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Hong Kong Cruises
Hong Kong Cruises

When to Go

Fall is an ideal time to cruise from Hong Kong. The weather is more than welcoming -- rainfall is scarce, and both heat and humidity levels are on the wane. This is a subtropical destination, so cruise ship passengers can expect pleasant temperatures and plentiful sunshine throughout the season. A majority of vacation itineraries depart Hong Kong in October and November to take full advantage of autumn’s comforts.

Winters also are mild in this part of Asia. There’s very little rain and snow is almost unheard of between December and February; outdoor activities are rarely disrupted. Temperatures hover in the 60s during the day, so tourists are encouraged to carry sweaters and jackets, especially for breezy evening outings.

Spring, on the other hand, can be temperamental. From March through May, Hong Kong swivels between clear skies and threatening clouds with surprising speed and frequency. Daytime temperatures stall in the mid-80s, too, so travelers should pack light clothing as well as wet-weather gear. Some websites even joke that goggles and a snorkel would be appropriate for those hoping to wade through “soupy” humidity.

Tourism officials tout Hong Kong as an all-season destination, but summers can be hard on first-time visitors. In addition to high heat and humidity, about 80 percent of the city’s annual rainfall occurs between May and September. Summer is typhoon season, too, so cruise itineraries and other vacation plans are subject to change in the face of severe weather.