Mini cruises & short cruise holidays & breaks



us flag Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

based: Florida, USA

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A short cruise getaway to Grand Bahama Island with two nights on-board enjoying ocean views, delicious dining, live entertainment, casino, spa and more.

| short & mini cruises | Bahamas |

uk flagDFDS Seaways five star Featured Site

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DFDS LogoDFDS have a host of mini cruises on offer (offers vary depending on time of year). Also holidays and combined short cruise/hotel breaks to Europe: check here». Themed mini cruises with included visits (bulb fields, gardens, Legoland, Amsterdam Artis Zoo) or which include attractions like on-board entertainment, gastronomic events; festive trips; Christmas markets; combined cruise/drive trips; and family mini cruises.

| short & mini cruises | theme cruises | bulb fields | self drive | Christmas shopping/Christmas markets | family/child friendly | theme park | gastronomic | Holland | Denmark | Germany | Belgium | France | Scandinavia​ | Poland​ | Lithuania ​|


Oz Cruising

based: Canberra, Australia

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Short cruises in Eastern Australia, with short mini-cruises available for anything from 2 to 5 days. A great opportunity to try cruising out, without busting your annual holiday budget. Wide range to choose from, such as: Melbourne to Sydney, Whitsundays, a range of cruise samplers, Moreton Island, Papua New Guinea ...

| short & mini cruises | Australia |


uk flagShearings – Mini Cruises five star Featured Site

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Shearings LogoShearings mini-cruises and short cruise breaks visiting Amsterdam and Bruges. Also themed mini-cruises including war/battlefield trips, Christmas markets or flower and gardens cruises.

| short & mini cruises | theme cruises | bulb fields | Christmas shopping/Christmas markets | Holland | Belgium |


Truly Croatia

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2–5 night, short cruises in Croatia; a range of mini, one-way sailings such as the Kvarner Bay of Islands cruise, or the Southern Explorer from Dubrovnik to Split.

| short & mini cruises | Croatia |


uk flagHebridean Island Cruises

based: North Yorkshire, UK

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Short cruises and taster cruises around the West coast of Scotland on the luxury cruise liner Hebridean Princess.

| short & mini cruises | Scotland |


Varianos Travel

based: Nicosia, Cyprus

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Mini cruises from Limassol, Cyprus to Port Said, Beirut, Latakia, Haifa, Piraeus and the Greek Islands.

| short & mini cruises | Europe |


Visit Denmark

based: Copenhagen, Denmark

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Mini-cruises in Denmark, sailing the beautiful Danish archipelago or offering a short trip to other, nearby, Scandinavian destinations.

| short & mini cruises | Denmark |




Looking for a short break at sea? Mini cruise holidays, 'taster' cruises, short cruise breaks (or long weekends), of anything from two to five days, are becoming ever more popular for those with limited time. 'Taster' short cruises are now offered by many of the established cruise line companies, while passenger ferry operators are also increasingly offering minicruises as an option.


What is a mini cruise?
The term 'mini-cruise' most often refers to short breaks and holidays in Europe now offered by many of the passenger ferry operators. These usually combine a scheduled crossing on an overnight passenger ferry from the UK to mainland Europe, with city accommodation and transfers for a land-based section of the stay.


Mini cruses may be offered as themed trips with on-board entertainment, may include excursions from the destination port and may be extended into cruise/hotel or cruise/drive holidays – also check out our dedicated themed cruises section for additional themed sailings.


'Taster' cruises and other short cruises (of around 2–5 days duration) are also now offered by some of the large cruise lines (on ships more commonly used for longer ocean going trips). These either operate out of local ports and offer nearby destinations (e.g. departing from Southampton and sailing to ports like Amsterdam, Guernsey, Hamburg, Le Havre, Rotterdam or Zebrugge); or combine a flight with a short cruise in a more exotic or far-way destination such as the Mediterranean.