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Cruises during the school summer holidays

The school summer holidays in July and August offer a great chance to get away with the family. Stretching across six weeks, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to family-friendly sailings during the summer holidays.

When are the school summer holidays?

In England and Wales, the summer holidays are usually a six-week long break which signifies the end of the academic year for pupils. It's the longest break for kids and presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy an exciting cruise.

The break typically falls in the last few weeks of July and lasts until the end of August or early days of September. However, it's always worth confirming the dates of your children's school holidays before booking a cruise, as dates can change slightly according to your school and the local area.

Summer cruise destinations

July and August are some of the most popular months for holidays, mainly because of the length of time pupils are out of school and families can explore further for longer. Popular destinations include:

  • Mediterranean - Explore some of Europe's most historic and cultural regions 
  • Caribbean - Kids will love Royal Caribbean's private island of CocoCay
  • British Isles - Circumnavigate the UK calling at Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • Greek Isles - Visit beautiful islands like Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes
  • Norwegian Fjords - Experience P&O Cruises' new ship Iona
  • Canary Islands - Accessible on cruises from the UK of 12 nights or more

Book your cruise

Take a look at our 2021 summer holiday cruises below and find your perfect sailing for your family below. From short seven-day breaks to a fortnight or even longer, there is a wide range of durations, dates and destinations to pick from.

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