Mini cruises are ideal for both beginner cruisers and travellers who are short on time. Even though a mini cruise typically ranges from just one to five nights, they serve up full measures when it comes to sights and attractions. With a mini cruise you can relax on deck, go for a swim, enjoy a large variety of entertainment, pamper yourself in health and beauty spas, workout in the sport and fitness areas, spend time in restaurants and bars and let any little ones loose in the kids’ clubs. Mini cruises may be short, but they offer all the same perks as a longer itinerary, so you don’t need to worry about missing out on that grand cruise ship experience.

Why choose a mini cruise?

You many not always have time to go on a two week holiday, but with a short cruise your time constraints are no longer an issue. These shorter cruises can be anywhere from one to five days long, and can even take place over a long weekend.

If you’re new to cruising, going on a mini cruise is a fantastic way to test the waters before you commit to a longer trip. A mini cruise is also ideal for adding a little luxury into your holiday, as opposed to a camping weekend or nearby hotel. You’ll get a great bang for your buck and are free to explore several fun destinations, all within a few days!

Mini cruise lines and ships

Most of the major cruise lines have their own mini cruise itineraries. You can opt to sail from the UK with several mini cruises from Southampton, including those from P&O Cruises, Cunard and Royal Caribbean®. Whether it’s a three-night mini cruise to Amsterdam or a relaxing 5-night escape that takes in the best of the British Isles, there’s a mini cruise out there for just about everyone.

Other cruise lines that cover mini cruises include Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises and Fred. Olsen.