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Old 01-01-2008, 06:09 PM
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I'm booked on 1 Nov 2008 from Barcelona for Nice, Florence, Rome, Ephesus, Athens and Naples. Was I wrong to book in Nov weatherwise. I was trying to avoid summer heat, crowds and the price was better? Please advise.
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:37 AM
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Sailing in November should definitely be better for the crowds, and you do get better pricing. As for weather; that can be the trade off. However; one can't predict. It could still be quite nice moderate weather, but then it could also turn cool. So I would pack a couple long sleeve, light weight sweaters, or jacket.
The other day here in Nashville was 57 and today is 35. Always be prepared for changes.
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Old 01-02-2008, 03:06 PM
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thanks for your reply about weather in the MED in November. Dave
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I live in England and would never cruise the med in November if weather was all important
The previous reply was correct -you might be lucky but it can be very changeable
As a general rule the weather is best in the west -Spain etc and worse in the East -Greece
The latest I have done is mid October when it was still nice at about 75F but starting to turn rainy
Best times to avoid crowds and get weather are May/June/September
Avoid Italy and Greece in August -excessively hot
Having said all of that you are going to some interesting places and if site seeing is your main aim you will probably enjoy them more as they will be relatively un crowded -Rome at 95F is not much fun!
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Geordie,

Thanks for you insights about cruising the MED in November, hmmm, rethinking my time-line.
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The mediterranean weather and crowds were perfect this past june. I would highly recommend that time of year.
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I did my Med cruise in mid Oct and thought the weather perfect. Comfortable to walk around with a light sweater, if not midday. Brought a sweater for the churches anyway. It is a wonderful way to see many historical wonders, with a few wine tours to balance it out. This was by far my favorite cruise of all.
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My husband and I did the Carnival Freedom repositioning cruise Oct. 25 to Nov. 11. We had a few days in Rome before Cruise. The afternoon we got there -25th it was rainy and cool but each day got progressively nicer. By Sat. we were in shirt sleeves for Vatican City.
Crowds being Sat., but.... WE had nother rainy day on Shipbut weather was never bad - usally comfortable. No complaints - just along way back to Miami. grandmag
 
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