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Italy/Greece/Israel in October. What to wear?

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I have only done Caribbean cruises.  Unsure how to dress/pack for the Mediterranean in October (18-Nov 1).   Will the weather be conducive to laying out on the ship?  Will I need a jacket for the ship?  I can look at average temps and it seems pretty good (60-70) during the day.  But wanted input from anyone  who has been on Mediterranean cruises in October/Fall. TIA

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On 9/11/2019 at 9:36 AM, racnwdow said:

I have only done Caribbean cruises.  Unsure how to dress/pack for the Mediterranean in October (18-Nov 1).   Will the weather be conducive to laying out on the ship?  Will I need a jacket for the ship?  I can look at average temps and it seems pretty good (60-70) during the day.  But wanted input from anyone  who has been on Mediterranean cruises in October/Fall. TIA

 

Most important will be a rain jacket.... you will have a good mix of sunshine and rainy cold days.

The good news is there are few crowds at that time of year.

 

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We've been to the area 3 times in the past and I wore capris and t-shirts or blouses nearly every day.  Lots of folks enjoyed laying in the sun on the back deck, or around the pool, as the temperatures were quite nice.

 

Smooth Sailing!  🙂🙂🙂

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The Med covers a large area, so the weather is likely to vary. If you will be in Venice, for example, you may find it cooler and rainy. However in Israel and also in the more southerly Greek islands it is much more likely to be warm, yes even warm enough to sit out on the deck onboard.


The best packing strategy for shoulder season trips like these are layers. Bring a lightweight waterproof rain jacket large enough to layer a sweater or fleece underneath. With those layers and a tee shirt you should be able to mix and match layers as needed for warmer or cooler temps.

 

I probably wouldn't wear shorts ashore, but capris or lightweight pants should be fine. Europeans tend to dress for the season rather than for the weather so you are likely to see jeans and sweaters with boots in Italy and possibly Greece (except on the more resort-y islands).

 

I'm a veteran of 9 Med cruises in October/November; it's just about my favorite time of year to cruise there due to the fact that there are fewer tourists. 

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9 hours ago, cruisemom42 said:

The Med covers a large area, so the weather is likely to vary. If you will be in Venice, for example, you may find it cooler and rainy. However in Israel and also in the more southerly Greek islands it is much more likely to be warm, yes even warm enough to sit out on the deck onboard.


The best packing strategy for shoulder season trips like these are layers. Bring a lightweight waterproof rain jacket large enough to layer a sweater or fleece underneath. With those layers and a tee shirt you should be able to mix and match layers as needed for warmer or cooler temps.

 

I probably wouldn't wear shorts ashore, but capris or lightweight pants should be fine. Europeans tend to dress for the season rather than for the weather so you are likely to see jeans and sweaters with boots in Italy and possibly Greece (except on the more resort-y islands).

 

I'm a veteran of 9 Med cruises in October/November; it's just about my favorite time of year to cruise there due to the fact that there are fewer tourists. 

 

Thank you for the great answer. I’m not the OP, but I just logged on to see if I could find an answer to this very question. We’ll be going from Barcelona to Venice from 10/30-11/8 and I now feel more confident in what to pack. 

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I don't know when or where you'll be in Israel, but it will probably be cooling off a bit (it's gone from the 90s to the low 80s just this week, and October is usually when 'winter' settles in here -- it goes from the 80s to the 50s almost overnight...) but probably won't be too rainy. If you're considering coming to Jerusalem, you might consider covering shoulders and knees and bringing a scarf for sight-seeing. Otherwise, you'll probably be fine at tourist sights.

 

I would definitely bring a jacket or warm wrap for the ship in the evenings, the wind over the ocean will likely be chilly, but lovely.

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Hi, I've cruised/traveled to that region a couple of times in October, & I wold say you'll probably experience a good mix of warm to cool weather...  Greece for us was warm but windy... I believe I was wearing linen shorts &  long sleeved linen tees there,with a big sunhat.   DH wore shorts as well, however we also hit ports in Turkey where we had super hot weather one day, & cold rain on another...  there were definitely days that were swimsuit weather on board the ship.  I'd say light layers are the key, & definitely be prepared to protect yourself form both hot sun & rain :)

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Be prepared to layer your clothing and just know that just like in many parts of the world weather varies.

 

cruisemom42 knows the Med very well and is correct.  Italy itself varies quite a bit in temperature.

 

It could be warm, even hot in spots or cooler and things can change by the day.

 

We have been to the Med often in October and that is our experience.

 

As to changes we had a back to back in Vienna totaling three days in October one year.

 

Day one.  Cold.  Felt like Alaska in the early part of the season.  Needed to wear a jacket.  Some rain.  Next day began cool but warmed as the day progressed.  Day three hot.  Wore shorts.  In short the weather varied quite a bit in three days.

 

And bring an umbrella and ideally a rain jacket with hood.

 

Keith

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I am sailing in 2 weeks out of Venice:classic_biggrin::classic_smile::classic_smile::classic_biggrin:....actually 2 weeks from now I will be in the air!

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Just to add weather in Europe is pretty unsettled at the moment, picking up the tail ends of hurricanes/tropical storms ex Caribbean on the easterly Atlantic flow and looks showery so the tip about a compact umbrella and raincoat are spot on. We have been to both Cyprus and Turkey in the Fall and as stated it weather for layers, days start cool and gain heat as days progresses reverting to cooler in the evenings. And definetle agree its the best time when all the madness of summer crowds have gone. Have a great trip. 

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