Cruise seasons in the Mediterranean
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Mediterranean - cruises to this popular region can be booked already in April. April is a time, when many companies deliver to the ports of France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, their ships from the Caribbean.
The Mediterranean Sea at some extent can be called the region of year-round tourism. Some companies operate here, especially in its southern part, throughout the year. Among them is Italian cruise operator MSC and Costa, which ships offer winter cruises. The main winter cruise destinations in the Mediterranean Sea are the Canary Islands and Morocco. New Year is the peak of youth tourism. Many Europeans prefer to book cruises to the Canary Islands for Christmas with visiting many noisy parties in Las Palmas and on Tenerife.
Period from April to October is considered to be the classic season for cruises in the Mediterranean. At the same time, depending on the region, it can be high in October (Spain, Portugal) and May (France, Italy, Greece) also. Anyway, the best prices for cruises in the region can be found either at the end of spring or in mid-September.
High season in the Mediterranean is summer lasting until September. And September is a month, when elderly tourists from the US and Britain prefer to spend their holidays. For them it is not only the possibility to see European architecture, but also to participate in numerous festivals of wine harvest, which are often organized throughout Southern Europe.
The best season for family travels across the Mediterranean is July and August. However the prices for this period are the highest in a year, many companies attract tourists with special offers for accommodation and meals on board. Since April it makes sense to seek for the last-minute cruises to such popular destinations as Greece, Italy or Turkey.
Riviera will start its first Caribbean cruise in Miami
Riviera, which is the newest ship of the Oceania Cruises company, will depart for the first winter cruise from Miami on November 29, 2012.
More cruises in Northern Europe
It is expected that 2012 will be one of the most successful season in the modern history of the cruise traveling for the Northern Europe region. The European Cruise Council (ECC) has estimated that the number of passengers in the current season will increase by 16% compared with 2011 and reach 1 million 490 thousand people.
Norwegian: free cruises for children
Norwegian Cruise Line, the third-largest cruise company in the world, announced a special offer â€“ â€śKids Sail Freeâ€ť. As part of the offer potential customers will be able to book on favorable terms cabins on the cruise ships for themselves and their children â€“ the third and fourth beds in the cabin for the children under 17 years can be booked for free.