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Italy I France I Spain
Italy and France have long been the top yachting destinations in the Med and for very good reasons. The weather is good, the scenery stunning, the food is excellent and the arts scene and night life are second to none. Spain, which has recently opened up to international charters offers more of the same with an exciting Spanish twist. Still relatively unspoiled the Balearics are a wonderful option to the Greek islands in the Eastern Med.
The Med cruising season starts in May and ends in late September or as late as early October. Temperatures range between 72F/22C and 95F/35C with cooler nights.
Facilities are excellent with high-end shopping, restaurants, hotels and clubs immediately available often with dedicated tender drop offs. Most locations host a variety of concerts, festivals and firework displays during the summer.
Access is easy and key destinations are safe and off known immigration routes.
Croatia I Greece I Turkey
The Eastern Med has some of the most unspoiled cruising grounds in the world. Crystal clear water, fantastic sailing, good food and wine, history, culture and a cool party scene if you want it - as a destination it is hard to beat.
The Meltemi winds ensure temperatures are always pleasant in the Islands but the sea temperature is usually around 74F/23C. Turkey can be very hot, over 100F/38C, in midsummer and the season extends from April well into October. Croatia is occasionally wet.
Iconic destinations like Santorini and Dubrovnik get congested due to cruise-ship traffic. But the issue is localized. Facilities are good in tourist hubs. Off-the-beaten track and the islands are beautifully unspoiled with simple but excellent local restaurants.
Access is relatively easy and the larger Greek islands have airports for private and commercial flights. Safety and immigration are not major issues.
St Barths I St Martin I Antigua I British Virgin Islands I St Lucia I St Vincent I US Virgin Islands
These islands, especially the Bahamas, are a year-round destination with white powdery beaches, diverse marine life and stunning weather. You can expect consistent winds and a mixture of deserted coves, luxury hotels, shipwrecks and beach party towns. Each island is completely different from the last, from the chic St Barths to the historical Grenadines and the sailing mecca of the BVI.
Just a few hours from New York and Florida, the most refreshing time of year is between September and May when average temperatures range from 75F/23C to 86F/30C degrees. Summers are hotter (80F/27C to 90F/33C) and more humid. Hurricane season is June to November.
Not surprisingly, the islands mentioned tend to be safe since they are either the most affluent or have the least tourism development.
Access to the larger islands is good for private and commercial flights.
Seattle I San Juan’s I Vancouver I Victoria I Campbell River I Ketchikan to Sitka to Juneau
There is perhaps no outdoors grander than the majestic mountains, glaciers and fjords of Alaska. Twice as large as Texas with 33,000 miles of coastline and abundant wildlife, Alaska provides a unique setting for adventure cruising.
The San Juan Archipelago showcases nature at its best with abundant wild life, clear deep waters, unspoiled evergreen forests, charming small ports and plenty of islands to explore. All just a short sail from Seattle.
The cruising season is from May to September but access to Alaska can be difficult even in summer due to fog. Temperatures can plummet suddenly (40F/5C to 70F/21C) and autumn can start early. The Pacific North West is milder (73F/23C to 80F/27C) but gets a fair amount of rain all year round.
It’s all about the great outdoors and the majesty of nature so, large cities apart, facilities are low key and functional.
Tahiti I Tuamotus I Fiji I The Great Barrier Reef I New Zealand I Seychelles I Maldives I Galapagos
The Pacific is the largest Ocean on the planet. The range of cruising opportunities can only be described as superlative. A Galapagos cruise is the ultimate wildlife experience. South Pacific cruising takes you to some of the most remote, idyllic islands on planet Earth. Exploring the Great Barrier Reef is a voyage over the largest living organism in the world.
Since the region encompasses both hemispheres, the best season for cruising depends on your destination. Most destinations are in temperate areas where temperatures don’t vary much year-round. However, there is always a wet and windy season which is best avoided. The Seychelles are best in winter and spring while the Great Barrier Reef has the mildest weather and good underwater visibility from June to November.
Facilities and access vary depending on the remoteness of the destination, on the local economy, commercialization and environmental regulations.
Antarctica I NW passage I The Arctic I Greenland I Norwegian Fjords
The Arctic has a unique appeal thanks to its pristine landscapes, wildlife, and natural phenomena. Its proximity to Europe, northern Canada and the US makes it more accessible than other wilderness areas. March to May are spectacular months for cruising and early August is the best time to see the Aurora Borealis.
The Northwest Passage is an iconic voyage in the footsteps of early Arctic explorers to the home of the polar and grizzly bears, the caribou, and walrus. High summer, when the sun never sets and ice has almost melted, is the best time for cruising.
Antarctica is the last cruising frontier - huge colonies of penguins and icebergs that dwarf even the largest mega-yachts. The experience is absolutely unique due to the distance, possible harsh weather conditions and non-traditional ports of call. Days are longest in December and January and the cruising season lasts from November to March.