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Mini Cruises

Whether you’re new to cruising or only have a night or two to spare, mini cruises offer a way to enjoy all the excitement of a sea voyage on short-haul European journeys. These shorter cruises give you a little taste of the high seas, departing from a number of UK ports like Southampton, Dover, Portsmouth, Greenock, and Tilbury. Spot marine life or just enjoy on board entertainment as you cruise to ports like Dublin and Amsterdam. Some mini cruises are traditional, while others will involve a theme for a floating party atmosphere.

MINI CRUISES PORTS

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Take a jump back in time to the Dutch Golden Age when you visit Amsterdam, with its charming gabled houses and network of pretty canals. Don’t miss Dam Square with its imposing Royal Palace. The city’s home to over 50 museums, including the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and Anne Frank’s House. Hire a bicycle (or have a wander on foot) for a day of exploring its quirky shops, outdoor cafes and verdant parks!

Kingston upon Hull

Kingston upon Hull was 2017’s UK City of Culture, celebrated for its maritime history and artistic future. It’s long been the main port on England’s east coast. The bustling waterfront and Old Town have been refurbished, with art studios and trendy cafes flourishing around the Fruit Market district. Visit Hull for its transport-focused Streetlife Museum, or explore its marine life in the hands-on The Deep aquarium.

Tilbury

Tilbury, England

Tilbury offers a strategic location that makes it one of the world’s busiest ports! The Port of Tilbury is just 25 miles away from central London, and it offers convenient transport links both to the capital city and all across the South East of England. You’ll be able to see iconic sights like Big Ben and the Tower of London, all within easy reach from Tilbury. Take a ride on the London Eye for the best views!

The Bahamas

When you’re craving a proper holiday with white, sandy beaches and turquoise seas, it’s hard to beat the Bahamas as a destination! This archipelago is positioned off the eastern coast of Florida in the north Atlantic. Explore its 700 islands (plus thousands of cays!) to go snorkeling around coral reefs or scuba diving around shipwreck sites. Shop in Nassau’s bustling markets or visit the pink sands of Eleuthera.

Bruges

Bruges is most famous for its perfectly preserved medieval old town, all cobbled lanes and photogenic canals. You can take a trip back in time by wandering its streets lined with whitewashed alms houses. Relax in its market squares, including the central Markt with its outdoor cafes for people-watching. Visit the historic Belfry of Bruges bell tower, or admire artwork from Michelangelo at the Church of our Lady.

Bristol

Bristol has transitioned from a maritime center to cultural hub, particularly in areas like the Harbourside with its M Shed Museum. Former warehouses have been converted into art galleries and restaurants, but you can learn more about the city’s past with a visit to the SS Great Britain or Clifton Suspension Bridge. See street art from Banksy, explore the music scene, or relax in the hot springs at the Bristol Lido.

Dundee

A recently regenerated waterfront gives the historic coastal city of Dundee fresh appeal. It’s located on the east coast of Scotland overlooking the Firth of Tay, with highlights including the artworks of McManus Galleries and the brand-new Victoria and Albert Museum of Design. There are also two nautical museums to get a feel for the city’s maritime heritage, including the HM Frigate Unicorn and RRS Discovery.

Greenock

From Victorian architecture to an association with beloved poet Robert Burns, Greenock is a hidden gem just 25 miles away from Glasgow along the Firth of Clyde. Pay a visit to the Custom House Museum to learn more about its maritime past, or explore the McLean Museum and Art Gallery and Old West Kirk to admire its ornate stained glass. Take a stroll along the Greenock Cut aqueduct to admire panoramic Clyde views.

Dover

The White Cliffs of Dover are world-famous for their chalky beauty, but these imposing cliffs have also been an important barrier to protect Britain from invaders. Pay a visit to Dover Castle and its Secret Wartime Tunnels to learn more about the area’s defensive history over the past 2000 years! You can also explore the wildlife and scenery at Samphire Hoe Country Park, with its seabird colonies and channel views.

1 Jun 2019 - 5 Nights - Empress of the Seas

Miami, Cruising, Key West, Havana, Cuba, Havana, Cuba, Miami

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1 Jun 2019 - 4 Nights - Majesty of the Seas

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3 Jun 2019 - 4 Nights - Navigator of the Seas

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Singapore, Penang, Phuket, Cruising, Singapore

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3 Jun 2019 - 4 Nights - Norwegian Sun

Port Canaveral, Key West, Havana, Cuba, Havana, Cuba, Port Canaveral

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3 Jun 2019 - 4 Nights - Norwegian Sky

Miami, Havana, Cuba, Havana, Cuba, Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, Miami

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3 Jun 2019 - 5 Nights - Paradise

Tampa, At sea, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Mexico, At sea, Tampa

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4 Jun 2019 - 5 Nights - Quantum of the Seas

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What You Need To Know About Mini Cruises

When is the best time to book a mini cruise?

