The spring months can be a great time to find more unusual
expedition voyages, as ships reposition between their winter and
summer bases. Options to consider include West Africa,
with some fascinating itineraries visiting destinations such as
Benin, Cape Verde and Namibia.
April is the tail end of the green season in the Galapagos, when the islands are still covered in lush
vegetation, and waved albatross begin to arrive on the island of
Española in large numbers. Spring is also the best time to see
large pods of dolphins and whales in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, memorably described by Jacques Cousteau
as 'the world's aquarium'.
Spring is cherry blossom season in Japan, and
an increasing number of expedition voyages offer you the chance to
see more off-the-beaten-track corners of this intriguing country.
Meanwhile in the southern hemisphere it's autumn colours that
predominate, and this can be a beautiful and less busy time of year
to visit Patagonia and the Chilean Fjords. Elsewhere in South
America it's high water season in the Amazon, when more of the forest is navigable by river