Best Time for Mediterranean Cruises

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Mediterranean Cruises. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Mallorca, Côte D’Azur, Santorini, Sicily und Corfu. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Mediterranean Cruises for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 4 °C to 33 °C
Waves Symbol 12 °C to 25 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 07.13 in (0 – 13 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 15.3 °C (Côte D’Azur) and 18.5 °C (Santorini)
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General information and popular routes

Mediterranean cruises are among the most popular routes for cruises and combine a wonderful mixture of fantastic coastal regions, unique islands and hidden bays like in a picture book.

Most shipping companies such as AIDA, TUI Cruises, MSC Cruises, Costa, Hapag Lloyd or NCL also include cruises that are located in areas of the actual Mediterranean Sea.

On the one hand, the travel industry distinguishes between the Western Mediterranean and the Eastern Mediterranean, but it also likes to complement these regions with cruise ports in the Aegean and the Adriatic to the Canary Islands in the Atlantic.

One focus of the cruises is on Spain, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Turkey and France. Malta and Cyprus also like to be integrated into popular routes.

Major cruise ports in the Western Mediterranean include Ibiza, Menorca, Alicante, Valencia, Barcelona, Marseille, Cannes, Livorno, Rome/Civitavecchia, Naples, Palermo and Olbia in Sardinia.

The Eastern Mediterranean includes Bari, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos, Trieste and Venice. In addition to the Greek islands, Istanbul and Izmir are also frequently served.

Climate in the Mediterranean region

MSC Splendida in Malta (Roderick Eime)  CC BY The climate in the Mediterranean can be described as Mediterranean and impresses in most areas with around 300 hours of sunshine per year. Summers on the Mediterranean islands and in the Aegean are sometimes very hot, and the coastal towns on the mainland and the Adriatic also have wonderfully sunny and warm summer months.

Winters are mild, but more rainy in most areas. These are by no means weeks-long rainy seasons, but the number of hours of sunshine drops significantly in the winter months. Cruises at this time often go to the Canary Islands or preferably to the Caribbean and Asia.

Best Time to Visit Mediterranean Cruises: Overview

JanuaryJan
Winter Saison
no bathing-weather, locally rain
FebruaryFeb
Winter Saison
no bathing-weather, locally rain
MarchMar
Spring
too cold for bathing
AprilApr
Spring
too cold for bathing
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OctoberOct
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NovemberNov
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no bathing-weather, locally rain
DecemberDec
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no bathing-weather, locally rain

When is the best time for Mediterranean cruises?


For Mediterranean cruises we generally recommend the period between Easter and the end of October. Temperatures are particularly pleasant from around mid-May, it is now pleasantly warm and bathing is already possible in some regions. Summer then arrives in the Mediterranean between June and September, with the high season months of July and August becoming particularly hot.

Mediterranean cruises have their own special charm and charm at any time of the year: while the focus in the hottest months is on bathing fun on the fantastic bays and beaches, the time in early summer and autumn is particularly suitable for exploring the city. Many attractive sights are waiting for you and provide not only scenic highlights but also a varied cultural program.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Mediterranean Cruises) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
MallorcaMay, June, July, August, September, and October
Côte D’AzurJune, July, August, September, and October
SantoriniMay, June, July, August, September, and October
SicilyMay, June, July, August, September, and October
CorfuJune, July, August, and September

Climate Charts Mediterranean Cruises

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Mallorca

Climate Chart Mallorca
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Côte D’Azur

Climate Chart Côte DAzur
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Santorini

Climate Chart Santorini
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Sicily

Climate Chart Sicily
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Corfu

Climate Chart Corfu
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Water Temperatures

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Precipitation

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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Mediterranean Cruises

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Mediterranean Cruises, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Mallorca (Mediterranean Cruises)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature15°16°17°19°23°27°31°31°28°23°19°16°
Night Temperature11°15°17°18°16°12°
Water Temperature14°13°14°15°17°21°24°25°24°21°18°15°
Precipitation (inch)1.421.261.11.341.060.630.280.631.892.681.891.81
Rainy days555542124666
Hours of Sunshine567891011108765
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Mallorca is 16 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (24.6 °C)
Coldest month: January (9.3 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Mallorca is 25 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
May, June, July, August, September, October, and November

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
June, July, August, September, and October

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 15.98 inch on 51 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, and March

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 10.9 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.5 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Côte D’Azur (Mediterranean Cruises)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature13°13°15°17°20°23°26°27°24°21°16°14°
Night Temperature10°13°16°19°19°17°13°
Water Temperature13°12°13°14°16°20°22°23°21°19°16°14°
Precipitation (inch)3.272.992.82.441.931.460.631.222.134.254.093.07
Rainy days766654234676
Hours of Sunshine557891011108755
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Côte D’Azur is 15.3 °C.

Warmest month: August (23 °C)
Coldest month: January (8.7 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Côte D’Azur is 23 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
June, July, August, September, and October

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
July, August, and September

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 30.28 inch on 62 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 11 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.4 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Santorini (Mediterranean Cruises)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature14°14°16°18°23°27°29°29°26°23°19°15°
Night Temperature10°10°11°13°17°21°23°23°21°18°14°11°
Water Temperature16°16°16°17°19°22°24°25°24°23°20°18°
Precipitation (inch)2.81.691.570.630.4300.2800.431.52.322.95
Rainy days10974301024811
Hours of Sunshine779111213141311986
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Santorini is 18.5 °C.

