Cheap Mini Cruise Deals

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Top 10 Best Value Mini Cruise Deals

When it comes to cruising, it's not always about getting the cheapest possible price. Instead, you should look for the best possible value.

If you are willing and able to spend a little more, then consider these options. The cruises below offer the cheapest rates per person per night I have found. So while the upfront cost might be a little more, they represent better value for money in my opinion.


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1. CMV Marco Polo Overnight Mini Cruise - 29th June 2019

  • Prices start from £66 per person for 1 night.

Find out what the cruise experience on Cruise & Maritime Voyages is like with a quick, great value overnight sailing.

This cruise onboard Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Marco Polo sails from Portsmouth to London Tilbury overnight. There's not a great amount of time on the ship but that's perfect for newbies and those who desperately crave a cruise fix.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

2. CMV Marco Polo Overnight Mini Cruise - 14th August 2019

  • Prices start from £66 per person for 1 night.

Find out what the cruise experience on Cruise & Maritime Voyages is like with a quick, great value overnight sailing.

This cruise onboard Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Marco Polo sails from Newcastle to Rosyth (Edinburgh) overnight. There's not a great amount of time on the ship but that's perfect for newbies and those who desperately crave a cruise fix.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

3. CMV Marco Polo Dublin Mini Cruise - 16th December 2018

  • Prices start from £199 per person for 3 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £66.33 per person per night.

Embark on a three-night adventure from Bristol Avonmouth with an overnight stay in Dublin, Ireland.

This action-packed cruise onboard Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Marco Polo sails from Bristol, calling at Dublin for an overnight stop.

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Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

4. CMV Marco Polo Cobh Mini Cruise - 19th December 2018

  • Prices start from £199 per person for 3 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £66.33 per person per night.

Embark on a three-night adventure from Bristol Avonmouth with an overnight stay in Cobh, Ireland.

This action-packed cruise onboard Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Marco Polo sails from Bristol, calling at Cobh (Cork) for an overnight stop.

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Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

5. CMV Marco Polo Overnight Mini Cruise - 30th August 2019

  • Prices start from £69 per person for 1 night.

Find out what the cruise experience on Cruise & Maritime Voyages is like with a quick, great value overnight sailing.

This cruise onboard Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Marco Polo sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) to Newcastle overnight. There's not a great amount of time on the ship but that's perfect for newbies and those who desperately crave a cruise fix.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

6. CMV Marco Polo Overnight Mini Cruise - 31st August 2019

  • Prices start from £69 per person for 1 night.

Find out what the cruise experience on Cruise & Maritime Voyages is like with a quick, great value overnight sailing.

This cruise onboard Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Marco Polo sails from Newcastle to London Tilbury overnight. There's not a great amount of time on the ship but that's perfect for newbies and those who desperately crave a cruise fix.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

7. P&O Cruises Ventura Amsterdam Mini Cruise - 13th December 2019

  • Prices start from £309 per person for 4 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £77.25 per person per night.

Enjoy the vibrant nightlife in Amsterdam on this leisurely mini cruise that includes an overnight port stay.

This short cruise onboard P&O Cruises' Ventura sails from Southampton to spend a night docked in Amsterdam.

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8. P&O Cruises Ventura Amsterdam Mini Cruise - 7th February 2020

  • Prices start from £309 per person for 4 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £77.25 per person per night.

Enjoy the vibrant nightlife in Amsterdam together with a sea day on this leisurely mini cruise.

This short cruise onboard P&O Cruises' Ventura sails from Southampton and spends a night docked in Amsterdam.

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Oslo, Norway

9. MSC Preziosa Bruges and Oslo Mini Cruise - 22nd April 2019

  • Prices start from £399 per person for 5 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £79.80 per person per night.

This mini cruise on an Italian-style cruise ship starts in Britain, ends in Germany, and takes in Belgium and Norway in the short space of just five nights.

MSC Cruises is known for its competitive fares and this mini cruise is no exception.

