Cheap Mini Cruise Deals

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Get a taste of the luxury life on a short mini cruise, aboard a modern, stylish cruise ship.

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.


Caribbean Princess funnel

1. Princess Cruises Crown Princess Bruges & Guernsey Mini Cruise - 7th October 2020

  • Prices start from £399 per person for 4 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £99.75 per person per night.

Jump on this rare chance to enjoy a mini cruise on a Princess Cruises ship from the UK.

Crown Princess will sail on a three-night cruise from Southampton to Bruges and Guernsey in early October 2020.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

2. Fred Olsen Black Watch Sampler Mini Cruise - 24th March 2020

  • Prices start from £229 per person for 2 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £114.50 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 Southampton to Liverpool on a repositional sailing.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

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

  • Prices start from £499 per person for 4 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £124.75 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.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

4. Fred Olsen Black Watch Amsterdam & Antwerp Mini Cruise – 14th February 2020

  • Prices start from £659 per person for 5 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £131.80 per person per night.

Tour Belgium’s charming second city, Antwerp, and immerse yourself in culture in Amsterdam on this mini cruise.

This short cruise onboard Fred Olsen Cruise Lines' Black Watch sails from Southampton to Antwerp and Amsterdam, where it'll spend the night in each port.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

5. Fred Olsen Boudicca Dutch Mini Cruise – 19th March 2020

  • Prices start from £399 per person for 3 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £133 per person per night.

Tick off the capital of The Netherlands as well as its second city as you visit Amsterdam and Rotterdam on this mini cruise.

This short cruise onboard Fred Olsen Cruise Lines' Boudicca sails from Dover to Amsterdam before heading onward to Rotterdam.

Find out more about this cruise


North Star and pool deck on Anthem of the Seas

6. Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas Spain Mini Cruise - 27th October 2020

  • Prices start from £780 per person for 5 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £156 per person per night.

Fancy a mid-week getaway to France and Spain?

This cruise, during the week many schools have their half-term holiday, takes place on Royal Caribbean's futuristic cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, and is a great way to sample modern cruising. You'll also get to visit Le Havre (for Paris) and Bilbao.

Find out more about this cruise


Shimmering artwork on Marella Explorer

7. Marella Explorer 2 Electric Sunsets 90s vs 00s Mini Cruise - 5th September 2020

  • Prices start from £480 per person for 3 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £160 per person per night.

I grew up in the 90s, an era when many classic club anthems were born.

Now party goers can sail on a special North Sea mini cruise from Newcastle to Southampton with special DJ sets and guest appearances.

Find out more about this cruise


8. Saga Spirit of Discovery Belgium Christmas Mini Cruise - 16th December 2020

  • Prices start from £986 per person for 5 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £197.20 per person per night.

Get the chance to explore Belgium onboard Saga Cruises' latest ship on this five-night mini cruise.

Your cruise aboard Spirit of Discovery will spend a night docked in Antwerp and you'll also spend the day in Zeebrugge (for Bruges or Brussels).

Find out more about this cruise


9. Saga Spirit of Discovery Amsterdam Mini Cruise - 19th April 2020

  • Prices start from £999 per person for 4 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £249.75 per person per night.

Get the chance to explore Amsterdam and Great Yarmouth onboard Saga Cruises' latest ship on this four-night mini cruise.

Your cruise aboard Spirit of Discovery will visit Great Yarmouth en-route to spending a night docked in Amsterdam.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

10. Azamara Pursuit Guernsey & France Mini Cruise - 5th June 2020

  • Prices start from £755 per person for 3 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £251.67 per person per night.

Enjoy a slice of the high life with this short-but-sweet sailing with boutique line, Azamara Club Cruises.

This three-night mini cruise onboard Azamara Pursuit sails round-trip from Southampton over a long weekend. Normally, you would expect to find Azamara ships sailing in the Mediterranean or around the Caribbean, so this is a very rare opportunity to sample the boutique cruise line without flying anywhere.

