PENNINGTON, N.J., Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Knowing where and when to cruise this fall can mean big savings, and Cruise Critic® ( http://www.cruisecritic.com), the leading cruise reviews and information site, shares the top cruise destinations to find off-season deals this fall.
Caribbean Low Season: September – Early January (excluding holiday weeks)
- Perks: The fall is a great time for last-minute availability and bargains – usually hundreds of dollars less per person than during the peak season. Although there is a threat of tropical storms, weather tends to be enjoyable and there are less crowds.
- Caveat: Hurricane season still poses a threat through November; if a storm is brewing in Florida or the Caribbean, it can mean a change in ports of call.
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Europe's Rivers Low Season: October – December
- Perks: Enjoy the castles, cathedrals and quaint shops without the summer crowds. A number of river cruise lines offer special Christmas market shopping cruises.
- Caveat: The weather can be especially cold, but for shoppers and Christmas lovers it's a unique way to experience the seasonal markets along the riverside.
- Perks: Less crowds and good deals, especially between Thanksgiving and Christmas vacation. More ships visit the islands in late September and October after the end of the Alaska season.
- Caveat: Hurricanes rarely affect the islands, but they come closest in September – bringing humidity and storms.
- Perks: More competitive fares and fewer crowds in port. Flights to Europe are generally lower around this time as well.
- Caveat: Ship inventory is not as high year-round; look for cruises in the warmer regions of the Mediterranean, such as Spain, Morocco and the Canary Islands.
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