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Family-Friendly Mini Cruises

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August 2018

From £899 pp*

Thursday 23 Aug 2018

Norway 5-night mini cruise

  • Sail with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines on Balmoral from Newcastle
  • Thu 23 Aug to Tue 28 Aug
  • No-fly
  • Family-friendly cruise ship
  • This one's a bit pricey but is still a good getaway.

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September 2018

October 2018

November 2018

From £329 pp*

Thursday 1 Nov 2018

Bruges 3-night mini cruise

  • Sail with Cunard on Queen Mary 2 from Southampton
  • Thu 1 Nov to Sun 4 Nov
  • No-fly
  • Family-friendly cruise ship
  • Definitely consider this one as it's a great price!

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From £302 pp*

Friday 23 Nov 2018

Bruges 3-night mini cruise

  • Sail with P&O Cruises on Ventura from Southampton
  • Fri 23 Nov to Mon 26 Nov
  • No-fly
  • Family-friendly cruise ship
  • Definitely consider this one as it's a great price!

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December 2018

From £424 pp*

Friday 14 Dec 2018

Bruges 3-night mini cruise Festive

  • Sail with Cunard on Queen Elizabeth from Southampton
  • Fri 14 Dec to Mon 17 Dec
  • No-fly
  • Family-friendly cruise ship
  • Good price for a mini cruise.

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January 2019

From £379 pp*

Sunday 6 Jan 2019

Hamburg 4-night mini cruise

  • Sail with Cunard on Queen Victoria from Southampton
  • Sun 6 Jan to Thu 10 Jan
  • No-fly
  • Family-friendly cruise ship
  • Definitely consider this one as it's a great price!

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February 2019

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May 2019

From £499 pp*

Saturday 4 May 2019

Amsterdam 3-night mini cruise

  • Sail with Celebrity Cruises on Celebrity Silhouette from Southampton
  • Sat 4 May to Tue 7 May
  • No-fly
  • Family-friendly cruise ship
  • This one's a bit pricey but is still a good getaway.

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From £439 pp*

Tuesday 28 May 2019

Cobh (Cork) 4-night mini cruise

  • Sail with Royal Caribbean on Independence of the Seas from Southampton
  • Tue 28 May to Sat 1 Jun
  • No-fly
  • Family-friendly cruise ship
  • Definitely consider this one as it's a great price!

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June 2019

From £349 pp*

Friday 14 Jun 2019

Hamburg 2-night mini cruise

  • Sail with Cunard on Queen Mary 2 from Southampton
  • Fri 14 Jun to Sun 16 Jun
  • Family-friendly cruise ship
  • Flight required
  • This one's a bit pricey but is still a good getaway.

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July 2019

August 2019

September 2019

October 2019

From £429 pp*

Friday 4 Oct 2019

Amsterdam 4-night mini cruise

  • Sail with Cunard on Queen Elizabeth from Southampton
  • Fri 4 Oct to Tue 8 Oct
  • No-fly
  • Family-friendly cruise ship
  • Definitely consider this one as it's a great price!

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From £256 pp*

Friday 18 Oct 2019

Paris 2-night mini cruise

  • Sail with Royal Caribbean on Explorer of the Seas from Southampton
  • Fri 18 Oct to Sun 20 Oct
  • No-fly
  • Family-friendly cruise ship
  • Good price for a mini cruise.

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November 2019

From £197 pp*

Friday 15 Nov 2019

Bruges 2-night mini cruise

  • Sail with P&O Cruises on Ventura from Southampton
  • Fri 15 Nov to Sun 17 Nov
  • No-fly
  • Family-friendly cruise ship
  • Definitely consider this one as it's a great price!

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From £199 pp*

Friday 29 Nov 2019

Bruges 2-night mini cruise

  • Sail with P&O Cruises on Ventura from Southampton
  • Fri 29 Nov to Sun 1 Dec
  • No-fly
  • Family-friendly cruise ship
  • Definitely consider this one as it's a great price!

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December 2019

From £309 pp*

Friday 13 Dec 2019

Amsterdam 4-night mini cruise Festive

  • Sail with P&O Cruises on Ventura from Southampton
  • Fri 13 Dec to Tue 17 Dec
  • No-fly
  • Family-friendly cruise ship
  • Definitely consider this one as it's a great price!

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From £209 pp*

Thursday 19 Dec 2019

Bruges 2-night mini cruise Festive

  • Sail with P&O Cruises on Aurora from Southampton
  • Thu 19 Dec to Sat 21 Dec
  • No-fly
  • Family-friendly cruise ship
  • Definitely consider this one as it's a great price!

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From £399 pp*

Friday 20 Dec 2019

Bruges 3-night mini cruise Festive

  • Sail with Cunard on Queen Victoria from Southampton
  • Fri 20 Dec to Mon 23 Dec
  • No-fly
  • Family-friendly cruise ship
  • Good price for a mini cruise.

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January 2020

February 2020

March 2020

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Mini Cruise Calendar

Here's a quick overview of upcoming mini cruises. Scroll up for more details.