Warmest month: July (26 °C)
Coldest month: January (12 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Santorini is 25 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all except January, February, and March

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
June, July, August, September, and October

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 14.61 inch on 59 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Santorini.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 14 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 10 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Sicily (Mediterranean Cruises)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature16°16°18°21°25°30°33°33°30°25°20°17°
Night Temperature12°16°19°20°18°14°10°
Water Temperature14°14°15°16°18°22°24°25°24°23°20°16°
Precipitation (inch)2.531.721.240.970.850.340.220.521.242.472.62.87
Rainy days665531124567
Hours of Sunshine456781011108654
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Sicily is 17.6 °C.

Warmest month: August (26.6 °C)
Coldest month: January (10.5 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Sicily is 25 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
May, June, July, August, September, October, and November

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
June, July, August, September, and October

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 17.58 inch on 51 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Sicily.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 10.7 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6.8 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Corfu (Mediterranean Cruises)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature14°14°16°19°24°28°31°31°28°23°19°15°
Night Temperature13°16°18°19°17°13°10°
Water Temperature14°14°14°16°18°21°23°24°23°21°18°16°
Precipitation (inch)5.25.353.862.441.420.550.280.712.955.837.137.09
Rainy days1111974212481113
Hours of Sunshine445791112119654
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Corfu is 16.7 °C.

Warmest month: August (24.9 °C)
Coldest month: January (9.5 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Corfu is 24 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
May, June, July, August, September, October, and November

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
June, July, August, September, and October

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 42.8 inch on 83 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): November, and December
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 14.21 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Corfu.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 11.8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.1 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Popular Activities

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Côte D’Azur (Station Le Cannet)
few clouds     few clouds, 7.4 °C
Clouds: 20 %       Wind: 4 mph N
Air Pressure: 1017 hPa       Humidity: 56 %
Last updated: 18th Nov 2018, 05:30 am
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18th Nov 201819th Nov 201820th Nov 201821st Nov 201822nd Nov 201823rd Nov 2018
sky is clear-1 °C to 7 °Csnow-1 °C to 6 °Csnow0 °C to 3 °Cheavy snow-3 °C to 0 °Csnow-1 °C to 4 °Csnow1 °C to 4 °C
-1 °C to 7 °C-1 °C to 6 °C0 °C to 3 °C-3 °C to 0 °C-1 °C to 4 °C1 °C to 4 °C
Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 8 %Clouds: 64 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 63 %Clouds: 97 %
No Precipitation0.08 in of rain0.01 in of rain0.22 in of rain0.04 in of rain1.14 in of rain
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Cruises: Regions

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Mediterranean Cruises: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 12 reviews for Mediterranean Cruises holiday already. Average rating is 4.2 of 5 stars.
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    walburga, 88 years old was there in January

    november on cruise weather like october sun like may

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Uwe und Margret, 57 years old was there in September

    We made a 10 day Mediterranean cruise with my ship 3 in Sept. 2016. Only in La Spezia it rained continuously and briefly in Rome. Otherwise only sun up to 30 degrees.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Petra , 55 years old was there in September

    The first night there was a massive storm and blue bags everywhere, but afterwards only sun, great weather. Beautiful sunsets and sunrises, just beautiful.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Alexandra, 63 years old was there in November

    We were in Greece, Italy (Naples and Sicily) and Marseille. Anywhere from 20 to 25 degrees. Just once rain in Greece.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Birgit , 52 years old was there in July

    On our first cruise “a dream cruise on the AIDAperla” from Barcelona via Palma, Corsica, Rome, Livorno and back with the beautiful AIDAperla. During the trip from Corsica to Rome, the weather was quite rough. The crew had everything under control and we always felt very well taken care of.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Odo, 52 years old was there in September

    The weather was simply super in the eastern Mediterranean, as well as the destinations would be more than worth seeing.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Arno Kohnert, 60 years old was there in March

    Unfortunately we had a lot of rain, and on the only day at sea there was a storm but heavy, wind force 10 which was very unusual in this region.

    Weather Rating: 1 stars – Mostly bad

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    Martina, 30 years old was there in May

    Cruise from 14 – 21 May 2017 Venice-Bari-Corfu-Athens-Dubrovnik-Venice. Unfortunately it rained slightly in Corfu and in Athens it poured all day so that we didn’t even go ashore. Nice weather for the rest of the days!

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Werner, 60 years old was there in October

    Eastern Mediterranean from/to Venice: wonderful weather, always sun, hardly any wind, hardly any waves. Except Corfu, a thunderstorm cell caught us, 4 hours of continuous rain, then sun again.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Karla, 54 years old was there in September

    It was sunshine every day, 25 degrees Celsius every day, no rain, hardly any clouds, magical sunrises and sunsets. It couldn’t be better

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Peter, 63 years old was there in November

    Partially rainy, cool and very windy, with a really autumnal touch.

    Weather Rating: 2 stars – Tricky

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    Bernhard , 61 years old was there in May

    Calm sea, pure sun. It couldn’t have been better.
    Departed from Venice,Bari,Olympia,Athens,Dubrovnik,Venice.
    During the whole trip we had a fantastic weather.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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