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Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

10. CMV Columbus Christmas Markets Mini Cruise - 17th December 2018

  • Prices start from £246 per person for 3 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £82 per person per night.

Tour Europe's famous Christmas Markets during an easy cruise from the UK.

This cruise onboard Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Columbus sails round-trip from London Tilbury, calling at Antwerp and Amsterdam where you can get your Christmas fix. It's the perfect excuse for a pre-Christmas break.

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Remember, prices were correct when I last checked, but may have since changed. Prices are usually based on two adults sharing the cheapest available cabin.

Top 10 Cheapest Mini Cruise Deals

As you can see in my mini cruise calendar, there are plenty of short breaks to choose between.

If you are looking for rock bottom prices, then the mini cruises below will fit your bill. They are the cheapest holidays I have found.


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

1. CMV Marco Polo Overnight Mini Cruise - 29th June 2019

  • Prices start from £66 per person for 1 night.

Find out what the cruise experience on Cruise & Maritime Voyages is like with a quick, great value overnight sailing.

This cruise onboard Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Marco Polo sails from Portsmouth to London Tilbury overnight. There's not a great amount of time on the ship but that's perfect for newbies and those who desperately crave a cruise fix.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

2. CMV Marco Polo Overnight Mini Cruise - 14th August 2019

  • Prices start from £66 per person for 1 night.

Find out what the cruise experience on Cruise & Maritime Voyages is like with a quick, great value overnight sailing.

This cruise onboard Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Marco Polo sails from Newcastle to Rosyth (Edinburgh) overnight. There's not a great amount of time on the ship but that's perfect for newbies and those who desperately crave a cruise fix.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

3. CMV Marco Polo Overnight Mini Cruise - 30th August 2019

  • Prices start from £69 per person for 1 night.

Find out what the cruise experience on Cruise & Maritime Voyages is like with a quick, great value overnight sailing.

This cruise onboard Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Marco Polo sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) to Newcastle overnight. There's not a great amount of time on the ship but that's perfect for newbies and those who desperately crave a cruise fix.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

4. CMV Marco Polo Overnight Mini Cruise - 31st August 2019

  • Prices start from £69 per person for 1 night.

Find out what the cruise experience on Cruise & Maritime Voyages is like with a quick, great value overnight sailing.

This cruise onboard Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Marco Polo sails from Newcastle to London Tilbury overnight. There's not a great amount of time on the ship but that's perfect for newbies and those who desperately crave a cruise fix.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

5. Fred Olsen Balmoral Taster Mini Cruise - 4th June 2019

  • Prices start from £99 per person for 1 night.

Fancy a really quick taster cruise for just one night? If you've never dipped your toes into the world of cruising, this one is for you.

This short cruise onboard Fred Olsen Cruise Lines' Balmoral sails from Newcastle to Rosyth, near Edinburgh, on a repositional sailing.

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Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

6. Fred Olsen Balmoral Taster Mini Cruise - 6th August 2019

  • Prices start from £99 per person for 1 night.

Fancy a really quick taster cruise for just one night? If you've never dipped your toes into the world of cruising, this one is for you.

This short cruise onboard Fred Olsen Cruise Lines' Balmoral sails from Rosyth, near Edinburgh, to Newcastle on a repositional sailing.

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Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

7. CMV Astoria Repositional Mini Cruise - 30th August 2019

  • Prices start from £164 per person for 2 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £82 per person per night.

Sample the cruise experience on Cruise & Maritime Voyages on a relaxing two-night repositional voyage.

This cruise onboard Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Astoria sails from Portsmouth to Hull, with a relaxing sea day on the itinerary as you sail along the British Isles.

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Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

8. CMV Columbus Amsterdam Mini Cruise - 11th December 2018

  • Prices start from £179 per person for 2 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £89.50 per person per night.

Tour Europe's famous Christmas Markets during an easy cruise from the UK.

