Best places to cruise in March

Where to sail for the best weather and maximum adventure.

We’re reader-supported and may be paid when you visit links to partner sites. We don’t compare all products in the market, but we’re working on it!

While now may not be the right time to cruise, these destinations can inspire your future travel plans.

March is a changeover season for many parts of the world. In the northern hemisphere it's the end of the bitter cold and here in the south, we're getting ready to say goodbye to the heat of summer.

Our list covers the best places to consider for a cruise vacation with the best weather possible with no rain and maximum sunshine.

Top 5 places to cruise in March

Sea lion looking up at the camera.

1. Kangaroo Island

With the bushfires out it's time to start visiting impacted areas.

During the Australian bushfires, one of the worst hit destinations was Kangaroo Island. Now that the recovery process has started, if you've been putting a trip off then this is the time to go and support the local tourism trade.

  • Departures from: Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.
  • Why March? The cooler months draw in smaller crowds and wildlife is in easy view. Little penguins start to nest in March as well.


2. New Zealand

Winter is knocking on its door so it's time to see the last of the summer scenery.

The warmer months will soon be gone so March will be your last chance for those nature-based shore excursions.

While you won't see any snow, you'll be able to visit some of the most picturesque summer spots, like Hobbiton, Marlborough and the hot thermal springs of Rotorua.

Search for New Zealand cruises
  • Departures from: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Darwin.
  • Why March? You should find lower prices now that the summer crowds have died off.


3. Los Angeles

Rub shoulders with A-listers in the City of Angels.

The second largest city in the USA is the hub for all things Hollywood. If you're feeling like some childlike fun, head to one of the big theme parks or if you want to soak in all the sights then just pick an area and explore on foot.

Search for Los Angeles cruises
  • Departures from: Vancouver or San Francisco.
  • Why March? The rainy winter season is over and the air is less heavy with smog.


4. Melbourne

The big city that has a little something for everyone.

Melbourne is often called the cultural capital of Australia and for good reason. It's stylish, artsy and often the birthplace of hipster trends around the country.

You can choose to either do a roundtrip cruise or disembark in Melbourne to take in more of the sights before flying home.

  • Departures from: Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.
  • Why March? A slew of fun festivals happens in March with something to appeal to most. March is just after the city’s hottest and wettest months so you miss out on those sweltering Melbourne summers.

Great turtle swimming in the Great Barrier Reef. A man snorkelling has spied it.

5. Great Barrier Reef

Snorkel, dive or swim the largest coral reef system in the world.

As the weather cools down there's one tourist attraction you can bet will stay warm this month: the Whitsundays. Known for its heaven-sent beaches and marine life, it's enjoyed by young and old, solo travellers or multi-generational families.

Search for Great Barrier Reef cruises
  • Departures from: Most departures are from Sydney or Brisbane.
  • Why March? March is still brilliantly warm with temperatures in the high 20s yet it's in between school holiday dates meaning it will be less crowded.

More guides on Finder

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy and Privacy & Cookies Policy.
Go to site