The summer holidays – long a minefield when organising a family cruise and looking to enjoy a dose of sunshine abroad.
From the shores of the Mediterranean, to the theme parks of Florida, there’s no denying that those scant six or seven weeks when younger cruisers have a break from their school days can be a bit of a nightmare.
The problem is that every other family cruisers in the UK seems to be travelling at the same time, crowding up beaches and turning the quiet paradise of destinations like the Costa Del Sol into a hurricane of kids running at full pelt from sun cream application, asking for ice cream, and parents struggling with luggage trying to navigate through countless other parents struggling with luggage.
There is, however a solution for those who would like to enjoy the summer sunshine without having to battle the crowds. A family cruise in September.
It sounds like it doesn’t make sense, but cruising during the tail end of the summer has its benefits. Many of the premier cruise destinations like the Mediterranean and the coast of Spain, still enjoy glorious weather, especially during the first half of September.
Not only can you find yourself making some spectacular savings on your voyage, but there’s the amazing prospect of being able to avoid the crowds in fine style. Sick of competing for pool space with a horde of Lilo lovers? This could be the best travel decision you ever make – ditching the battlefield of the airport at the height of the summer and enjoying your getaway without having to compete, gladiator-style ,with other families vying for space on the beach.
With the tourist season winding down for the year, you’ll also have the lion’s share of cruise itineraries to choose from, at prices which are difficult to ignore. With many lines looking to fill cabin quotas on voyages which are out of season, you could sail for a great price and enjoy plenty of add-ons too. Shore excursions will be less busy and rates onshore will be fantastic too – you can expect to dine for less, travel for less, and visit museums for a much smaller fee than the height of the tourist season, all while getting to experience a family cruise for the ages.
Royal Caribbean in particular, has a selection of cruises which are ideal for those looking to dodge the crowds. The line has a steadfast dedication to providing tons of excitement for families, and especially for the kids on board. Towering waterslides, and endlessly entertaining kids clubs means that all ages of younger cruisers are catered for…giving doting parents all the free time they need to enjoy the dining and entertainment option on board.
With the half term chaos behind you, family cruises in September can provide all the thrills of a summer voyage, without the downsides. So why wait? Join the late summer revolution and dodge the crowds – you’ll spend more time bragging about how peaceful the beach was than fighting for a buffet table for sure.
If you’d like to book a family cruise for September, take a look at our range of cruises here:
Or simply call 0808 1234 118 to speak to one of our concierge, and start organising your ideal family cruise today.