaper and kids are in school.
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The thread is not about "when do you cruise?"... that question has been answered a thousand times here.

The question is: "when WOULD you cruise?" if (hypothetically) there were no barriers such as job schedule, cost etc.
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The question was not when 'would' you cruise, it specifically asked, "...what is the perfect month for you to go on an annual cruise?"

For us, the perfect month is when we do cruise because we go when it's perfect for us. So for us, 'would' and 'do' are the same thing.

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Sorry I misread an EXCELLENT question to be just more of the same.... oh well.
(But I guess the reference to "barriers" has no meaning in your interpretation....)
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We have no barriers other then money, and even if this wasn't a barrier we would still cruise the same time of the year I mentioned before.

I have no desire to cruise in the summer months, early Fall is hurricane season so that is out, and I just have never felt a want to cruise in the spring.

Only exception to this would be a Alaska or Aussie cruise!
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Cruising in Europe is a different story...in 2002 when we cruised out of Venice it was early September and perfect weather, no crowds...in 2010 we did a River cruise in the South of France in early April and weather was awesome with no crowds...plus the airfare was low
p.s. if you have never tried a River cruise in Europe, I would highly recommend it...we did our Maine Windjammer cruise in early May 2013 (pre season) and the weather was nice

Because we do the smooth jazz cruises now we are subject to their schedule which is October or early November which is hurricane season ...the good news is that by design, the promoter arranges that we are the only ship in port....also, 95% of the guests are onboard for the music, not the ports, if due to weather we miss a port or go to an alternative port, no one cares
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I would consider my best time to be Christmas to New Year's Day followed by Halloween. A perfect getaway from the chilly weather.
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A winter getaway is the best for us. Even though we are hearty Minnesotans we love that mid-winter break. Wherever it is will be warmer. Even the Antarctic.

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Mike...I've been to Goose Bay Labador, Fargo ND and visited International Falls, MN in July, which was the coldest day in my life

Living in the deep South has not changed my outlook on the best month to cruise....it's January for me)..ironic, my cruising buddy lives in Detroit...she refuses to do a cruise to Alaska in the summer (or ever) because it doesn't have beaches with sand and hot sun
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