The Best Time To Take A Cruise With Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean is one of our favourite cruise lines for Caribbean Island cruises. There is something for absolutely everyone. With 25 ships, 249 destinations in 71 countries, across 5 continents, Royal Caribbean lead the way in incredible cruise holidays, accompanied by the most extraordinary ships. Their newest Oasis Class ship Wonder of the Seas, has now launched and is the world’s largest cruise ship. It caters to all ages and is great for singles, married, families, and foodies. Royal Caribbean are known as the innovators when it comes to firsts at sea. And, with each new ship they launch, they always wow us with what’s on board.

Although older features, zip-lining, the FlowRider, rock-climbing and the Carousel are all truly extraordinary Royal Caribbean ship features. On Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class ships, test your limits and take a go zip-lining across the boardwalk. The Carousel which sits just below the zip-line at the entrance to the Boardwalk is also a beautiful must do while on your cruise. Some Royal Caribbean ships also feature FlowRider, an exciting surf simulator that’s just as fun to watch and try! And, if you love to climb, a go on one of the rock climbing walls is a must.

In North America, Royal Caribbean ships generally sail out of Miami, Port Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades and Tampa in Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Galveston, Texas; Bayonne, New Jersey (one of the ports for New York City); Baltimore; Boston; Seattle; Vancouver, British Columbia and Seward, Alaska. In 2021, the line introduced Barbados as a home port.

In Europe, Royal Caribbean ships mostly sail out of Southampton, England; Amsterdam; Copenhagen; Stockholm; Barcelona*; Civitavecchia, Italy (the port for Rome) and — starting in 2021 — Ravenna, Italy (which is taking the place of Venice as a home port).

*The newest ship Wonder of the Seas is currently located in Barcelona for the European Mediterranean season.

We bring you the best itineraries and exclusive offers for Caribbean cruise all inclusive holidays. So what time of year is best to take an islands in the Caribbean cruise?  We take a deeper look at best and worst times of year to take a cruise of the Caribbean Islands, but truth is in our book anytime really is a good time as it has all year round great weather. 

wonder of the seas royal caribbean
Royal Caribbean Wonder of The Seas – The World’s Biggest Cruise Ship

When is The Best Month to Cruise the Islands of The Caribbean?

The Islands In The Caribbean are grouped into 3 main areas and depending on whose maps and itineraries you choose, they will mostly be divided into 3 distinctive areas – Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean and Southern Caribbean.

The best time to cruise to the Caribbean depends on personal preferences for weather, prices and crowds. But some months are better than others, especially spring to early summer.

But for the most part, the best time to cruise the Caribbean is January through April during the dry season, especially in April when temperatures are warmer. It is incredibly popular since the pandemic. A lot of British choose to sail on or around December and January to escape the winter.  

The Worst Time To Cruise The Islands of The Caribbean

The worst time is September and October during the peak months of the Caribbean hurricane season although the cruise lines have experienced captains and crew who can navigate around potential trouble spots.  Be sure to check out Royal Caribbean’s Destination Guide by clicking the link below: for islands in the Caribbean.  You will be spoilt for choice with all of the places including Grenada, Anguilla, St. Kitts, St. Vincent and the Grenadines as well as the ever popular Barbados which has been a homeport for Royal Caribbean this year. 

St.Kitts ocean road view with the sea and rolling hills

May is a brief rainy season for some destinations. June through August are popular with families on summer break. June is the best time to cruise the Caribbean in the summer because it has lower risk of rain than July or August.

The weather is a major factor because rainfall is often quite heavy in the Caribbean during certain times of the year.  If you’re wondering which islands in the Caribbean is best to cruise be sure to check out our feature on all of the major Hot Spots as well.

With its idyllic pink-sand beaches, warm clear seas and gentle tropical breezes, and emerald hills and valleys, Barbados is an unforgettable destination in its own right.

Islands In The Caribbean – Royal Caribbean Itineraries

Grandeur of the Seas will operate three itineraries in the southern Caribbean from Bridgetown with seven and 14 night stays.

Temperatures also are a factor to consider. Beach lovers may find that winter in the Caribbean brings cooler seawater, especially in more northern destinations.

During the summer, people who don’t like humidity and temperatures higher than 90 degrees Fahrenheit will find some destinations uncomfortably hot.

The most popular times to cruise, such as Spring Break and Summer Break from schools, usually have higher cruise prices and more crowded cruise ports. Couples or singles without families and honeymooners should avoid those times if they want to experience an Adults Only feel to their Caribbean cruise holidays.

Each cruise season during the year has a different combination of weather, prices and crowds accordingly.  

Winter Cruises

Many destinations experience a high point of tourism from December through February because of people fleeing the northern winters. This is true particularly for heat seeking Brits. That period also has the lowest average temperatures for the Caribbean, especially in the islands lying closest to the United States.

The ever popular Bahamas remain a top pick for North Americans because they are easy to reach from the U.S. They are also a common stop for Caribbean cruises. Also a popular golf destination.  It is also one of the few places where there are no Covid Testing requirements along with Mexico.view of large resort swimming pool and boats on the harbour and sea

But they also have the lowest temperatures of any islands in the Caribbean region. Seawater is usually too chilly for swimming.

Southern Caribbean cruises are a good choice during the early winter. They reach the destinations with the warmest temperatures, such as Aruba, Curacao, Panama, Costa Rica, and Cartagena Colombia.

Many of them embark from San Juan Puerto Rico.

Multi Coloured Umbrella corridor in a street of colourful buildings in San Juan Puerto Rico

Western cruises also become popular in the later part of winter because they go to places that usually have a dry season combined with warmer temperatures. They include Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Costa Maya and Belize. 

Recommendation: Early winter cruises are best for people who want to escape winters but worst for people who want warm temperatures for swimming. Late winter cruises are best for the western Caribbean.

Sample Royal Caribbean International Eastern Caribbean Itineraries

  • Symphony of the Seas 7 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN & PERFECT DAY Departing From Miami, Florida (Apr 2022 – Nov 2022)
  • Allure Of The Seas 8 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE Departing From Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
  • Mariner Of The Seas 5 NIGHT CARIBBEAN & BAHAMAS CRUISE Departing From Port Canaveral, Florida
  • Harmony of the Seas 7 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN & PERFECT DAY Departing From Port Canaveral, Florida
  • Symphony of the Seas 7 NT EASTERN CARIBBEAN & PERFECT DAY Departing From Miami, Florida
  • Harmony of the Seas 7 NT EASTERN CARIBBEAN & PERFECT DAY Departing From Port Canaveral, Florida
  • Mariner Of The Seas 8 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN & PERFECT DAY Departing From Port Canaveral, Florida
  • Mariner Of The Seas 8 NT EASTERN CARIBBEAN & PERFECT DAY Departing From Port Canaveral, Florida
  • Oasis Of The Seas 9 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE Departing From Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey (Aug 2022 – Aug 2023)
  • Allure Of The Seas 7 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN & PERFECT DAY Departing From Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida (Oct 2022)


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