The beauty of mini cruises is that you can take them at any time of year. Summer is always a prime time for cruising around the British Isles or northern Europe, allowing you to enjoy warmer temperatures and fewer rainy days. Yet winter can be just as appealing if you take a mini cruise over to Bruges or Amsterdam to shop in the Christmas markets and see the festive, twinkling lights! Spring offers mild weather and fields of Dutch tulips while autumn gives you the chance to see the changing leaves or enjoy popular cities like Amsterdam without the summer crowds.

What are the can’t-miss highlights of a mini cruise?

One of the main highlights of a mini cruise is the ship itself! Take advantage of live shows, dancing, theme nights, and casinos for a little getaway at sea. Most short breaks also include a stop-off at the destination port (or two) of your choice, one of the most popular being Amsterdam with its verdant canals and museums. Rotterdam is another top port just a stone’s throw away on an overnight cruise, filled with modern art and maritime history. Explore the medieval architecture and waterways of Bruges, or venture over to France to visit romantic Paris or picturesque Rouen.

What are the visa requirements?

Another benefit of taking a mini cruise is that it doesn’t involve too much paperwork or fuss in comparison to long-term journeys. Visa requirements will depend on your cruising itinerary – many ships stay within the British Isles so all you’ll need is a picture ID or passport if visiting Dublin. For mini cruises over to the European mainland, at the moment you can enter visa-free provided you have a valid passport. UK citizens can travel freely in top destinations like France, the Netherlands, and Belgium, so all you really need to worry about is packing your bags!

What regional mini cruise dishes should you try?

You’ll have the opportunity to dine in style aboard your cruise ship’s restaurants, many of which will offer regional dishes as part of the cruise. When in port, do try local delicacies like syrupy Stroopwafels in the Netherlands! If you’re visiting Belgium, you can’t miss a plate of moules-frites, consisting of steamed mussels and Belgian frites. Be sure to pick up a box of chocolates or two on your journey as well. Mini cruises around the British Isles give you the opportunity to explore variances in regions, whether you taste haggis in Scotland or a cream tea in Plymouth.

MINI CRUISES EXPERTS

We have over expert 3 cruise consultants to help you book the perfect cruise. Many have first hand experience of Mini Cruises and you can find some of their best tips and advice below.
Cruise Expert Dani Jenkins

Dani Turner-Jenkins

Mini Cruises

Mini Cruises are a great way to dip your toes in the water (excuse the pun), and whether it is a 2/3/4/5 night mini cruise across the Sea, definitely worth it.

Josephine Wright

Josephine Wright

Mini Cruises

Mini breaks should be about re charging your batteries and seeing some stunning places. If a mini cruise has the right itinerary, then why not?!

Cruise Expert Ava North

Ava North

La Harve

Great atmosphere on board, Good for meeting people on board as the ships are small its a great way of socialising on a cruise

Berni Corner

Rhine River Cruise

Rhine Gorge is simply breathtaking the castles and buildings we saw along the way were picture postcard perfection

MINI CRUISES REVIEWS

Wonderful Braemar’s River Seine In November.

MINI CRUISES

Suzer the Cruiser, Bournemouth on 3rd Dec 2018

The assistance men were extremely helpful and friendly. So we have no complaints. As usual, Fred was wonderful. We have been on all their ships, in total around 20+ times.

Weekend Mini Cruise To Belgium.

MINI CRUISES

Bates, Chippenham on 16th Oct 2018

We decided on this Mini Cruise just for a weekend break away and not specifically for the ship or the itinerary. Having said that, Ventura to Zeebrugge was an excellent choice.

MINI CRUISES - DID YOU KNOW?

  • Some mini cruises are as short as one night, whether it’s an overnight ferry ride to mainland Europe or a ‘taster’ cruise from major cruise companies. Cruise lines will often offer affordable deals on their one-nighters when they’re repositioning a ship, so you may just travel from London to Southampton to get a taste for cruise life.

 

  • There are also more exotic itineraries on offer if you search for them with two or three-night cruises in the Mediterranean or further abroad to give you a little blast of sunshine and glamour when you’re short on time. Spend one morning on the beaches of St Tropez and the next in the casinos of Monaco before heading home.

 

  • Hull hosts the UK’s largest port complex, Humber Ports. Over one million passengers and 90 million tonnes of cargo pass through its docks each year, making it a prime spot for mini cruising.

 

  • Although you don’t have loads of time to explore a city on a mini cruise, a good way to make the most of a tight schedule is by hiring a bicycle. Cities like Bruges, Amsterdam and Paris all offer public bike hire stands so you can cover more territory and even get out into neighbouring villages.