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Why are there so few cruise ships in the cruise capital during the summer months?

It's hot, humid, and nearly void of cruise ships. That is the Florida summer. It seems contrary to what you might imagine, but the summer time is not peak cruise season in South Florida. This comes up a lot when I'm out at the ports on the weekend and people ask how many ships are sailing out, so I thought I'd take a moment to explain. The short answer? Every cruise destination has a season.

Allure of the Seas was the only ship sailing out of Port Everglades this day in August of 2016
Allure of the Seas was the only ship sailing out of Port Everglades this day in August of 2016

Cruise ships are frequently compared to hotels. This makes sense, in that they host people for short periods of time, and offer dining, entertainment, and rooms. A big difference is that many hotels in hot tourist spots have low seasons. If you have a hotel in Maine, you know the winter time is gonna be very slow - you might not even stay open. Ships however can follow the business. Sure, some stay in one spot all year, I mean, there isn't a bad time to lay on the beach in Barbados, but what about the people that want to go other places? Mostly because of weather (the weather in the destination, and also the weather others might be escaping), the seasons look something like below (there are certainly other destinations, this is just a sample).

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In sharing my love of cruising over the years, I've realized two things; people who cruise *love* talking about cruising, and there are endless questions about cruising. In 2015 I began Periscoping* ships sailing out of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL. As a Florida local and a cruise lover, I thought it'd be fun to share my view with a few people. To my surprise, far more than a few turned out. I found myself answering questions about cruising, and gabbing out the 'vacation turned hobby'. During these chats people asked if I had a website with more information. While there is no lack of cruise information out there, I thought it'd be fun to share my take on things, spark discussion, and point out some of the great resources on the internet for cruise information.

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