Friday 7 Feb 2020
- Sail with P&O Cruises on Ventura from Southampton
- Fri 7 Feb to Tue 11 Feb
- Family-friendly cruise ship
- Good price for a mini cruise.
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.
I consider this an excellent price and fantastic value for money.
I consider this a good price for the length of cruise.
I consider this a bit pricey in my opinion. Still a good cruise, just on the expensive side.
Friday 7 Feb 2020
Wednesday 12 Feb 2020
Friday 14 Feb 2020
Saturday 14 Mar 2020
Thursday 19 Mar 2020
Tuesday 24 Mar 2020
Sunday 19 Apr 2020
Friday 5 Jun 2020
Saturday 5 Sep 2020
Wednesday 7 Oct 2020
Tuesday 27 Oct 2020
Wednesday 16 Dec 2020
Wednesday 16 Dec 2020
* Lead-in prices correct at the time of checking. See cruise details for details.
Here's a quick overview of upcoming mini cruises. Scroll up for more details.
|Sail Date||Duration||Operator & Ship||Departure Port||Destinations||More|
|Friday 7th February 2020||4 nights||P&O Cruises on Ventura||Southampton||Amsterdam|
|Wednesday 12th February 2020||4 nights||Saga Cruises on Spirit of Discovery||Southampton||Rouen|
|Friday 14th February 2020||5 nights||Fred Olsen Cruise Lines on Black Watch||Southampton||Amsterdam and Antwerp|
|Saturday 14th March 2020||2 nights||P&O Cruises on Oriana||Southampton||Bruges|
|Thursday 19th March 2020||3 nights||Fred Olsen Cruise Lines on Boudicca||Dover||Amsterdam and Rotterdam|
|Tuesday 24th March 2020||2 nights||Fred Olsen Cruise Lines on Black Watch||Southampton||Great Britain|
|Sunday 19th April 2020||4 nights||Saga Cruises on Spirit of Discovery||Dover||Great Britain and Amsterdam|
|Friday 5th June 2020||3 nights||Azamara Club Cruises on Azamara Pursuit||Southampton||Guernsey and St Malo|
|Saturday 5th September 2020||3 nights||Marella Cruises on Marella Explorer 2||Newcastle||Bruges and Amsterdam|
|Wednesday 7th October 2020||4 nights||Princess Cruises on Crown Princess||Southampton||Guernsey and Rotterdam|
|Tuesday 27th October 2020||5 nights||Royal Caribbean on Anthem of the Seas||Southampton||Paris and Bilbao|
|Wednesday 16th December 2020||4 nights||Saga Cruises on Spirit of Adventure||Southampton||Amsterdam|
|Wednesday 16th December 2020||5 nights||Saga Cruises on Spirit of Discovery||Southampton||Bruges and Antwerp|
|Regular sailings||2 nights||P&O Ferries||Hull||Amsterdam|
|Regular sailings||2 nights||P&O Ferries||Hull||Bruges|
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.