Sail DateDurationOperator & ShipDeparture PortDestinationsMore
Thursday 23rd August 20185 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on BalmoralNewcastleNorwayInfo
Friday 24th August 20185 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on BoudiccaDoverHonfleur and RouenInfo
Friday 24th August 20182 nightsP&O Cruises on VenturaSouthamptonGuernseyInfo
Tuesday 28th August 20185 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on BalmoralNewcastleGreat BritainInfo
Tuesday 28th August 20183 nightsRoyal Caribbean on Independence of the SeasSouthamptonBruges and RotterdamInfo
Friday 14th September 20182 nightsP&O Cruises on AuroraSouthamptonBrugesInfo
Saturday 15th September 20183 nightsP&O Cruises on VenturaSouthamptonParis and CherbourgInfo
Friday 28th September 20183 nightsCunard on Queen ElizabethSouthamptonGuernseyInfo
Friday 28th September 20184 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on BraemarSouthamptonHonfleur and RouenInfo
Friday 28th September 20182 nightsP&O Cruises on AzuraSouthamptonBrugesInfo
Friday 5th October 20182 nightsP&O Cruises on VenturaSouthamptonBrugesInfo
Saturday 6th October 20183 nightsPrincess Cruises on Sapphire PrincessSouthamptonGuernsey and CherbourgInfo
Wednesday 10th October 20185 nightsP&O Cruises on AuroraSouthamptonBruges and AmsterdamInfo
Sunday 14th October 20184 nightsCunard on Queen Mary 2SouthamptonHamburgInfo
Saturday 20th October 20185 nightsRoyal Caribbean on Independence of the SeasSouthamptonBruges, Paris, Cherbourg and RotterdamInfo
Thursday 25th October 20183 nightsRoyal Caribbean on Independence of the SeasSouthamptonBruges and ParisInfo
Saturday 27th October 20182 nightsP&O Cruises on VenturaSouthamptonBrugesInfo
Thursday 1st November 20183 nightsCunard on Queen Mary 2SouthamptonBrugesInfo
Saturday 3rd November 20185 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on BraemarSouthamptonHonfleur and RouenInfo
Saturday 10th November 20182 nightsP&O Cruises on VenturaSouthamptonBrugesInfo
Friday 16th November 20183 nightsCunard on Queen VictoriaSouthamptonParisInfo
Friday 23rd November 20183 nightsP&O Cruises on VenturaSouthamptonBrugesInfo
Friday 30th November 20182 nightsCunard on Queen ElizabethSouthamptonBrugesInfo
Saturday 1st December 20182 nightsP&O Cruises on OceanaSouthamptonBruges FestiveInfo
Tuesday 4th December 20182 nightsP&O FerriesHullBruges ThemedInfo
Saturday 8th December 20185 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on BalmoralSouthamptonAmsterdam and Antwerp FestiveInfo
Friday 14th December 20183 nightsCunard on Queen ElizabethSouthamptonBruges FestiveInfo
Friday 14th December 20182 nightsP&O FerriesHullBruges ThemedInfo
Saturday 15th December 20182 nightsP&O Cruises on OceanaSouthamptonBruges FestiveInfo
Saturday 29th December 20185 nightsCunard on Queen ElizabethSouthamptonBruges, Amsterdam and Cherbourg FestiveInfo
Saturday 29th December 20185 nightsP&O Cruises on AuroraSouthamptonBruges and Amsterdam FestiveInfo
Sunday 6th January 20194 nightsCunard on Queen VictoriaSouthamptonHamburgInfo
Friday 1st February 20194 nightsP&O Cruises on VenturaSouthamptonBruges and AmsterdamInfo
Wednesday 13th February 20194 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on BoudiccaDoverAmsterdam and AntwerpInfo
Friday 22nd March 20194 nightsP&O Cruises on AzuraSouthamptonAmsterdamInfo
Friday 5th April 20192 nightsP&O Cruises on BritanniaSouthamptonBrugesInfo
Thursday 11th April 20192 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on Black WatchSouthamptonGreat BritainInfo
Friday 19th April 20194 nightsP&O Cruises on VenturaSouthamptonBruges and GuernseyInfo
Sunday 28th April 20192 nightsCunard on Queen VictoriaSouthamptonHamburgInfo
Wednesday 1st May 20195 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on BraemarSouthamptonAmsterdam and AntwerpInfo
Saturday 4th May 20193 nightsCelebrity Cruises on Celebrity SilhouetteSouthamptonAmsterdamInfo
Sunday 12th May 20195 nightsCunard on Queen Mary 2SouthamptonBruges and GuernseyInfo
Thursday 23rd May 20195 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on BalmoralNewcastleNorwayInfo
Friday 24th May 20195 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on Black WatchLiverpoolGreat BritainInfo
Friday 24th May 20192 nightsP&O Cruises on VenturaSouthamptonGuernseyInfo
Saturday 25th May 20193 nightsRoyal Caribbean on Independence of the SeasSouthamptonBruges and ParisInfo
Tuesday 28th May 20194 nightsRoyal Caribbean on Independence of the SeasSouthamptonCobh (Cork)Info