Find out more about this cruise


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. Fred Olsen Black Watch Sampler Mini Cruise - 24th March 2020

  • Prices start from £229 per person for 2 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £114.50 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 Southampton to Liverpool on a repositional sailing.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

2. Fred Olsen Boudicca Dutch Mini Cruise – 19th March 2020

  • Prices start from £399 per person for 3 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £133 per person per night.

Tick off the capital of The Netherlands as well as its second city as you visit Amsterdam and Rotterdam on this mini cruise.

This short cruise onboard Fred Olsen Cruise Lines' Boudicca sails from Dover to Amsterdam before heading onward to Rotterdam.

Find out more about this cruise


Caribbean Princess funnel

3. Princess Cruises Crown Princess Bruges & Guernsey Mini Cruise - 7th October 2020

  • Prices start from £399 per person for 4 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £99.75 per person per night.

Jump on this rare chance to enjoy a mini cruise on a Princess Cruises ship from the UK.

Crown Princess will sail on a three-night cruise from Southampton to Bruges and Guernsey in early October 2020.

Find out more about this cruise


Shimmering artwork on Marella Explorer

4. Marella Explorer 2 Electric Sunsets 90s vs 00s Mini Cruise - 5th September 2020

  • Prices start from £480 per person for 3 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £160 per person per night.

I grew up in the 90s, an era when many classic club anthems were born.

Now party goers can sail on a special North Sea mini cruise from Newcastle to Southampton with special DJ sets and guest appearances.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

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

  • Prices start from £499 per person for 4 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £124.75 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.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

6. Fred Olsen Black Watch Amsterdam & Antwerp Mini Cruise – 14th February 2020

  • Prices start from £659 per person for 5 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £131.80 per person per night.

Tour Belgium’s charming second city, Antwerp, and immerse yourself in culture in Amsterdam on this mini cruise.

This short cruise onboard Fred Olsen Cruise Lines' Black Watch sails from Southampton to Antwerp and Amsterdam, where it'll spend the night in each port.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

7. Azamara Pursuit Guernsey & France Mini Cruise - 5th June 2020

  • Prices start from £755 per person for 3 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £251.67 per person per night.

Enjoy a slice of the high life with this short-but-sweet sailing with boutique line, Azamara Club Cruises.

This three-night mini cruise onboard Azamara Pursuit sails round-trip from Southampton over a long weekend. Normally, you would expect to find Azamara ships sailing in the Mediterranean or around the Caribbean, so this is a very rare opportunity to sample the boutique cruise line without flying anywhere.

Find out more about this cruise


North Star and pool deck on Anthem of the Seas

8. Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas Spain Mini Cruise - 27th October 2020

  • Prices start from £780 per person for 5 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £156 per person per night.

Fancy a mid-week getaway to France and Spain?

This cruise, during the week many schools have their half-term holiday, takes place on Royal Caribbean's futuristic cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, and is a great way to sample modern cruising. You'll also get to visit Le Havre (for Paris) and Bilbao.

Find out more about this cruise


9. Saga Spirit of Discovery Belgium Christmas Mini Cruise - 16th December 2020

  • Prices start from £986 per person for 5 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £197.20 per person per night.

Get the chance to explore Belgium onboard Saga Cruises' latest ship on this five-night mini cruise.

Your cruise aboard Spirit of Discovery will spend a night docked in Antwerp and you'll also spend the day in Zeebrugge (for Bruges or Brussels).

Find out more about this cruise


10. Saga Spirit of Discovery Amsterdam Mini Cruise - 19th April 2020

  • Prices start from £999 per person for 4 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £249.75 per person per night.

Get the chance to explore Amsterdam and Great Yarmouth onboard Saga Cruises' latest ship on this four-night mini cruise.

Your cruise aboard Spirit of Discovery will visit Great Yarmouth en-route to spending a night docked in Amsterdam.

Find out more about this cruise


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 ( £770) 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 15 January 2020 15 January 2020 Cheap Mini Cruise Deals

2 comments

  1. We want a cruise for about 3 days in February2020 but as one of us has not got a passport makes it difficult.

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