You may have heard the phrase, April showers bring spring flowers, but have you heard that an April cruise brings good news? No? Well that’s because we made it up, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true! Cruising in April can bring a lot of good news, both for your wallet and your mental health.

If you’re looking for a good time to travel with the family, there’s no better month than April. The April Easter holidays means you’ll have over two weeks to cruise with the kids before school starts back up again. Even though the kids are on their school holidays, April cruises still tend to be quieter than the summer months, so you won’t have to worry about packed ships and busy port excursions. You’ll still have plenty of space to yourselves and lots of tanning room at whatever coastal location you choose.

April cruises will get you out of your winter funk and allow you to soak up a little sun, far away from the dreary and often rainy UK weather. It’s common knowledge that vitamin D helps boost your immune system and lifts your spirits and let’s just admit that things always seem better when the sun is shining. April is also one of those sweet spot cruising months, where you’re either winding down after a peak season or starting back up at the beginning of one. This time of year isn’t quite as popular as the summertime, meaning the deals are cheaper and you can find cruises to fit any budget.

April is a fantastic time to cruise and there are numerous cruise line itineraries that travel to all sorts of fun and exciting destinations, from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean and the United States of America. So without further adieu, let’s see where is hot in April.

Florida, USA

Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa and Key West. These destinations prove that the United States is full of impressive places to cruise to in April. It’s a jumping off point to get to the Caribbean, but the USA has its own tropical locations to visit first. While in Tampa, you can walk through the historic Ybor City, full of restaurants, shops and bars. Then, go on to visit the famous Busch Gardens theme park or explore the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. Fort Lauderdale is on Florida’s southeastern coast and is known for its beautiful beaches and boating canals and is an ideal spot to cruise to in April.

Florida is known as the sunshine state and that counts for April too. Thanks to its southeastern location, Florida has a tropical climate and April welcomes the beginning of the summer period. April is one of the sunniest months of the year and also, just misses out on the region’s wet season. A cruise to Florida in April means 13 hours of daylight each day and highs of 27°C, making a huge change from the mild weather of the United Kingdom.


The Caribbean is a top place to travel to during April, as this month marks the end of the peak season, but temperatures remain very warm. During April, you won’t have to worry about the intense heat you get during the summer months, but it will still be hot and sunny and you’ll be able to work on a tan. The Caribbean has a classic tropical climate, meaning it sees sunshine and warmth all year round. In April, the highs are around 28°C and the evening temperatures drop to around 6°C.

Not only is it a cheaper time to travel to the Caribbean, but April holidays will also help you avoid the loud and sometimes obnoxious Spring Breakers. The Caribbean is a favourite destination for American university students to visit and over spring break, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas are packed. Luckily, in April, you’ll just miss all those crowds and the youngsters will be back to studying.

The Caribbean is one of the most popular spots to cruise to during April and you’ll be able to choose from a host of islands to visit, including Barbados, Sint Maarten and St Kitts.

Canary Islands

The islands just off the North African coast are extremely popular in April. Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura all have a subtropical climate, meaning April is mild, sunny and perfect for days on the beach and a bit of sightseeing. April in the Canary’s is full of sunshine, but it’s not too hot that you can’t enjoy being outdoors.

April is the start of the Canary Islands peak season and the cities are a lot quieter than in the winter months. If you want a sunny beach-filled holiday with the family, the Canary Islands will give you plenty of options to make that dream come true. For any nature-lovers, April is also an excellent time to watch the whales in their natural environment. The Canary islands are visited by 23 different types of cetaceans, including sperm whales and six varieties of dolphins. Spot them from the top deck or go on a whale watching excursion when you reach port.

The Mediterranean

Like the Caribbean, April is an excellent time to visit the Mediterranean, thanks to the beautiful April weather. Spring is when the Mediterranean comes alive, with blossoming flowers and warm sunshine. It’s the start of the peak season, meaning the cities will be quieter and the tourists will be at a minimum. It’s also when things start to heat up and you can strip off those bulky layers and enjoy the balmy weather. The Mediterranean can be boiling-hot in the summer months, but in April, you’ll avoid overheating.

There are numerous ports to visit on a trip to the Mediterranean during April. Experience the hilly coastal capital of Lisbon or enjoy the history and the pizza in Rome and Naples. Barcelona is a popular cruising spot in April as well, with arts and culture to explore and delicious Catalan cuisine to taste.

Corfu, an island off Greece’s northwest coast, is radiant during the month of April and you can visit on the Marella Discovery with Marella Cruises. Corfu is awash with colour at the start of spring and is known as Greece’s Emerald Isle. Its golden beaches, lush green landscape and colourful villages will make you glad you chose April as your cruising month.

Cruises in April see sunshine, cheap deals and memorable family moments. Book your next April cruise and find out for yourself why this month is one of the best times to holiday at sea.

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