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School Holiday Cruise Deals

Friday, 31 July 2009

A record number of British families will set sail on a cruise holiday this summer, taking advantage of last minute cruise deals as schools finish up for the holidays this week.

The cruise industry grew by more than 11 per cent last year as families across the UK opted for all-inclusive holiday options and cruise liners launched a host of new ships and itineraries. This trend is set to continue this summer, with cruises accounting for at least one in ten holidays booked.

Cruise ships are well set up for families, offering supervised child care around the clock in the form of kids clubs on board and qualified nannies for younger children.

Older children can enjoy teen-only lounges and night clubs on board offering a range of entertainment including PlayStations, Nintendo Wiis and Formula 1 simulators.

Larger ships are often equipped with bowling alleys, surf parks, ice skating rinks and rock climbing walls with family movies under the stars and West End-style shows in the evenings.

James Cole, director at Cruise118, said: "Cruise holidays can be tailor-made for any family, with a host of different facilities on board to keep children of all ages entertained.

"For babies and younger children, cruise lines such as P&O Cruises and Costa Cruises are ideal as they both offer an excellent choice of kids' clubs and entertainment. For older children, Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas offers great kids' menus for picky eaters and even private surfing lessons on the ship's FlowRider wave simulator.

"A cruise holiday represents superb value for money, with most of the usual holiday extras such as food, entertainment, sunbeds and sometimes even drinks and ice cream included in the cost. Holiday makers can also choose to sail from UK ports if preferred to cut out the hassle and cost of flights to international ports."

Here's a selection of Cruise118.com's best school holiday late cruise deals:









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