These are the photos which portray the excitement and nervous anticipation of the children as they get ready to embark on their special journey from Sunderland.
Were you one of the lucky few who got to on one of the cruises?
They would sail to Scandinavia, the Mediterranean and Gibraltar.
1. Carrying their luggage
Carrying their luggage, these pupils and teachers from County Durham schools board the cruise liner MS Devonia, which sailed at noon.
2. Pointing out the sights
Teacher and pupils taking a look around.
3. Parents gather to wave off their children
Parents waiting to wave off their children as they embark on their journey on the MS Devonia
4. The ship sets sail
The MS Devonia sets off on its journey
Photo: Sunderland Echo