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Old November 18th, 2006, 06:35 PM
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We're wondering when the weather wouldn't be too hot, but still not too cool?? Any advice? We'd like to be able to wear shorts/swim.

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Old November 19th, 2006, 08:26 PM
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We're wondering when the weather wouldn't be too hot, but still not too cool?? Any advice?
The Mediterranean region is very hot and humid in July, August, and early September. The best times to go there are (1) May and early June and (2) late September through November.

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We'd like to be able to wear shorts/swim.
The Mediterranean is the wrong destination for that agenda.

>> 1. The beaches, even on the French and Italian rivieras, tend to be less than ideal for swimming.

>> 2. The main attractions of the region are art, architecture, culture, history, and cuisine -- and most ports of call have so much of these that shore excursions tend to leave the ship soon after arrival and return to the ship very late in the afternoon, with lunch included. Also, many of the attractions have dress codes that expressly forbid shorts. These dress codes typically require that clothing cover the shoulders, the knees, and everything in between completely, with no plunging necklines, so women's skirts also must extend below the knee.

Have a great cruise, whatever you decide!

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We went the middle of Sept and it was absolutely perfect.
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We went the middle of Sept and it was absolutely perfect.
I'm glad to hear that the middle of September worked out for you!

Unfortunately, others have not been so lucky. The middle of September and the middle of June are the shoulders of the hot season, when the weather can be either very comfortable or very hot and humid, in the Mediterranean. When I took the tour of the ruins in Ephesus at the end of September, 1999, the tour guide said that the temperature was over 100 degrees a week earlier -- okay if you are going to the beach, but not so great if you are walking amid the ruins in bright sunlight. Thus, I generally recommend going to the Mediterranean a bit earlier in the spring or a bit later in the fall if possible.

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All you can do is play the percentages and hope for the best. We went in mid June and had great weather the whole way. Especially great on sea days with much fun in the sun on board ship.

This year we are leaving later - mid July - for the western med and hope not to experience too much heat.
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Did BARCELONA AND ISTANBUL during the 1st week of June 06 and it was "just right"...PERFECT.

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