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Family-Friendly Mini Cruises

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October 2019

November 2019

From £379 pp*

Sunday 17 Nov 2019

Bruges 2-night mini cruise

  • Sail with Cunard on Queen Mary 2 from Southampton
  • Sun 17 Nov to Tue 19 Nov
  • No-fly
  • Family-friendly cruise ship
  • This one's a bit pricey but is still a good getaway.

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From £349 pp*

Friday 22 Nov 2019

Amsterdam 4-night mini cruise

  • Sail with P&O Cruises on Aurora from Southampton
  • Fri 22 Nov to Tue 26 Nov
  • No-fly
  • Family-friendly cruise ship
  • Definitely consider this one as it's a great price!

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December 2019

From £423 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 £256 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
  • Good price for a mini cruise.

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From £199 pp*

Friday 20 Dec 2019

Honfleur 2-night mini cruise Festive

  • Sail with Fred Olsen Cruise Lines on Balmoral from Southampton
  • Fri 20 Dec to Sun 22 Dec
  • No-fly
  • Family-friendly cruise ship
  • Definitely consider this one as it's a great price!

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January 2020

From £412 pp*

Monday 6 Jan 2020

Bruges 4-night mini cruise

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

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February 2020

From £329 pp*

Friday 7 Feb 2020

Amsterdam 4-night mini cruise

  • Sail with P&O Cruises on Ventura from Southampton
  • Fri 7 Feb to Tue 11 Feb
  • No-fly
  • Family-friendly cruise ship
  • Definitely consider this one as it's a great price!

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March 2020

June 2020

October 2020

Regular sailings

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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
Sunday 20th October 20195 nightsRoyal Caribbean on Explorer of the SeasSouthamptonParis and Bilbao UnavailableInfo
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 ElizabethSouthamptonBruges UnavailableInfo
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
Friday 5th June 20203 nightsAzamara Club Cruises on Azamara PursuitSouthamptonGuernsey and St MaloInfo
Wednesday 7th October 20204 nightsPrincess Cruises on Crown PrincessSouthamptonGuernsey and RotterdamInfo
Tuesday 27th October 20205 nightsRoyal Caribbean on Anthem of the SeasSouthamptonParis and BilbaoInfo
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.