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Mini Cruises from the UK

Sometimes a short break is exactly what’s required, and a mini cruise is a great way to escape for a few days and enjoy that unmistakable cruise experience. Mini cruises are typically no more than five days in duration. Take a short cruise from the UK and you can enjoy all the convenience of a UK departure with more time to simply enjoy your cruise.

Which cruise lines offer mini cruises from the UK?

You'll find that most mainstream cruise lines offer mini cruises from the UK. First-time cruisers can't go wrong with P&O Cruises or Royal Caribbean which are both very popular. For traditional British luxury cruising, Cunard is great, or for a comfortable no-frills cruise, you might want to try Cruise & Maritime Voyages or Fred. Olsen Cruise Line.

Where can I sail from?

No matter where in the British Isles you live, you'll find there is always a departure port not too far from you:

  • Southampton is Britain’s busiest cruise ship port, it will come as no surprise that it hosts the widest selection of mini cruises from the UK
  • London Tilbury is another southern port offering mini-cruise departures to a range of destinations
  • Further north, Liverpool is another popular port which offers mini cruises from the UK
  • For anyone in the North-East, Newcastle offers the best choice to enjoy a short cruise.

Cruises do depart from ports near Edinburgh and Glasgow but options for mini cruises are currently limited.

Destinations to reach on a mini cruise from the UK

From Newcastle, you can enjoy a mini cruise to Norway and maybe even see the northern lights! Or you could venture to western Europe for a short voyage to Bruges, Amsterdam and Rotterdam in just five-nights.

December is a popular month for UK mini cruises as many cruisers explore the festivities of Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and more for a quick Christmas cruise. New Year mini cruises from the UK are also popular, with cruise lines such as P&O Cruises offering a few options.

Can I get away for the weekend?

Yes! Mini cruises over a weekend are great for anyone who has limited time to take from work. Pick dates over a bank holiday weekend and you might need even less time off.

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Book your mini cruise from the UK

If you are desperate for a quick getaway or would like a few days to soak up the sunshine, browse our deals below for your perfect short cruise from the UK. A wide choice of UK departure ports and an excellent selection of itineraries offered by some of the world’s leading cruise lines ensures that a mini cruise from the UK makes for an excellent holiday. Call our award-winning Cruise Concierge team for assistance with your booking and help with any questions you may have.

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