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Royal Caribbean cruises in July 2023: What to expect

21 May 2023
Matt Hochberg

No month is more synonymous with summer cruise vacations than the month of July.

Liberty of the Seas pool deck

You'll find warm temperatures across all of Royal Caribbean's sailings along with (hopefully) sunny skies.

The month of July is the peak of the summer cruise season, which means families are on summer break and demand for a summer vacation reaches its height. Very likely your ship and the places you visit will have lots of people looking to enjoy a break.

In Europe specifically, July is the month when Europeans go on holiday (along with August), so prepare to see a lot of people wherever you go in ports. Be vigilant about your surroundings, as pickpockets in Europe are common in the summer.

Ship at CocoCay

The one region where the month of July is off-season is the Caribbean. Given many ships left the Caribbean to sail Europe or Alaska, there are less ships in the Caribbean.  While that may mean less ships in Caribbean ports of call, there's still plenty of people that will be booked on the ships that are left.

If you have a summer cruise in July, here's what to expect on your sailing.

Ships sailing in July 2023

Rhapsody of the Seas in Greece

You'll find Royal Caribbean offering cruises in Alaska, Europe, and the Caribbean.

July is the most popular month for a summer cruise because families don't have to worry about the school calendar, and it's also when the weather is warmest in Alaska and Europe.

Conversely, July represents a very off-peak time in the Caribbean for cruises.  There are less ships sailing to the Caribbean compared to the winter, and it's also quite hot and humid.

July weather on a cruise


July sees some of the hottest temperatures for any of the regions you will be cruising from.

In Europe, heatwaves are not uncommon in July. The Greek islands can see temperatures that get into the 90s, but most of Europe should have high temperatures in the 80s, with overnight lows in the 60s.

Sea conditions in the Mediterranean are quite calm, with smooth sailing expected.  Likewise, July has great weather in terms of low chance of rain. 

Nice, France

In short, expect hot, sunny skies when you are in port or ashore.

Read moreWhat is the best time to cruise the Mediterranean?

If you are headed to Alaska, you will also enjoy some of the warmest temperatures of the season. July is one of the best months for an Alaska cruise because of the very comfortable outdoor conditions. Temperatures are always all over the place in Alaska, but high temperatures in the 70s or even 80s is not unheard of.

Expect up to 18 hours of sunlight in July. Chances of rain also increase as the summer months go by, so don’t forget to bring all of your rain gear.

Read moreWhen is the best time to cruise to Alaska?

Freedom of the Seas in CocoCay

If you have a Caribbean cruise, I hope you like it hot and humid.

Daily high temperatures in the Caribbean during July will be in the upper 70s to upper 80s, and plenty of humidity. Believe it or not, temperatures don't go much into the 90s because of how the tropics tend to always be around the same temperature throughout the year.

With those toasty temperatures, it will feel perfect for a swim, as the ocean temperatures will be quite warm.

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Expect it to rain every day of your July cruise in the Caribbean, but that doesn't mean an all-day soaker. Thunderstorms roll in and out quickly in the Caribbean, so afternoon downpours are common, but short lived. Plan on outdoor activities but you may need to seek shelter for a few minutes to let the rain pass.

Don't forget, it's hurricane season in the Caribbean, so a tropical storm could cause a change in your itinerary.

Read moreWhat to know about cruising during hurricane season in the Caribbean

Is July a good month to cruise?

Rhapsody of the Seas in Kefalonia

If you want the warmest weather for your cruise, July is the perfect month to take a cruise, especially in Alaska.

The weather in Alaska is always in flux, but generally speaking, you'll find the most comfortable outdoor temperatures in July.  

The optimal weather comes at the price of crowds, as lots of people want to sail this time of year. Demand for a July cruise is among the highest of the year (along with Christmas and Spring Break).  Higher demand means you're not likely to find a deal, especially at the last-minute.


Considering Royal Caribbean cruise ships sail full year-round anyway, what "higher demand" means to you is you'll likely pay more for a July cruise instead of another month, and there will be more ships in port with you.

Not only is demand higher for Royal Caribbean, but other cruise lines as well.  Expect ports full of ships in Alaska and Europe, which means you need to plan ahead better for shore excursions.

Read moreTop 10 cruise ship shore excursion mistakes to avoid

Europe family

Shore excursions in July tend to sell out much faster than other months because of how many other cruise passengers you are competing with. If you have a July cruise booked, be sure to book your tours as early as possible to avoid missing out.

Read more7 ways to have a great time in port without a cruise ship shore excursion

If you're going to take a Caribbean cruise, expect fewer choices of ships compared to the winter.  This is because the summer is off season for the Caribbean cruise market.

I wouldn't characterize July as a bad month to sail the Caribbean. Less ships means your ports of call wont be as busy. Plus, you don't have to worry about being cold at all.

Of course, July in the Caribbean is the wet season, so it will likely rain at least once a day and be quite humid throughout the day. Nonetheless, the rain showers usually pass quickly, and you can enjoy pool weather morning, afternoon, and night.

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Matt started Royal Caribbean Blog in 2010 as a place to share his passion for all things Royal Caribbean with readers. He oversees all the writers at Royal Caribbean Blog, and writes a great deal of content on a daily basis.  He has become one of the foremost expert on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Over the years, he has reached Pinnacle Club status with Royal Caribbean's customer loyalty program.

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