When Are Cruise Seasonal Variations?

If you're looking for answers to some commonly asked questions about when is the best time to visit our destinations, let us help. See each itinerary's seasonal variations below.


From early April into May, Southeast Alaska awakens. Bears, baby animals, migrating grey whales and birds, budding forests, snow-covered peaks, gushing waterfalls, and Aurora Borealis sightings can be part of your experience. Plus, it's crowd-free.

This mean extra playtime. Temps are warmer, so there's better access to higher elevation hikes. And humpbacks are back in groups. Come summer's end and into early fall, wildlife gets busy—mating, migrating, and feeding up for winter.




Whether it's November-to-March’s wet (or “green”) season or April-to- October’s dry season, we like to think there’s no such thing as bad weather in Hawaii.

The green season brings back humpback whales and the Hawaii state bird, the Nene, while you may see more Giant Pacific Manta rays darting about from February through April. Dolphin, whale shark, and green sea turtle sightings are possible all year round.



Whether you’re stoked to see the desert flowers in November or the Red-billed Tropic birds of March, it’s always a good time to visit the Sea of Cortes.

The biggest changes are likely to be seen among migrating birds and marine life. Gray whales, for example, spend summers in Alaska and come to Mexico during winter months to have their babies in the warmer southern waters. From migratory to endemic, there is always unique and wow-worthy wildlife to see.  



With the Galapagos Islands' middle-of-the-earth location, temperatures stay consistent month-to-month, making these islands a great warm weather destination at any time.

There is some variation in the two seasons. December to June is warmest and with the most rainfall in short, daily showers concentrated in upper elevations. July to November is the Garúa season—named for a mist that forms in the highlands, providing moisture but not much rain. Lucky for you, the giant tortoises roam about year round. See when your favorite animals are mating and nesting and pick the departure that matches your must-sees.




“Everything was awesome! Best crew, best views, best adventure. I’m gonna miss this vacation!”
— Ally P., Poway, CA (Alaska)

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