See the world before the crowds on a May cruise
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May is the perfect time to book your dream cruise holiday. Before the rush of the summer holidays, and with the weather heating up, you’ll have your pick of the bunch when it comes to destinations and cruise lines. Whether you want to explore the rainforests of South America, get lost in Japan or kick back in the Mediterranean, you’re good to go.
Why book a May cruise?
If Europe holds the key to your heart, then May is a fantastic time to visit. River cruises journey along the Rhine, Rhône, Seine and Douro, cutting through the continent and stopping at some of the most exciting cities for you to explore. Sip port wine in Porto, marvel at the architecture of Paris and experience opera in Vienna. You won’t regret it!
The summer holiday rush hasn’t started yet
While it’s easier for families to take time off during the summer holidays, booking a cruise holiday in May means missing out on the crowds. The summer rush is yet to start and you’ll find that many destinations are quiet yet basking in beautiful spring weather. Without the crowds, you can really get to know each destination and its individual character whilst exploring at your own pace. You can also choose from a range of award-winning cruise lines, including P&O Cruises and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.
Most destinations are becoming more inviting
Although many destinations are affected by the seasons, with potentially stormy weather in some areas and high humidity in others, many locations experience mild, settled weather in May. If you’ve always wanted to visit Australia, you can do so in May (their autumn) when the kids are already back in school. Temperatures in Brazil are also looking more manageable, with pleasant, sunny days to explore its vibrant cities, such as Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. Cruises to Alaska have also begun but are only available until September. So if you’ve always yearned to experience life in The Last Frontier, May is a great time to do so.