Tips for Making the Most of the Best Greek Cruises
If you're interested in Greek cruises, you may be thinking about how it wasn’t all that long ago that the Greek islands were considered the “playground” of the rich and famous, with the world’s wealthiest individuals jet-setting all over these amazing Mediterranean destinations and enjoying everything that Greece has to offer.
And while other islands now hold that distinction of being the “go to” destination for the incredibly affluent and the incredibly wealthy, it’s opened up Greek cruises and Greek vacations to the rest of us – providing you with an opportunity to enjoy all that Greece brings to the table without having to blow up your bank account along the way.
If you’re serious about taking advantage of the best Greek cruises around (cruises hosted by Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, Carnival, or the Norwegian Cruise Line, just to name a few) you’ll want to make the most of all the advice we highlight below to create a truly special vacation experience.
Best Time of Year to Take Greek Cruises
The most popular time to visit Greece and the Greek islands on vacation is definitely between early May and late October, with July and August being the most popular time of year for people to take advantage of Greek cruises.
If you come in the middle of the summer, however, expect and anticipate temperatures that can get up to 100°F. June and September are a little bit cooler and the tourist season isn’t quite as crowded.
Also, if you come in September during the grape harvest at the Santorini Vineyards you’ll be able to enjoy some amazing wine, too!
Greek Island Itineraries You'll Want to Check Out
The eastern Mediterranean islands of Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete are incredibly popular, as are Greek cruises that have itineraries that include popular Greek islands and Turkish ports of call as well.
Some cruises will take you straight through Italy to Athens and then finish up in Istanbul, and others will take you all the way to Israel if you are interested.
Tips and Tricks to Make the Most of Your Greek Cruise Excursion
Right out of the gate, you’ll want to prepare yourself for the sun and the temperatures that you’re likely to experience on these cruises.
As we highlighted above, it’s not difficult for summer temperatures to hit 100°F or higher – and even if you go during a cooler season you want to make sure you have plenty of sunscreen to protect yourself.
The best Greek cruises always involve a couple of calls to port in some of the most beautiful Greek islands, and you’ll want to prepare yourself for the crush of crowds that can occur when numerous cruise ships at the height of cruise season disembark at the local islands.
Finally, you want to make sure you are best prepared for price fluctuations. The Greek economy has stabilized quite a bit over the last few years, but it’s been hit with some pretty rough and rocky times over the past decade and it’s impossible to anticipate fluctuations in taxes and currency value any further than a month or two down the line.
Have a look at your travel budget right before you disembark to make sure that everything is good to go!