Tuesday 4th June 20191 nightFred Olsen Cruise Lines on BalmoralNewcastleGreat BritainInfo
Friday 14th June 20192 nightsCunard on Queen Mary 2SouthamptonHamburgInfo
Sunday 7th July 20192 nightsP&O Cruises on AuroraSouthamptonGuernseyInfo
Thursday 1st August 20195 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on BalmoralRosythGreat BritainInfo
Tuesday 6th August 20191 nightFred Olsen Cruise Lines on BalmoralRosythGreat BritainInfo
Thursday 8th August 20193 nightsCunard on Queen ElizabethSouthamptonGuernseyInfo
Friday 16th August 20194 nightsP&O Cruises on AuroraSouthamptonBruges and GuernseyInfo
Wednesday 21st August 20195 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on Black WatchLiverpoolGreat BritainInfo
Thursday 22nd August 20195 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on BraemarSouthamptonAmsterdam and AntwerpInfo
Friday 23rd August 20195 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on BalmoralNewcastleNorwayInfo
Friday 23rd August 20195 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on BoudiccaDoverHonfleur and RouenInfo
Friday 30th August 20193 nightsRoyal Caribbean on Independence of the SeasSouthamptonBruges and CherbourgInfo
Saturday 31st August 20192 nightsP&O Cruises on AzuraSouthamptonGuernseyInfo
Saturday 21st September 20192 nightsP&O Cruises on BritanniaSouthamptonBrugesInfo
Sunday 22nd September 20194 nightsCunard on Queen Mary 2SouthamptonHamburgInfo
Friday 4th October 20194 nightsCunard on Queen ElizabethSouthamptonAmsterdamInfo
Friday 18th October 20192 nightsP&O Cruises on AuroraSouthamptonBrugesInfo
Friday 18th October 20192 nightsRoyal Caribbean on Explorer of the SeasSouthamptonParisInfo
Saturday 19th October 20195 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on BalmoralDoverHonfleur and RouenInfo
Sunday 20th October 20195 nightsRoyal Caribbean on Explorer of the SeasSouthamptonParis and BilbaoInfo
Wednesday 23rd October 20192 nightsP&O Cruises on BritanniaSouthamptonBrugesInfo
Friday 25th October 20192 nightsCunard on Queen Mary 2SouthamptonHamburgInfo
Friday 1st November 20192 nightsCunard on Queen ElizabethSouthamptonBrugesInfo
Friday 15th November 20192 nightsP&O Cruises on VenturaSouthamptonBrugesInfo
Sunday 17th November 20192 nightsCunard on Queen Mary 2SouthamptonBrugesInfo
Friday 22nd November 20194 nightsP&O Cruises on AuroraSouthamptonAmsterdamInfo
Friday 29th November 20192 nightsP&O Cruises on VenturaSouthamptonBrugesInfo
Friday 13th December 20194 nightsP&O Cruises on VenturaSouthamptonAmsterdam FestiveInfo
Thursday 19th December 20192 nightsP&O Cruises on AuroraSouthamptonBruges FestiveInfo
Friday 20th December 20193 nightsCunard on Queen VictoriaSouthamptonBruges FestiveInfo
Friday 20th December 20192 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on BalmoralSouthamptonHonfleur FestiveInfo
Sunday 29th December 20195 nightsP&O Cruises on VenturaSouthamptonBruges and Hamburg FestiveInfo
Monday 6th January 20204 nightsCunard on Queen VictoriaSouthamptonBrugesInfo
Friday 7th February 20204 nightsP&O Cruises on VenturaSouthamptonAmsterdamInfo
Friday 14th February 20205 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on Black WatchSouthamptonAmsterdam and AntwerpInfo
Thursday 19th March 20203 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on BoudiccaDoverAmsterdam and RotterdamInfo
Tuesday 24th March 20202 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on Black WatchSouthamptonGreat BritainInfo
Regular sailings2 nightsP&O FerriesHullAmsterdamInfo
Regular sailings2 nightsP&O FerriesHullBrugesInfo

Reasons to book a family-friendly mini cruise

Did you know modern cruise ships are ideal for families?

Cruise lines are falling over themselves to offer the latest and greatest family entertainment options.

The best for families offer rock climbing walls, surfing simulators, ropes courses, water splash parks, swimming pools, 4D cinemas, dodgems, go-karts, and F1 racing simulators are just some of the recent innovations. Families tend to favour Royal Caribbean, P&O Cruises, and MSC Cruises.

Most family-friendly ships usually offer a kids club, typically for children aged three to 17, spread across various age groups. The best offer free clubs for children aged two and above.

Some cruise lines, such as Fred Olsen, aren’t as geared-up for kids but still welcome children onboard. Such cruise lines only offer children’s entertainment when the number of children on individual sailings are sufficient – for example, in school holidays. This will then vary from ship to ship.