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Featured cruises

Inside from £749pp

Scottish & Faroe Islands

  • 05 Aug 2021
  • 5 nights
  • Ship: Balmoral
  • No-Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Edinburgh (Rosyth) Scotland - The Needle, Orkney, Scotland - Lerwick, Shetlands - Tórshavn, Faeroe Islands - Edinburgh (Rosyth) Scotland

Includes: All meals throughout your cruise - from five course a la carte dining to informal buffets and late-night snacks , All evening entertainment, including cabarets and dancing, with a.…

Maiden Season
Inside from £799pp

Scenic Scotland in Five Nights

  • 28 Aug 2021
  • 5 nights
  • Ship: Borealis
  • No-Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Liverpool - Kirkwall, United Kingdom - Lerwick, Shetlands - Liverpool

Includes: 5% Discount for Ocean Club members*, FREE Gratuities for ALL bookings*, Exclusive FREE On Board Spend for ALL bookings*, Sail aboard the New Ship in the Fred. Olsen...

Balcony from £1,337pp

Brittany and Guernsey in Bloom

  • 21 May 2021
  • 5 nights
  • Ship: Spirit of Discovery
  • No-Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Southampton - Lorient, France - Brest, France - St Peter Port, Guernsey - Southampton

Includes: Free chauffeur service or port car parking*, Drinks & Gratuities Included*, Book now for 2021 with just a deposit*, Optional Travel Insurance Included with Coronavirus cancellation…

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What is a mini cruise?

A mini cruise is simply a cruise that lasts between 1 and 5 nights. Short cruises are a popular choice for those new to cruise and those seeking an alternative to the more traditional weekend away.

There are many reasons to pick a mini cruise. The perfect introduction, mini cruises are great for those looking to experience a cruise for the very first time. Eliminate any concerns you may have such as seasickness, dining worries or accommodation questions by taking a sample cruise. Sample cruises can be as short as one night but they open you up to so many opportunities.

Even if you’re not a first time cruiser, a short cruise offers the chance to try something new whether that be a cruise ship, a cruise line or a destination. Perhaps you’re interested in sailing with a different cruise line but you don’t want to commit to a longer itinerary? A mini cruise will enable you to truly immerse yourself in the on board experience - a try before you buy, if you will!

Mini cruises are a budget friendly option and what’s more, they offer a little taste of luxury. With Cunard, for example, you’ll feel like royalty as you enjoy luxurious amenities such as room service, afternoon tea, nightly turndown and the renowned White Star Service. But if it’s time rather than money you’re short of - a mini cruise is the ideal choice for a holiday quick fix!

Destination highlights

With so many cruise destinations to choose from there’s bound to be an itinerary to inspire you. Many mini cruises sail from the UK which means you’re one step closer to discovering the destinations on your doorstep. A British Isles mini cruise will enable you to unearth the gems hidden along our glorious coast. Or, you could take a short break to Europe. Head off on an Amsterdam mini cruise, visit Copenhagen and Oslo, explore Budapest or marvel at the continent's most famous Christmas markets. Because cruising doesn’t have to mean committing lots of time to sailing distant shores.

Which cruise lines offer mini cruises?

The majority of our cruise line partners offer shorter cruise holidays. Opt for a more intimate cruising experience with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, enjoy ultra-luxury cruising with Cunard or choose from family-friendly activities with Celebrity Cruises, P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises.

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