What is the weather late cruising Oct. 20 to Canada on the NCL Jewel?
cool to downright cold, but not snow or anything. Well that isn't always true either. I have been in the New England area when the snow fell like a waterfall and it was early to middle Oct. I would suggest you plan on packing sweat shirts, jackets, jeans etc, but remember when you are on the ship you will spend most of your time inside and the ports are normally not nearly as cold as the decks when you are at sea.
We were on the Jewel last year (2008) from Oct. 10-20th. Most of the cruise was surprizingly warm. The first stop in Boston was more like late summer than fall. When we got up to Nova Scotia, we were suprized that their gardens were still in bloom and the flowers were colorful and alive when we had already closed our gardens up here at home in Buffalo. Out on the water.
Toward the end of the cruise, it was cooler but it was not as cold as we expected. Nita is correct, take warm clothes because it could be the opposite of what we experienced. You will spend a lot of time inside.
One thing about this cruise that we thought was unusual: We were surprized to see that they "rolled up the sidewalks" on the ship rather early. By 11PM there were very few people out and about. After midnight it was hard to find much going on except the Casino. On the first night of the cruise the Cruise Director was talking at the show and said that the DJ in the disco usually closed up at 12:30 am and we thought he was joking. The average age of the passengers was older than most of the warm-weather cruises we have been on. We liked this because it was not wild and we didn't have to worry about small children underfoot.
Although the outside temperatures weren't the best for it, I swam every day in the outside pools. They are heated and were at least 84 degrees at all times except for one day when they obviously changed the water and it was ice-cold. There is an inside pool in the spa however, there is a charge to use this area.
-Jim In Buffalo
Yesterday it was 6 degrees below zero in Buffalo, today it is sunny and a balmy 20 degrees F.
I forgot to add this to the previous reply. Not sure if this directly relates to your question but one of the nice features of this cruise itinerary is that it was the smoothest cruise that we have every taken. There were times that we had to look out the window to see if the ship was actually moving.
Much of the reason for this is due to the length of time that the ship is cruising in the St. Lawrence Seaway as opposed to the open ocean. In the Atlantic, we had no problems but I am sure that this could change too.
We are planning on doing this cruise again next fall based on how much we enjoyed last year's cruise.