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Di Francesco - Answered a Question by hewitt (11 Jan 09 00:52)

Caribbean, avoid September to February,rainy and windy season, middle March to June fantastic, July to August too hot for me. Eastern Med, would not go in Sept Oct again, too windy. Not a whinger about the weather, just had bad weather the few times I went there at those times!

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hewitt - replied to Di Francesco (12 Jan 09 14:44)

Thank you for your help. We are now booked on grand princess may 9th for the med. Any hints or sugestions for a first time cruiser?

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Di Francesco - replied to hewitt (14 Jan 09 00:02)

Just enjoy your 1st cruise. Have not sailed with Princess so cannot comment on their ships. If you want to do excursions do not book them with Princess first ,have a look at your ports of call on the internet and cruise sites, you may save yourself a little money. Do not worry about dress code, tipping, etc., just do what you feel right. Never will forget my 1st cruise, woke up early 1st morning looked out of our window and saw Vesuvius smoking away. Awesome. Most American ships have European and US power sockets side by side, I take both adaptors with me. A cruise ship is just a floating hotel. Hope you enjoy.

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hewitt - replied to Di Francesco (15 Jan 09 15:41)

Thanks, I will take your advice!

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BLYTH - Answered a Question by hewitt (07 Jan 09 15:01)

Well for the Caribbean hurricane season starts July to October and on odd ocassions earlier in June and sometimes running into November so December to May you will still find good weather conditions, but in December to March sitting out sunbathing on the deck you can find a bit cooler with the movement of the ship being more obvious than it might be in July. In the Med we have stuck with April to September and this on most ocassions has had no problems. We did cruise in the Med in 1996 and the 3rd week in September was rough, luckily we were off the ship by then but freinds we met on the cruise contacted us when they got home, but this was 13 years ago.

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