April to November is the best time of year to cruise Europe, and you will have the widest selection of ships during this time.

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Great Britain and Ireland - Late summer and early fall are the sunniest months.

Temperatures are generally much cooler (only in the low- to mid-60s) than on the European continent.

Rivers of Europe - River cruise ships operate on the great rivers of Europe from early spring through November and again for the Christmas markets in early December.

Greece, Turkey, the Rivieras, and southern Italy and Spain get especially hot in the summer, with temperatures approaching 100 degrees away from the ocean.

Scandinavia and the Baltics - Cruises usually run to northern Europe only from late May to early September, with the late summer providing the best weather (70s or higher).

Mid-June to early July is particularly interesting because of the midnight sun, which only disappears for 3-4 hours each night.

Hurtigruten operates its Norwegian coastal voyages year-round along the western coast of Norway, so you can see the midnight sun in the summer and the Northern lights in the winter.

Sometimes tourist facilities close during the off season or have shorter opening hours, but your savings could be substantial.

The time of year is somewhat driven by where you want to go on your European cruise.