Short cruises are a fantastic option when you’re in need of a holiday but don’t necessarily have the time or the money to splurge on a weeks-long voyage on the high seas. The 3, 4, and 5 night itineraries are also a great taster for first-time cruisers wanting to dip their toe in the cruise holiday scene without having to commit to a lengthy jaunt at sea.
What’s more, because short getaways are becoming increasingly popular, the variety of short cruises on offer has expanded a great deal over the years. Yes, you can still set sail to nowhere and soak up the salty sea air to your heart’s content for three days straight, but you’ve also got the option of a few days of detox with a health and wellbeing cruise, or an island hopping cruise where all you need to worry yourself with is remembering to pack the beach towel.
Whether it’s a long weekend getaway or an add on to your next overseas holiday, a short cruise may just be what you’re looking for.
Here’s a look at our pick of 5 of the best short cruises on offer at the moment:
Looking for something a little different from your short break? Themed cruises offer up entertainment packed holidays at sea where you can revel in a holiday that’s centred around a particular interest. If your idea of a themed cruise is a wacky weekend at sea you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Themed cruises cover a diverse range of interests, including food and wine, fitness and wellbeing, music, comedy, sports, and even photography. Our pick for a themed cruise? P&O’s Dark Mofo cruise where you can celebrate winter solstice with good food, music, and lots of partying.
Queen Mary 2, Canada and New England
If you’d love nothing more than a traditional luxury cruise experience with a side of fascinating history and grand natural beauty, then you can’t go past the Queen Mary 2 Canada and New England short cruise. With royal high teas, grand ballrooms and attentive crew at your beck and call, you’ll be wining and dining in luxury as you explore the picturesque east coast of Canada and the USA.
With the Bahamas just a short hop, skip, and a jump away from mainland USA, they’re the perfect tropical destination for a short cruise. A relaxing day at sea travelling to and from paradise eliminates the stress of flying and allows you time to get into full relaxation mode even before you step foot on the powder soft sands of the islands.
P&O Sea Breaks
P&O’s Sea Breaks short cruises offer up everything from quick island getaways to luxe destinations such as Kangaroo Island or the Whitsundays, to comedy cruises where you can laugh up a storm with some of Australia’s best comedians. They are the perfect long weekend getaway where you can relax from the get-go and forget about the hassles of flights, accommodation, and transport that always seem to suck the fun out of short break holidays.
Want a tropical short cruise that will see you visiting a variety of destinations? A Western Caribbean cruise is a pretty good bet. A 5-day short cruise can have you marvelling at the ancient Mayan ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula, snorkelling the impressive underwater world of Roatan, kicking back to the tunes of reggae with rum in hand in Jamaica, and strolling the powdery sands of the Cayman Islands.
Did our article ‘5 of the best short cruises’ make you want to take a short break at sea?
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