March is a fantastic month to consider a cruise. It’s the dry season in both Asia and the Caribbean, while many Mediterranean countries will be warm and balmy. Why not consider cruises in March for an Easter holiday family treat? Or enjoy a romantic getaway exploring balmy beaches and picturesque cities from the luxurious setting of a cruise ship? There are so many cruise deals in March you’ll be spoilt for choice. These are our top destinations for March.
The Canary Islands are a gorgeous volcanic archipelago lying between Spain and Africa. Millions of holidaymakers flock to the islands every year, attracted by the year-round sunshine and stunning beaches. However, if you choose a March cruise deal to the islands, you’ll realise there’s much more to them than just beaches.
Stop off at Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria, and you’ll discover a picturesque capital of cobbled streets, pastel-coloured houses, boutiques and tapas bars. Head to the historic district to visit the Columbus House – Christopher Columbus stayed here, and now it’s a museum dedicated to the great explorer. If you’re more interested in beaches, take a transfer to the undulating sands of Maspalomas.
In Gran Canaria the temperature averages 19°C in March, reaching up to 22°C. You’ll find similar temperatures throughout the rest of the Canary Islands, meaning it will be perfect weather for sightseeing, hiking and even a spot of sunbathing. Click to find cruise deals to the Canary Islands.
If you’re looking for March cruises slightly further afield, we recommend heading to the Caribbean. The islands are a popular destination for cruises in March, as the weather is delightful this time of year. Barbados sees daily highs of 30°C, low humidity levels and a gorgeous sea temperature of 26°C.
Many cruises in March make a stop at Bridgetown in Barbados. You’ll have all day to explore this dreamy island, with its powder-white sands and clear water. March is perfect beach weather in the Caribbean, but do remember sunscreen. In March the waters are populated with Hawksbill and Green turtles. Many cruise ships organise boat trips that take you along the coast to swim in the ocean with these amazing creatures. Click to find cruise deals to the Caribbean.
March is also the dry season for many Asian countries, so it’s a fantastic time to visit. An Asia cruise will introduce to everything from ornate temples to stunning beaches, delicious cuisine and bustling energetic cities. However, due to the sizzling temperatures at this time of year, we recommend water-based activities, such as beach trips and boat tours.
In March, the gorgeous Unesco-designated Malaysian town of Malacca has temperatures averaging around 29°C. You’ll love exploring this town of colourful houses and unique colonial architecture. We recommend a sightseeing trip by boat, where you’ll keep cool as you glide down Malacca’s many canals, taking in the scenery.
The island of Langkawi is a great March cruising destination. Temperatures average 29°C, but there are many ways to keep cool. Enjoy a sunset catamaran ride or snorkelling trip, or spend your day swimming and sunbathing on one of the island’s spectacular palm-fringed beaches. Click to find cruise deals to Asia.
Visit Portugal in March and you’ll be treated to clear skies and warm temperatures. Spring is beautiful in Lisbon, with the temperature averaging around 15°C. This is fantastic weather for wandering through Lisbon’s quaint hilltop neighbourhoods and visiting its ancient Moorish castles, art galleries and museums. You won’t get too hot as you walk – and you won’t have to contend with high-season crowds, either.
Another popular Portugal cruise destination is Funchal, the capital of picturesque Madeira. Take a cable-car ride to the neighbourhood of Monte, and enjoy a toboggan ride back down through the narrow streets. You can also enjoy a walk through the botanical gardens, where the flowers will be bursting into colourful springtime blooms. The weather in March in Funchal is a balmy 16°C. Click to find cruise deals to Portugal.
You’ll find the weather in Morocco very pleasant in March. While temperatures average around 20°C, there are highs of around 25°C, so you’ll be able to hit the beach. A popular stop-off point is the coastal resort of Agadir, renowned for its sweeping golden sand, perfect for stretching out on a lounger and topping up your tan.
It’s not too hot for sightseeing, though, so make sure you also head to Agadir’s bustling souk. Haggle with stallholders for everything from hookah pipes to handwoven rugs. Retire to a local restaurant to try one of Morocco’s famous tagines afterwards. Click to find cruise deals to Morocco.
There are so many options for cruises in March. Whether you’re looking for a cultural break or a beach holiday (or even a mixture of the two), you’ll definitely find something that appeals to you. Book your trip now and you can save hundreds of pounds on last-minute fares.