March is a beautiful time of year – the days are longer, the weather is slightly warmer and spring is on its way. But, in some parts of the world, March is hot and balmy. You can lounge on the tropical beaches of South America, whale watch in the Mexican Riviera and avoid the summer rains (just) in Tahiti.
Sounds great, right? If you’d like to set sail on an exotic adventure or explore new destinations closer to home, a March cruise could be just the ticket for you. March is still very much considered ‘off-season’ which means fewer crowds and even better deals. You can enjoy all the tourist hotspots without the queuing, the jostling and the inflated entry prices.
Everyone’s Irish on St Patrick’s Day, so you don’t need an excuse to join the party. This vibrant festival is celebrated around the world with parades, parties and lots of Guinness. It’s the biggest and best event in March, so don’t miss out. Plan a cruise from the UK that incorporates some of that Irish charm. Cruise to the Emerald Isle for authentic St Paddy Day celebrations. Where better to celebrate Irish culture than with the Irish themselves? Dublin is the natural choice - the festival is a 4-day family-friendly event with music, comedy, exhibitions, an indoor food and beer market and of course the beloved parade.
If you want to combine a more exotic March cruise with the party of the year, consider South America. Surprising as it may seem, Buenos Aires is regarded as one of the best places in the world to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. The celebration is given a bit of South American flair with a carnival and all-night party. The atmosphere, as 50,000 people descend on the streets of Buenos Aires, is out of this world.
May is a fantastic time of the year to see Northern Europe too. With the early summer sun starting to cast its glow, the Norwegian fjords and Baltics come to life. From breath-taking natural wonders to fantastic inner-city adventures, you’ll be spoilt for choice when you see the wealth of experiences on offer.