The penultimate month of the year can often be one of the best to sail off into the sunset. Less crowds, cheap deals, cooler destinations and just what you need prior to the stresses of Christmas shopping and family conflicts! Here’s why this month is the perfect time to set sail…

1. Cooler temperatures

The Mediterranean

Now summer is a distant memory, it’s lucky for us that the shores of the Mediterranean still offer warm seas, gentle heat and a calmer vibe. Spots such as Santorini and Valletta become bearable for the whole day, meaning you don’t have to take an hour out of your time to recuperate from the heat. This makes November one of the best times of year to visit if you’re more interested in sight-seeing or doing activities! But don’t worry – it’s still warm enough to wear your shorts!

Canary Islands

If you want all year-round sun and don’t want a long flight time to the Caribbean, the Canary Islands is perfect for a November getaway. Set sail with your favourite cruise line, as they all visit at this time of year. Most itineraries here will see Madeira, Lisbon and often have a cultured stop in Morocco involved too!

2. National Holidays and Festivals


It’ll be Turkey all around on a cruise to this colourful country during Thanksgiving. Head to New York, Miami or New Orleans with any of the industry’s leading cruise lines and join in with one of the largest celebrations America has to offer! Your holiday – or shall we say vacation –  will be enhanced by meeting new people, enjoying adventures both onboard and onshore, and partaking in an outstanding Thankgiving feast like never before. Plus, you might even be able to squeeze in a bit of Black Friday shopping, all surrounded by a plethora of dazzling decorations!


At the start of November in sunny Mexico, you’ll discover a spectacle like no other – The Day of the Dead festival. Anyone who wants to experience something a little spookier than just trick-or-treating may want to consider visiting Mexico in early November, as the Day of the Dead celebrations that take place around this time are truly spectacular. The spooky spiritual festival features lively celebrations, amazing costumes and a whole lot of singing, dancing and eating. Your cruise line will often get in the spirit too with themed nights and extended stays in destinations like Cozumel and Puerto Vallarta. What you waiting for?!

3. Hurricane season comes to an end


November is the last month of the rainy season in Havana, and unlike the preceding months, the weather is more pleasant and reliable. There’s hardly a month in Havana that isn’t hot, however in November the temperatures begin to drop slightly meaning it’s much more bareable to explore! This lively location is almost caught up in a time-warp that just has to be seen to be believed, with incredible architecture and an atmosphere that charms from the moment you arrive.


With hurricane season over and temperatures averaging around 30°C, it makes November the the perfect month to hit Barbados! Is there anything better than escaping away fora bit of sunshine and sunbathing before Christmas? With much better weather than Europe experiences at this time of the year, the southern Caribbean is the place to be!

Pack your bags…and go!

There’s no better way to spend November than on a cruise – all you need to do is call 0800 027 8302 and you can make winter sun a reality! Alternatively, take a look at our Deals section for some cruise inspiration.

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