Annabelle's verdict
Teetering on booking a cruise, but not sure if it’s for you? A taster cruise – three or four days at sea – is an ideal first step, and offer a variety of departures from UK ports, removing the hassle of flying. Dip into the Channel Islands, hip Dutch ports such as Rotterdam and Amsterdam, or get a taste of luxury on the Queen Mary II.

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We offer a huge range of two- up to four-night mini-cruises at very competitive prices.

A mini-cruise is the perfect way to escape on a voyage of discovery when time is short and, if you’re new to cruising, it’s the perfect way to discover if it’s for you.

Most of the major cruise lines offer taster- and mini-cruises, especially in the spring and autumn months when their ships are between their summer and winter bases.

Another huge advantage is that the majority of our mini-cruises sail from UK ports (mostly Southampton and some from Tilbury, Bristol, Poole and Newcastle) so you can avoid the hassle of travelling through an airport.

Destinations include the Scottish Isles, Channel Islands, Ireland and the key ports in France, Belgium and Holland. With one-way flights, you can also travel further afield on a mini-cruise to enjoy time in the Med, Scandinavia or Greek Islands for example.

From sailing on board Cunard’s prestigious Queen Mary II or Queen Elizabeth ships to Valentine’s Weekend in Antwerp and Amsterdam or Bruges’ Christmas markets, there are so many different options. Some cruises have a music or sporting theme too.

Apart from the fun of discovering new places, there’s always plenty to enjoy on board your chosen ship. You’ll be able to choose from a range of cocktail bars and restaurants, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment, chill out on deck or in an indoor pool, have a flutter in the casino and enjoy a wide choice of entertainment.

Our team will help you find the best mini-cruise to suit your needs, whether you are planning to celebrate a special occasion, travel solo, take the kids or simply escape with your loved one or friends for a wonderful few days away and not a care in the world.

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