The travel industry likes to call the period between the peak
and the off-peak seasons the "shoulder season", it being the
critical 'joint' between the expense of peak and the poorer weather
of off-peak. And certainly sometimes it really is a great idea to
pick a shoulder season cruise - yes, the weather may not be totally
perfect, but there will be many other good reasons to travel at
that time; the price, the uncrowded ports of call, and - our
favourite - the beauty of the springtime blossoms.
Some of our choice spring cruises will take place in the
Mediterranean. Fresh sunny days can certainly be cool, but
sightseeing is so much easier when you don't have to drag yourself
around in the dusty heat. And, of course, when you don't have to
queue everywhere: Italy is, for example, a very different country
in the Spring than it is in hotter seasons!
We also like the repositioning voyages back from the Orient to
the Med - great calls in India, the Middle East and the Red Sea,
including Egypt, Jordan and the Holy Land. Most of them represent
remarkable value-for-money, and all of them happen at a much
balmier time of year. Do call us for the latest deals: they can go
Spring is also one of the very best times to visit China and
Japan. The ships that go there then reposition themselves across
the Pacific to enjoy springtime in Alaska, which is just coming to
life as the ice melts. Any of these journeys can make for
wonderful, and excellent value, holidays.