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When planning cruises in August, you’ll want to make sure you get the most from your ports of call. Cruises offer an exciting immersive experience and the summer months are perfect if you’re after a mix of sightseeing and beach action. With August offering warm temperatures in most destinations, it’s the ideal time of year to combine sunbathing with exploration. You’ll be able to make the most of your deck-time in between ports of call, too.

Where to cruise in August?

France

Cruises in August to France promise a taste of luxury with ports such as Cannes, home of the legendary film festival, offering a heady mix of waterfront dining, relaxation and retail therapy. August sees plenty of festivals and events in Cannes, including the colourful Parade Fleurie. For shopping and sightseeing, Villefranche is the perfect springboard for trips to Monaco and Nice. Those in search of historic exploration will find the castles and monuments of Normandy give plenty of day-trip variety. All this and average temperatures of around 20°C – July and August are the warmest months – means you can soak up the culture and ramp up your Vitamin D levels into the bargain! Click to find cruise deals to France.

Croatia

Whether you’re after water sports or adventure, the sand-fringed Adriatic coastline ensures Croatia gives visitors plenty to smile about. With historic buildings at every turn in its Unesco-listed old town, Dubrovnik is the darling of any Croatian cruise itinerary. With honeycomb-coloured buildings, grand churches and cobbled alleyways opening out into sun-dappled squares there’s lots to enjoy. For an escapist vibe head to Cavtat, a pretty town on the southernmost tip of the Dubrovnik Riviera. With its tree-lined seafront and small pebbly coves, laid-back days are on the agenda. During August cruise deals to Croatia you can enjoy sizzling averages of around 28°C with this month serving up the most hours of sunshine, too. Click to find cruise deals to Croatia.

Greece

August cruises to Greece are drenched in sunshine so expect shimmering seas, water sports and a healthy sprinkling of day trips. Whether your chosen cruise features ports in mainland Greece, such as historic Athens with its famous Acropolis or one of the islands, you’ll experience a pleasing mix of crowd-pleasing gastronomy, ancient sights and showstopping beaches. Corfu is a highlight of many Greek cruise itineraries with its blonde beaches, Venetian fortresses and strollworthy old town. The weather will vary depending on where you’re situated, but August in Athens serves up averages of around 27°C. Click to find cruise deals to Greece.

Montenegro

Cruise deals in August offer a rich assortment of destinations, with mountainous Montenegro exceptionally easy on the eye during the summer months. Jaw-dropping scenery, more than 100 beaches, and glassy lagoons provide opportunity for hiking, water sports and lazy beach days. Average temperatures at this time of year are a pleasing 26°C so you can make the most of both the mountains and seaside resorts. Iconic sights such as the Cetinje Monastery provide interesting day-trip options. The Bay of Kotor (also known as Boka), is a delight to explore and one of the Mediterranean’s only fjords. Its port town boasts Venetian ramparts and a labyrinthine tangle of streets to explore and dine in. Click to find cruise deals to Montenegro.

Norway

August is Norway’s hottest month so you can expect lively days and temperatures between 18°C and 21°C, it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking on the fjords and mountain hiking. Scenery-wise, Norway doesn’t disappoint, with waterfalls, mirror-like lakes and snow-capped peaks providing a visual spectacle that’s sure to live long in your memory. There’s plenty to entice those in search of culture, too, with Bergen’s old Bryggen district deserving of its Unesco World Heritage status. August is berry-picking season in Norway, so when dining out be sure to try out desserts featuring the crop of the month: blueberries and raspberries. Click to find cruise deals to Norway.

Turkey

If you’re after beaches and sightseeing with a dash of the exotic, Turkey delivers. From the sumptuous sands of Kusadasi to the fascinating ruins of Ephesus, the country promises an adventure like no other, with August temperatures of around 27°C. For a culturally rich experience, Istanbul ticks all the boxes. With its atmospheric bazaars and ornately domed mosques and churches dominating the skyline, this enticing mix of cultures makes for a tantalising cruise experience. A visit the famous Blue Mosque with its six sky piercing minarets is a must. Click to find cruise deals to Turkey.

August cruise deals offer variety galore and an optimum amount of sunshine days. Cruising in the warmer months allows time to relaxation during days on board, while the good weather gives you the freedom to enjoy the beaches, explore the historic sights and take part in water sports and outdoor activities. August can be the perfect time to enjoy the remaining few months of summer sunshine or a last-minute getaway with the family before school starts.

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