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Bank holidays, lighter evenings and fresh spring air are some of the things to love about this time of year. And there are places around the world that really come to life now, waking up after the winter. So as you’re booking your cruise in May 2019, check out these great destinations to blow away the cobwebs and beat the summer tourist rush.

Where to cruise in May?

Italy

Italy is a great place to visit at any time of year, but May is one of the best, with bright sunny days with temperatures between 18°C-21°C. And if you head to the south of the country, it’ll feel like summer has already started. With the good weather and fewer tourists, enjoy lower prices as you explore the many wonders of this country. The Colosseum is one of the most popular attractions in Italy and a true icon of Rome. Pompeii near Naples is another one of the country’s top attractions, while wine lovers can head for the Tuscan hills while taking in the cultural delights of Siena and Florence. Click to find cruise deals to Italy.

France

With its romantic cities, unparalleled cuisine and rich history, it’s no surprise that France is the number-one tourist destination in the world. However, taking cruise deals in May has real benefits. You’ve mild, comfortable spring weather, longer days and a host of cultural events. Many tourist attractions start extended hours as they gear up for summer crowds – another reason for this being an excellent month to plan your May cruise deal. There’s also the glamorous Cannes Film Festival in May, adding a touch of class to the country’s vibe at this time of year. Click to find cruise deals to France.

Portugal

Spring is a time for celebration with many important festivals and holidays taking place in May. Sintra’s palaces host a festival dedicated to music and opera, or join a torchlit procession in Fatima, one of the biggest pilgrimage sites in the world. The weather starts to heat up here in May, with temperatures peaking at 22°C, giving you 10 hours of sunshine every day – and the arrival of this sunny and inviting climate brings the country to life. Colourful capital Lisbon has many attractions, including its beautiful main square, old town and castle. In the north, Porto is the home of the port wine industry, with delicious vintage, ruby and tawny  to sample. While summers get hot and crowded, enjoy Portugal’s warm hospitality and attractions a month or too early by taking your cruise in May. Click to find cruise deals to Portugal.

Montenegro

Montenegro’s Mediterranean climate means it can get congested over the summer, so May is one of the best times to visit. Average temperatures are a pleasant 19°C, ideal for hiking in  stone-built villages, kayaking round monastery islands and enjoying beautiful beaches that aren’t filled by tourists. Even mountainous regions, and around Lake Skadar, the largest lake in the Balkans, are crowd- and cloud-free during this time. White-water rafting is hugely popular in Montenegro, and it’s in full swing in May, perfect for adventurous types. Click to find cruise deals to Montenegro.

Russia

As the largest country in the world, you’ve every type of climate here, but cruises in May 2019 are an exciting choice. Russia is emerging from its winter, so many attractions open for the first time in May and can be enjoyed alongside green scenery and milder weather, with temperatures approaching 18-19˚C. In St Petersburg, the White Nights Festival begins, celebrating the start of this natural phenomenon of a sun that never really sets, bathing the city in a subtle glow. Don’t miss the parks of Pushkin and countryside of the Golden Ring. Moscow is, of course, the cultural capital. Visit the legendary Red Square and the Kremlin in uncrowded peace. Click to find cruise deals to Russia.

Denmark

Denmark is a great choice for finding cheap cruises in May. The countryside is in full bloom, as days stretch out in bright and cool air, with mild temperatures around 12°C. Funen Village and numerous castles hark back to Andersen’s fairy tales, situated in beautiful natural landscapes. And Copenhagen, the capital, is a modern, vibrant and lively city. Its largest park celebrates May bank holiday with special events and music concerts. Plus the Danes celebrate the anniversary of their liberation after the war in May, so the country really comes alive at this time of year. Click to find cruise deals to Denmark.

With spring in full bloom and events calendars just starting to take off, May is an excellent month to plan your cruise deal – especially if you want to beat the summer tourist rush. Choose now and you’ve got some great cities where entertainment, relaxation and adventure go hand in hand. Surround yourself in their colourful sceneries as you delve into rich history and visit world-famous cultural landmarks.

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