Stuck for Holiday ideas? Try a mini cruise.
Mini cruises are a lovely way to have a short break whilst visiting new parts of the world and you can choose to sail from a number of ports in the UK to a wide variety of destinations in Europe. They are the perfect choice for first-time cruisers who want to have a little taste of what the cruise life is like or perhaps people who are short on time but want to have a short break and fit in a little bit of luxury to recharge their batteries.
What duration to choose?
Mini cruises usually have a duration of between 2 and 4 days and you will find a variety of activities and facilities onboard the cruise liners. Typical destinations includes France, Spain and Belguim. You will find that most cruise ships have a great range of facilities on offer for their passengers to enjoy. Many have cinemas, beauty salons, fitness areas, restaurants and bars and a whole host of facilities designed for families with children. Some will offer excursions so you can take in the sights of any cities which feature on your route.
Ideal For Families With Children
Mini cruises are also ideal for families and those with young children. With everything you need on board, including your meals, you can find the space and time to relax without having to worry about long travel times, delays in airports and the many other unpredictable situations that can make family holidays a stressful time. Being able to arrive at your port and start your holiday immediately also goes a long way when it comes to travelling with young children in particular.
Tips when booking you mini cruise
- When choosing the cabins choose as much as low and central as possible - this way you will feel less rocking and rolling. If you insist on a balcony choose from the lowest row possible. Avoid the higher decks and cabins at the front or back of the ship.
- What to pack? Pack clothes for your destination according to the weather.
- Make sure you enjoy the programs every night, there will something in it for everyone.
Mini cruises can also represent good value for money, especially if you take the time to look around online and find the best deals. Many of the trips are the same price, if not cheaper, than the cost of a short break in the UK but what you are being offered on a mini cruise is the opportunity to get away from home and try out new places and broaden your horizons.
An Alternative Break
If you fancy something a bit different you can even opt to get onboard a themed mini cruise for a seasonal event such as a spooky Halloween style cruise or a one-off event such as taking part in a murder mystery. Mini cruises are also proving a popular choice for celebrating birthdays, hen and stag parties and anniversaries as they offer a, usually very welcome, opportunity to relax and rejuvenate and celebrate with friends and family without even having to disembark from the liner once you have stepped aboard! With people having so little free time these days, a mini cruise could be the perfect chance for you to treat yourself to a mini break away from home.