This cruise onboard Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Columbus sails round-trip from London Tilbury, calling at Amsterdam where you can get your Christmas fix. It's the perfect excuse for a pre-Christmas break.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

9. P&O Cruises Ventura Bruges Mini Cruise - 15th November 2019

  • Prices start from £197 per person for 2 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £98.50 per person per night.

Fancy a quick weekend break from Southampton to Belgium?

This brief taster cruise onboard P&O Cruises' Ventura sails from Southampton to Zeebrugge for a day exploring places such as Bruges or Ostend.

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Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

10. Fred Olsen Black Watch Sampler Mini Cruise - 10th November 2018

  • Prices start from £199 per person for 2 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £99.50 per person per night.

Fancy a really quick taster cruise for just two nights? If you've never dipped your toes into the world of cruising, this one is for you.

This short cruise onboard Fred Olsen Cruise Lines' Black Watch sails from Liverpool to Southampton on a repositional sailing.

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Remember, prices were correct when I last checked, but may have since changed. Prices are usually based on two adults sharing the cheapest available cabin.

Cruising on a budget - top tips for cheap fares

I love saving money. Who doesn't? While the savings you can make on mini cruises aren't usually significant, they are still savings nevertheless. Here are some top tips:

  • Book super early. Cruise fares are based on supply and demand. So book as early as you can when the itineraries are released for a good deal.
  • Consider booking late. Sometimes it can pay to book close to the departure date. Cruise fares can be cheap, but the risk with this tactic is that cabins might be more scarce. If you are travelling alone or as a group of 3 or more people, I'd avoid this option if you have your heart set on a specific cruise. Last remaining cabins are usually only for two people sharing, especially during peak times.
  • If you can, book outside of peak periods. School holidays (predominantly the summer holidays but also the Easter break and half-term weeks) are notoriously expensive. If you can sail outside of these, you'll likely find cheaper rates. Also, weekday departures versus weekend departures are typically cheaper, as there is often lower demand for mid-week breaks. Many people can clock off work early on a Friday or turn up a bit later on Monday. They'd need to take annual leave to sail Monday to Thursday for instance.
  • Consider an inside cabin. If you are sailing on a mini cruise, it's likely you will sail overnight, so a cheap fare to compensate for the lack of a view is worthwhile on short trip. If your itinerary includes a sea day, a balcony is a real treat. If you are celebrating a special occasion (a birthday or a wedding anniversary perhaps), a luxury suite is an affordable splurge on a mini cruise (oops, there goes the saved money!).

Beware of the small print:

  • Remember to factor in the gratuities. Most cruise lines add a set amount per person per day onto your on-board bill. These gratuities (tips) are divided up between a variety of staff that help make your cruise what it is, including the back-of-house staff you never see. Typically, this will set you back around £10 per person per day (each cruise line has a different rate and some charge a reduced rate for children). Personally, I'd rather cruise lines baked this cost into the cruise fare to remove the surprise bill at the end of the sailing, although a couple of lines have begun to do this.
  • One way or two? Most one-night (and some two-night) mini cruises are one way repositional cruises meaning they start and end in different locations. Some cruise lines offer transport options back to your origin but others let you make your own way back. On the plus side, this means you can privately book a hotel stay for a few nights at the destination before making your own way home - ideal if you've never been to the destination before and you want to make more of a holiday of the occasion.
  • Special offers rarely apply to mini cruises. Beware of the glossy ads with amazing offers such as "up to $1,000 ( £764) in onboard credit". That's usually only available on a super-long cruise and only if you book a luxury suite. These offers usually have a sliding scale of benefits, but the cheapest cabins are normally excluded. Compare the cost of cabins with the perks and the cabins without the perks to see if you'll end up paying more by taking the offer. The saying "there's no such thing as a free lunch" applies to these offers - the cost is often baked into the cruise fare.

David Fiske 23 September 2018 23 September 2018 Cheap Mini Cruise Deals

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