Carnival Breeze & Celebrity Silhouette in San Juan

Mini Cruise Deals For 2018 And 2019

Enjoy a short relaxing break in a luxury hotel - that floats!

A mini cruise is an excellent way to try out a cruise ship without committing to a week or two at sea.

If you have already cruised before, a mini cruise is a brilliant way to scope out a cruise line before booking your next holiday.

Taster cruises to places like Le Havre (for Paris), Zeebrugge (for Bruges and Brussels), Guernsey, and Amsterdam are available on selected dates throughout the year. You can find a comprehensive list of mini cruises below. Alternatively, filter your results to show only the cruises that interest you.

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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 £339 pp*

Friday 7 Dec 2018

Bruges 2-night mini cruise Festive

  • Sail with P&O Cruises on Arcardia from Southampton
  • Fri 7 Dec to Sun 9 Dec
  • No-fly
  • Adults-only cruise ship
  • This one's a bit pricey but is still a good getaway.

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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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From £199 pp*

Sunday 16 Dec 2018

Dublin 3-night mini cruise Festive

  • Sail with Cruise & Maritime Voyages on Marco Polo from Bristol
  • Sun 16 Dec to Wed 19 Dec
  • No-fly
  • Adults-only cruise ship
  • Definitely consider this one as it's a great price!

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From £199 pp*

Wednesday 19 Dec 2018

Cobh (Cork) 3-night mini cruise Festive

  • Sail with Cruise & Maritime Voyages on Marco Polo from Bristol
  • Wed 19 Dec to Sat 22 Dec
  • No-fly
  • Adults-only cruise ship
  • Definitely consider this one as it's a great price!

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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

March 2019

April 2019

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

From £749 pp*

Wednesday 12 Feb 2020

Rouen 4-night mini cruise

  • Sail with Saga Cruises on Spirit of Discovery from Southampton
  • Wed 12 Feb to Sun 16 Feb
  • No-fly
  • Adults-only cruise ship
  • This one's a bit pricey but is still a good getaway.

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March 2020

Regular sailings

* Lead-in prices correct at the time of checking. See cruise details for details.

Mini Cruise Calendar

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

Sail DateDurationOperator & ShipDeparture PortDestinationsMore
Saturday 18th August 20181 nightCruise & Maritime Voyages on Marco PoloHarwichGreat BritainInfo
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
Saturday 25th August 20182 nightsCruise & Maritime Voyages on MagellanLiverpoolGreat Britain and DublinInfo
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 31st August 20183 nightsP&O Cruises on ArcardiaSouthamptonBruges and CherbourgInfo
Saturday 1st September 20183 nightsMarella Cruises on Marella DiscoveryNewcastleBruges and Amsterdam ThemedInfo
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
Saturday 17th November 20184 nightsP&O Cruises on ArcardiaSouthamptonBruges and AmsterdamInfo
Friday 23rd November 20183 nightsP&O Cruises on VenturaSouthamptonBrugesInfo
Friday 30th November 20182 nightsCunard on Queen ElizabethSouthamptonBrugesInfo
Friday 30th November 20184 nightsSaga Cruises on Saga Pearl IIPortsmouthBruges and AmsterdamInfo
Saturday 1st December 20182 nightsP&O Cruises on OceanaSouthamptonBruges FestiveInfo
Tuesday 4th December 20182 nightsP&O FerriesHullBruges ThemedInfo
Thursday 6th December 20185 nightsCruise & Maritime Voyages on ColumbusLondon TilburyAmsterdam, Hamburg and Antwerp FestiveInfo
Friday 7th December 20182 nightsP&O Cruises on ArcardiaSouthamptonBruges FestiveInfo
Saturday 8th December 20185 nightsFred Olsen Cruise Lines on BalmoralSouthamptonAmsterdam and Antwerp FestiveInfo
Thursday 13th December 20184 nightsCruise & Maritime Voyages on ColumbusLondon TilburyAmsterdam and Hamburg 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
Sunday 16th December 20183 nightsCruise & Maritime Voyages on Marco PoloBristolDublin FestiveInfo
Monday 17th December 20183 nightsCruise & Maritime Voyages on ColumbusLondon TilburyAmsterdam and Antwerp FestiveInfo
Wednesday 19th December 20183 nightsCruise & Maritime Voyages on Marco PoloBristolCobh (Cork) 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
Saturday 29th December 20185 nightsP&O Cruises on OceanaSouthamptonBruges and Hamburg 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
Wednesday 15th May 20194 nightsCruise & Maritime Voyages on Marco PoloCardiffGreat Britain, Guernsey, Honfleur and Isles of ScillyInfo
Friday 17th May 20192 nightsP&O Cruises on ArcardiaSouthamptonGuernseyInfo
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
Friday 21st June 20193 nightsP&O Cruises on ArcardiaSouthamptonGuernseyInfo
Saturday 29th June 20191 nightCruise & Maritime Voyages on Marco PoloPortsmouthGreat BritainInfo
Sunday 7th July 20192 nightsP&O Cruises on AuroraSouthamptonGuernseyInfo
Friday 19th July 20193 nightsP&O Cruises on OrianaSouthamptonGuernseyInfo
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
Wednesday 14th August 20191 nightCruise & Maritime Voyages on Marco PoloNewcastleGreat BritainInfo
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
Thursday 29th August 20193 nightsCruise & Maritime Voyages on MagellanLiverpoolGreat Britain, Dublin and Isles of ScillyInfo
Friday 30th August 20192 nightsCruise & Maritime Voyages on AstoriaPortsmouthGreat BritainInfo
Friday 30th August 20191 nightCruise & Maritime Voyages on Marco PoloRosythGreat BritainInfo
Friday 30th August 20193 nightsRoyal Caribbean on Independence of the SeasSouthamptonBruges and CherbourgInfo
Saturday 31st August 20191 nightCruise & Maritime Voyages on Marco PoloNewcastleGreat BritainInfo
Saturday 31st August 20192 nightsP&O Cruises on AzuraSouthamptonGuernseyInfo
Sunday 1st September 20194 nightsSaga Cruises on Spirit of DiscoveryDoverBruges, Amsterdam and HeligolandInfo
Saturday 21st September 20192 nightsP&O Cruises on BritanniaSouthamptonBrugesInfo
Sunday 22nd September 20194 nightsCunard on Queen Mary 2SouthamptonHamburgInfo
Thursday 3rd October 20194 nightsSaga Cruises on Spirit of DiscoveryDoverParis, Cherbourg and St MaloInfo
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 ArcardiaSouthamptonBruges and Amsterdam 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
Wednesday 12th February 20204 nightsSaga Cruises on Spirit of DiscoverySouthamptonRouenInfo
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

Looking to book a longer cruise?

If you are looking to book a longer cruise, you have two options - book direct through the cruise line, or find a good travel agent that deals with cruise bookings.

While I can maintain an up-to-date list of short taster cruises, doing this by hand for the tens of thousands of cruise itineraries released each year is simply impossible.

If you are unsure where to go, research destinations before you research the cruise lines and ships. Not all cruise ships visit all destinations. If you have a bucket list port of call, start there.

Travel agent websites are usually pretty good at displaying itinerary information but less so for up-to-date pricing. To get an accurate guide price without speaking to anyone, check the cruise line websites. Most give live pricing and you can book instantly if you choose.

The best travel agents offer impeccable service and are worth their weight in gold. They will make sure you are well looked after, and take pride in ensuring you have the time of your life. They become good friends who look out for you. My experience with some travel agents has sadly left a lot to be desired, so I now tend to book direct - unless there is an irresistible agent-only offer available.