Thinking of booking a pre-winter escape? With warm, sunny temperatures still soaring around the world and crowds thinning after high season, October is a great time to book that cruise you’ve been waiting for – and with half-term approaching, it’s a great time to take the kids too. We reveal where to get your sunshine fix as the rest of us prepare for the winter…
Warm, sunny weather and less crowds make October a great time for visiting Gran Canaria. Temperatures regularly reach highs of 27C, even in Autumn, so you don’t have to travel far for a sunbathing session. With the Canary Islands being so accessible by pretty much every cruise line in these autumn months, you can pretty much take your pick on who to travel with! Stop by Playa del Ingles if you like a bit of liveliness, or have a relaxing trip to Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria for a much more peaceful area and quiet beaches.
- Average October temperature: 23°C
- Average rainfall: 16 mm
- Hours of sunshine: 7 hours
Said to be the birthplace of Aphrodite (the goddess of love and beauty), Cyprus certainly lives up to her name. Golden beaches, historical sites and stunning landscapes make Cyprus the perfect destination for October holidays. The third largest island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus encapsulates the indulgent pleasures of the Mediterranean alongside its own unique and vibrant culture.
- Average October temperature: 22°C
- Average rainfall: 18 mm
- Hours of sunshine: 9 hours
Fancy something different? How about an Arabian cruise to Jordan? One of the most visitor-friendly countries in the Middle East, Jordan remains unseen by many. Yet there are quietly spectacular things to see here – ancient and awe-inspiring Petra, the Roman city of Jerash, the Dead Sea, the Red Sea, great desertscapes and Bedouin camps, all waiting to be discovered. In October there are still bright sunny days that light the rock of Petra up rose-red – but it’s cool enough to journey into the Valley of the Moon on camel or horseback by day, and warm enough to sit out under the starry sky by night!
- Average October temperature: 20°C
- Average rainfall: 10 mm
- Hours of sunshine: 10 hours
Summer in this popular southern Croatian destination is very busy, however, autumn is a fantastic time to visit the likes of Dubrovnik and Split. The weather is less humid and the sea is still warm enough for swimming – and not to mention most cruises drop in price dramtically. Often referred to as shoulder season, this climate makes walking around the ancient cities and sights easier and much more enjoyable!
- Average October temperature: 18°C
- Average rainfall: 20 mm
- Hours of sunshine: 11 hours
Weather? Perfect. Mauritius enjoys toasty temperatures all year round, but October is the ideal time for warm, dry weather. The island is just heating up after a slightly cooler winter, but it’s not yet humid and rainy. In fact, October is generally the month with the least rain, especially along the west coast where sunny weather is almost guaranteed. With golden beaches and clear ocean beds which make it one of the most stunning places in the world for snorkeling, a cruise to this part of the world is rewarding in so many ways!
- Average October temperature: 28°C
- Average rainfall: 5 mm
- Hours of sunshine: 9 hours
So what are you waiting for?
There’s no better way to spend October than on a cruise – all you need to do is call 0800 027 8302 and you can make October sun a reality! Alternatively, take a look at our Deals section for some cruise inspiration.