Cruising is a great way to travel, and with the weather warming up, it's the perfect time to take a cruise. However, there are some things you should keep in mind when cruising in the springtime. Here are five tips to help make your springtime cruise as enjoyable as possible.


Plan For Spring Break Crowds

Whether you're happy to join them or better off on the other side of the ship, don't forget families and college students fill cruises during this time of year- taking advantage of spring breaks. The classic Caribbean, Bahamas, and Mexico cruises will be especially crowded, so you'll need to book as early as possible to reserve your spot onboard.


Or Avoid The Spring Breakers

If you're eager to evade the crowds, try to book your spring cruise during the mid-to-late April sweet spot when the spring breakers are departing and the summer crews aren't quite ready to roll in. Cruise Critic also suggested booking longer cruises and choosing adult-only ships to avoid the spring break scene.


Choose An Offbeat Spring Destination

With spring breakers claiming the islands, spring can be the perfect time for sailing to a more unusual cruise destination. Try Japan for the springtime cherry blossoms and glorious weather or visit Australia's Great Barrier Reef. European river cruises may also strike your fancy or stay stateside and board an Alaskan cruise. It may still be a little chilly in the Last Frontier, but the tradeoff will be better deals on cruise prices and packages.


Search For Spring Cruise Deals

While spring can be a relatively expensive time to cruise, it doesn't mean the deals are entirely nonexistent - especially if you choose a less popular destination. Cruise Critic even did a lot of the research for you, compiling a list of the best cruises to take in April of this year.


Pack For A Spring Cruise

Unless you're sailing under the consistently sunny Caribbean skies, spring can be quite unpredictable when it comes to weather. You'll always want to pack versatile layers for springtime cruises just in case the sun gets shy or there's still a chill in the air lingering from winter.


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