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Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas France Mini Cruise – 18th October 2019

It's time for a long weekend and this cruise to France fits the bill perfectly.

Head to Southampton to join Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas as she sails on a two-night taster cruise to Le Havre.

About this cruise

Your adventure begins on Friday 18th October 2019 where you'll board Explorer of the Seas. She was refitted a few years ago and still has that new-ship feel. If you've not tried cruising before, or have yet to sail with Royal Caribbean, this is an excellent ship to start with. This was the first cruise ship I sailed on, and she holds a special place in my heart.

With just two-nights onboard, this is a non-stop cruise so there's little time for rest - you can do that any other weekend of the year! Instead, tour the ship and make full use of the facilities. Try the food, enjoy a drink or two, watch a live theatre show, hit the shops, or head to the spa. You might want to give the swimming pool a miss in a cool mid-October, though. You can do as much or as little as you wish to, but I'd urge you to cram as much into your limited time on board as you can.

You'll dock early on Saturday in Le Havre. It's the gateway to Paris but that doesn't mean it is close. In fact, it's a two hour bus ride - each way. Still, if you've never been and can happily sit through four hours on a coach, then there's no finer way to spend a Saturday. Head to the famous sights, indulge in some retail therapy, or do as I would, and hit Paris' food shops.

Le Havre is an often overlooked city but is a great alternative if you don't fancy a trek. It too has a bevy of sights, shops, and restaurants, so you can still immerse yourself in French culture for a day. Spend the day ashore or head out in the morning and spend the afternoon back on the ship. Remember, it's a resort in its own right, so has lots to see and do onboard, and with the clock ticking, there's not much time to fit it all in if you're ashore.

You'll sail overnight back to Southampton where you'll disembark on Sunday morning. If you can get Friday off work, this is a great excuse for a long weekend and you'll still be back in time for the drudgery of work on Monday morning. Sorry.

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The Route

The itinerary for this mini cruise is:

1Friday 18th October 2019Southampton4.30pm
2Saturday 19th October 2019Le Havre7am to 9pm
3Sunday 20th October 2019Southampton5.30am

Why choose this taster cruise?

  • 2 nights on Royal Caribbean's family-friendly ship, Explorer of the Seas
  • Departs on Friday 18th October 2019
  • Sail round-trip from Southampton
  • Visit Le Havre in France, and take an optional tour to visit Paris if you like.

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So you know, the map above shows point-to-point lines which may cross land. Don't worry, your cruise ship will not sprout legs and run across dry land. Instead it's water all the way! Mapping is approximate, and the scheduled times are estimates. Your trip is subject to change as, occasionally, operators have to alter itineraries due to bad weather or unforeseen events.

The Price


On Friday 29th June 2018, I found a starting price from £256 per person based on two sharing the cheapest cabin (usually this is an inside cabin). 1 month prior it started from £259 per person, a saving of £3 per person.


What's that per night?

Want to compare this short break to a hotel stay? A starting price of 'from £256 per person' equates to 'from £128 per person per night'.

Here's a trend line showing the movement of the lead-in price for this cruise. I aim to check prices daily and this graph shows only those readings. I love geeky stuff like this and thought it might be handy when planning when to book your next cruise.

In my last 7 checks, the cheapest I have seen this cruise start at is from £199 per person, and the highest I've seen it go is from £339 per person.


Are there any extras?

This price normally includes some meals but excludes drinks, gratuities, optional shore excursions, and any applicable flights and transfers (if needed and if excluded). If you want a cabin or suite with a view, these come at a premium (if available).

Cruise prices are based on supply and demand so the more spare cabins there are closer to the sail date, the cheaper the prices often become. After all, no cruise line likes sailing with empty cabins and this cruise sails in 1 year.

I regularly check for price changes by hand, but as they can occur rapidly, please use the link below to get the latest prices.

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.

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