Where are the best summertime cruise destinations? Many people continue to equate a Caribbean cruise with summer travel, and it is a good place to travel if it's the only season you can take a vacation. But, although the Caribbean remains one of the most popular and affordable summer cruise vacations, the weather is hot and tropical storms are more likely. Cruises along the western coast of Mexico (Mexican Riviera) are the same way--hot in the summer, but affordable.
Let's look at the rest of the world other than North America. First, where are the places you can primarily cruise only in the (northern hemisphere) summer months of May through September?
Alaska Cruise Travel Journals
Northern Europe is a terrific cruise destination, especially because it is so expensive to stay and eat ashore. Since most cruise ships use the U.S. dollar for the onboard currency, the room and board on a ship costs much less than it would to stay in a hotel and eat in restaurants.
Although cruise travelers will love the long summer days in Alaska or northern Europe, these Baltic cruise itineraries focus on the major cities of northern Europe rather than the small towns, majestic mountains, and wildlife you see in Alaska.
Baltic Cruise Travel Journals
Northern Europe - Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, Greenland, and the Northern Cape
A few ships travel all the way to the North Cape, the northernmost part of Norway where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Arctic Ocean. Others visit Spitsbergen, the largest island of Norway's Svalbard archipelago, and one of the few places in the world that you might see a polar bear from your cruise ship.
Although most of these cruises take place in the summer months, with their very long hours of daylight, you can also do a cruise to the Norwegian fjords in the winter with Hurtigruten, a Norwegian company that carries visitors to western Norway year-round.
Norwegian Fjords Cruise Travel Journals
- Across the Northern Atlantic on the Holland America Maasdam - Boston to Amsterdam
- Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas - British Isles and Norwegian Fjords
- Hurtigruten Midnatsol - Norwegian Coastal Voyage between Kirkenes and Bergen