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.


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

1. Fred Olsen Balmoral Seine Mini Cruise - 19th October 2019

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

Combine an ocean cruise and a river cruise in this leisurely jaunt to France with Fred Olsen.

This five-night cruise onboard Fred Olsen Cruise Lines' Balmoral sails from Dover to France with stops at Rouen and Honfleur.

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Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

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

  • Prices start from £429 per person for 5 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £85.80 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.

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Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

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

  • Prices start from £349 per person for 4 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £87.25 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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Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

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

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

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Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

5. Cunard Queen Victoria Hamburg Mini Cruise - 6th January 2020

  • Prices start from £379 per person for 4 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £94.75 per person per night.

Join this relaxing sailing to Hamburg aboard a luxury vessel from Cunard.

This brief taster cruise onboard Cunard's Queen Victoria sails from Southampton to Hamburg, with two days at sea to enjoy the facilities on the ship.

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Caribbean Princess funnel

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

  • Prices start from £384 per person for 4 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £96 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.

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Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

7. Fred Olsen Balmoral Honfleur Mini Cruise - 20th December 2019

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

Grab this opportunity for a quick pre-Christmas getaway to France.

This two-night cruise onboard Fred Olsen Cruise Lines' Balmoral sails from Southampton to Honfleur in France. It's the perfect antidote to all that festive stressing.

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Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

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

  • Prices start from £299 per person for 3 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £99.67 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


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

9. P&O Cruises Aurora Amsterdam Mini Cruise - 22nd November 2019

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

Experience the legendary nightlife in Amsterdam on this leisurely mini cruise.

This taster cruise onboard P&O Cruises' Aurora sails from Southampton and spends a night docked in Amsterdam. There's also a sea day on the itinerary.

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Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

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

  • Prices start from £399 per person for 4 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £99.75 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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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 £179 per person for 2 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £89.50 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 Balmoral Honfleur Mini Cruise - 20th December 2019

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

Grab this opportunity for a quick pre-Christmas getaway to France.

This two-night cruise onboard Fred Olsen Cruise Lines' Balmoral sails from Southampton to Honfleur in France. It's the perfect antidote to all that festive stressing.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

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

  • Prices start from £249 per person for 2 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £124.50 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.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

4. P&O Cruises Ventura Bruges Mini Cruise - 29th November 2019

  • Prices start from £249 per person for 2 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £124.50 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.

Find out more about this cruise


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

5. P&O Cruises Aurora Bruges Mini Cruise - 18th October 2019

  • Prices start from £279 per person for 2 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £139.50 per person per night.

Head to Belgium and load up on authentic chocolate, beer, and diamonds, or gaze at the magnificent architecture.

This short cruise onboard P&O Cruises' Aurora sails from Southampton to Zeebrugge for Bruges or Ostend.

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Britannia's Lido Deck

6. P&O Cruises Britannia Bruges Mini Cruise - 23rd October 2019

  • Prices start from £299 per person for 2 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £149.50 per person per night.

Is another school half term holiday looming and you're panicking over what to do with the kids? How about a quick jolly to Belgium?

Sail on P&O Cruises' flagship, Britannia, on a short mid-week break to Zeebrugge, where you can opt to tour the popular Belgian cities of Bruges or Ostend.

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Looking along Queen Mary 2

7. Cunard Queen Mary 2 Hamburg Mini Cruise - 25th October 2019

  • Prices start from £299 per person for 2 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £149.50 per person per night.

Enjoy a short one-way weekend sailing to Hamburg this luxury vessel from Cunard.

This brief taster cruise onboard Cunard's Queen Mary 2 sails from Southampton to Hamburg on a one-way mini cruise.

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Godiva counter on Queen Mary 2

8. Cunard Queen Mary 2 Bruges Mini Cruise - 17th November 2019

  • Prices start from £299 per person for 2 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £149.50 per person per night.

Travel in style as you sail round-trip from Southampton with Cunard.

This short mini cruise onboard Cunard's Queen Mary 2 sails from Southampton to Zeebrugge (for Bruges), before heading back home.

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Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

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

  • Prices start from £299 per person for 3 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £99.67 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


Sunset on Harmony of the Seas

10. P&O Cruises Aurora Bruges Mini Cruise - 19th December 2019

  • Prices start from £308 per person for 2 nights.
  • Equivalent to from £154 per person per night.

Head to Belgium and load up on authentic chocolate, beer, and diamonds, or gaze at the magnificent architecture.

This short pre-Christmas cruise onboard P&O Cruises' Aurora sails from Southampton to Zeebrugge for Bruges or Ostend.

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 ( £800) 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 13 September 2019 13 September 2019 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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