May or June for Mediterranean Cruise?

Old Jul 12th, 2007, 11:04 PM
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May or June for Mediterranean Cruise?

OK... now that I've been reading other posts, I really don't know what to do. My husband and I want to take a mediterranean cruise between Venice, Greece, Amalfi coast, and Barcelona and can go any time although we want it to be warm enough to be comfortable in swimsuits and to lay by a pool/on a beach, but not too high intensity of tourism where you can't enjoy each port or see the places of interest. Is there a huge difference between May and mid-June (embarking on June 16)? Any recommendations/ suggestions/ tips/ insight???
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Old Jul 13th, 2007, 05:01 AM
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May. Fewer kids and tourists overall, nicer weather. BIG difference IME between mid May and mid June.

You could not get me to Europe - cruise or otherwise - in peak summer months.
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Old Jul 13th, 2007, 06:52 AM
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thanks for the insight!
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Old Jul 13th, 2007, 08:43 AM
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Beginning of June, the weather will be warmer. May can be chilly.
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Old Jul 13th, 2007, 10:18 AM
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No brainer - May.
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Old Jul 17th, 2007, 02:17 AM
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We took a 12-day cruise from Barcelona to Athens that began May 20 and ended June 2. The weather was great except for one day in Santorini. Amazing how the weather can color your impression of a place. I have friends that told me later that their favorite port was Santorini when they cruised the Mediterranean. Perhaps because of the weather I could not fully appreciate the beauty of Santorini, and it was my least favorite port. There is never a guarantee of good weather, but I think as you move into summer your chances are better. If you have the choice, I would opt for early June.
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Old Jul 17th, 2007, 07:30 AM
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We took a wonderful Med cruise that left Barcelona on May 11 - the weather was grrrreat! Not so hot that sightseeing was uncomfortable, not so cool that the beach/pool was uncomfortable. (And school is still in session, so there shouldn't be a problem with being over-run with children.........)
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Old Jul 17th, 2007, 01:20 PM
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We took one that was in early May - and the weather was perfect, and all the flowers were in full bloom. LOVED IT, would schedule it for the same time if I did it again...
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Old Jul 30th, 2007, 04:46 AM
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May!!
Less crowded, fewer kids
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Old Jul 30th, 2007, 08:53 AM
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We did May - LOVED IT
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Old Aug 2nd, 2007, 08:18 PM
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Just returned from the Med in June. Go in May!! Too hot and humid in June/July/Aug.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2007, 09:04 PM
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We did a mid-June, 12-night Med. cruise a year ago. I kept watching the weather reports before the trip and everyone was reporting beautiful weather until the week before we got there... when we arrived, and throughout the trip, it was HOT and humid.

Go in May!!
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Old Oct 15th, 2013, 09:42 PM
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I would like a Mediterranean cruise, however I don't want high season it's just no fun for anyone, wall to wall tourists. And judging by the comments late May or early June look like the best ??? would this be right ???
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We've done the Med in Oct. Perfect weather and less crowds. Consider this as well.
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I've taken a Med cruise in May thru June and one in August thru Sept. By far, the weather was better and the crowds were much less in the August thru Sept. We prefer tbe cooler weather, but it was cold in May! You never know.
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