For many, Autumn is the perfect season. When it’s warm enough to go outside without a jacket and the leaves are turning beautiful colours of reds, oranges, and yellow. 

Autumn is the perfect time to get another holiday underway. With schools reopening, you get to avoid the hustle and bustle brought on by the huge tourist crowds and also save a fortune by going on a cruise outside of the busy summer period.

The UK might be getting ready to hunker down for the cold, wet weather ahead but if you’re looking for an escape, there are lots of amazing cruise destinations to cosider in Europe, the Mediterranean and all around the world.

Here are some of the best destinations for a cruise in September, October, November and December.


1. The Caribbean

If you’re desperate to hold onto that sunshine for just a little longer, a Caribbean cruise could be just what you’re looking for.

In this beautiful region you’ll find gloriously warm weather, high temperatures and plenty to see and do, whether that’s kick-back on a white sand beach with a cocktail or go snorkelling in crystal-clear waters.

Prices are typically lower for Caribbean cruises during autumn. This is partly because school is back in session, so there is less demand from families, and also because it’s hurricane season, making some cruisers more hesitant about sailing during this time.

The onle word of caution is your cruise could be disrupted by hurricanes if you sail from mid-August to November, but with latest technology onboard the chances of getting caught in any bad weather are slim. For those who aren’t put off can get some fantastic deals.


2. Italy

October can be the perfect month to visit Italy as the temperatures make sightseeing more comfortable. During this time, the tourist crowds of summer have dissipated which means you can embrace the history and culture without getting swamped by the crowds.

Plus, the weather is still warm which is an added bonus. Why not take a Roman cruise and visit the historic and beautiful city of Rome? You can visit famous monuments such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon, throw a coin in the Trev Fountain, explore Roman ruins and shop ‘til you drop.

Not to mention the delectable local cuisine! You haven’t truly had a good pasta dish until you eat one in Italy. 


3. Bermuda

Bermuda is a self-governing British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. Often overlooked by cruisers, Bermuda has lots to offer travellers all year round, including autumn.

Whether you’re looking for adventure or want to experience a slice of history, Bermuda has something for everyone. You can dive and discover ancient shipwrecks or explore underground caves, or simply relax on pink-sand beaches like Horseshoe Bay Beach. You can also uncover the island’s colonial routes, as you walk the streets of the island’s capital city, Hamilton.

It's not often a location that people brag about when it comes to holiday destinations but that doesn’t stop it from being a beautiful destination to visit. 


4. Spain

Autumn is the perfect time to visit Spain, as top tourist destinations will typically be less crowded once the busy summer season is over. The temperatures are also milder and the landscapes are breathtaking as the colours begin to change from the luscious greens of summer into the golden hues of autumn.

There are a wide variety of destinations to choose from, with cruise providers such as TUI Cruises sailing to must-visit Spanish cities such as Barcelona, as well as Valencia and Malaga. Alternatively, you can escape the grey skies of the UK and catch year-round sun on a Canaries cruise. Spain is the number one destination for Brits and we understand why. 


The Perks of an Autumn Cruise

Cruises are an ideal way to travel if you’re looking for a getaway where everything is provided and arranged for you.

There are also plenty of opportunities to get ashore and explore new places, immersing yourself in the local culture and trying new activities, without needing to worry about your accommodation or how to get to the next destination on your itinerary, making it an ideal way to see the world without the stress.

However, prior to travelling, it’s good to get a better understanding of cruise etiquette and what is expected from you as a traveller on board. Ensure you check if there are additional charges whilst on board too.

Where will you visit first? The world is your oyster when it comes to travelling via cruise.