More people are choosing to take cruises than ever before, and it’s so easy to see why. Cruise ships have always been luxurious, but modern ships are better than ever. Virtually acting as floating cities or 5-star resorts, these ships are fitted out with a vast array of features and amenities including dozens of different dining options, bars, pools, movie theaters, live entertainment, lounges, accommodation options, water slides, sports courts, and so much more.

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July is a great month to take a cruise because it's right in the heart of summer and it's one of the sunniest months of the year. There are lots of different cruise options in July, especially to exotic destinations like the Caribbean Islands or down to Central and South America. At this time of year, lots of families are choosing to go away, so you’ll find plenty of good family cruise options in July. See below to learn more about some the best July cruises you can take, including detailed overviews of the itinerary and cruise ships involved in each cruise.

- Carnival - 3 Night Baja Mexico - Carnival Inspiration

Running in July of each year, the '3 Night Baja Mexico' cruise from Carnival is one of the simplest cruise options for the summer, but it's also one of the best. Why? Well, the first big advantage of this cruise is that it's highly affordable. Prices can be very cheap on this cruise, and it's also accessible for many Americans, especially those located in the western states as it departs from Long Beach, California.

For this cruise, you'll be traveling on board the wonderful Carnival Inspiration. A Fantasy-class cruise ship that first launched in 1996, the Inspiration has undergone lots of renovation and redevelopment over the years to stay fresh and relevant, while still retaining her classic charms and personality. More than just a cruise ship, the Carnival Inspiration is a floating 5-star resort with a vast range of amenities, eateries, live entertainment shows, shops, bars, lounges, and so much more. Be sure to visit the Blue Iguana Cantina and try the tacos as you head down to Mexico.

This '3 Night Baja Mexico' July cruise leaves Long Beach and only makes one stop, so it's a short and sweet cruise that is just right for people who want a long weekend away with their partner, family, or friends. The single stop of this cruise is at Ensenada, Mexico. A hugely popular cruise and resort destination, Ensenada is home to beautiful beaches, great shopping, warm waters, great night life, and more.

- Royal Caribbean - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Enchantment of the Seas

Royal Caribbean is one of the biggest and best-known names in the cruise world. Even people who have never been on a cruise before know that Royal Caribbean is one of the leading lights when it comes to cruises, and you can see and experience all the benefits of traveling with Royal Caribbean if you choose to book a spot on board the Enchantment of the Seas for this '5 Night Western Caribbean' July cruise.

A Vision-class cruise ship with so much to offer, the Enchantment of the Seas features outstanding facilities and decoration. Designed by leading experts from top to bottom, this ship is so beautiful and so nicely laid-out, you'll never ever want to leave. Some of the highlights and unique features of this ship include a rock climbing wall, world class dining areas, a luxury spa, Broadway-level live shows, a bungee trampoline for the whole family to enjoy, exquisite accommodation options, amazing deck areas to admire the views, and more.

This Caribbean July cruise sets off from Galveston in Texas and makes a total of two stops. The first stop is at Progreso on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Only half an hour away from the state capital of Merida, Progreso is a great city with a lot to offer. You can hang around in the local area and spend some time on the beaches watching the ships go by and working on your tan or take the trip into Merida for some shopping, cuisine, and cultural landmarks. Next, you'll visit the Caribbean island of Cozumel. The scuba diving at Cozumel is outstanding, but if you prefer to stay dry, the beaches here are made up of the cleanest, purest, whitest sand you'll ever see.

- Carnival - 6 Night Eastern Caribbean - Carnival Magic

If you've got a little extra time to spare and want to spend almost a full week out on a luxury cruise ship exploring exotic destinations around the Caribbean Sea, the '6 Night Eastern Caribbean' could be the perfect July cruise for you. Prices for this cruise can be excellent if you book in advance and choose a simple interior room, but if you're willing to spend more then you can get some great balcony rooms and suites on board the Carnival Magic too.

The Magic really lives up to its name, offering magical experiences each and every day for all guests. A full-service, full-featured cruise ship with a wealth of amenities and features, the Magic is a true 'home away from home' and really helps to make this particular cruise even more memorable and exciting for all guests. The crew are really friendly, the shops have great prices, the facilities are clean and contemporary, the dining options are delicious, and there's something fun waiting around every corner.

The first stop after leaving Miami is at Half Moon Cay, which is actually a private island destination reserved exclusively for cruise passengers. This means you don't need to worry about gigantic crowds of tourists and can really relax, enjoying the scenery and soft sands beneath your feet. Next, you'll visit Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic. One of the most-visited and most beloved locations anywhere in the Caribbean, Amber Cove is perfect for snorkeling, wildlife spotting, sunbathing, and more. Finally, you'll get to spend some time on Grand Turk Island of the Turks and Caicos Islands. There, you can check out landmarks like the Grand Turk Lighthouse, visit the Turks and Caicos National Museum, and feel like royalty on Governor's Beach.