Never been on a cruise? Then why not dip your toe in by going on a short-break cruise first? Offering you a delightful insight into the world of cruising, after you’ve been on one, you’ll be booking a longer duration cruise before you know it!
Get a taste for cruising
If you’ve always toyed with the idea of going on a cruise – but haven’t wanted to go on one just in case ‘cruising isn’t for you’ – then a short-break cruise is your best bet. You’ll get to see exactly why cruises are such a popular holiday choice – and why people choose to go on them again and again. Your only regret will be why you’ve never been on a cruise before.
A wonderful way to spend your holiday, on a short-break cruise you’ll get to see new, exciting destinations – all in a compact space of time. What’s more, you’ll get to enjoy the luxurious cruising experience too. From delicious cuisine, dazzling entertainment shows to state of the art facilities and a first class service, cruise ships are just like a lavish hotel. Cruises have an added advantage though: you get to see and explore different places from the comfort of your ship.
Growing in demand
As more and more cruise lines are cottoning on to the fact that these short-break cruises are the best way to show people just how fabulous the whole cruising experience is, they’re available more than ever. As well as being an excellent way to sample cruising and all the delights it has to offer, short-break cruises also come in a godsend for those who haven’t the time to take a longer break – say for a week or more – as it means they can still experience the magic of a cruise. So it certainly comes as no surprise that these short cruise breaks are sought after. They offer the perfect solution for many.
How long do they last?
That’s the beauty of short-break cruises – they can be as long or as short as you want them to be. They usually last less than five nights at sea –and you still get bags of time to explore. There are exciting excursions, tours and mainland activities available – so you can really get the most out of each destination.
Where can you go?
Living in the UK means you have a distinct advantage – simply because there are many UK ports cruise ships sail from. The possibilities are endless. There are many delightful destinations in Europe that you can go to, including Amsterdam, Bruges, La Rochelle, Cork, Nice, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Sicily and Cagliari and many more. What’s more, sailing from a port in the UK means you will save on flight costs too.
The Right Cruise Ship for you
Many cruise ships offer the short-break cruise experience including Cunard, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, P&O Cruises, Fred Olsen, MSC, Silversea, Princess – all of which sail from the UK. So whether you want to go on an ultra-luxury, family friendly or an entertainment packed cruise – there’s a cruise ship that’s right for you.
Well you could test the water by going on a two-day cruise first. For instance, you could sail from the UK to Dublin. Or you could go on a 3 night cruise, say from London to Amsterdam on to Belgium and then back to London.
Perhaps you fancy something a bit longer? Well you could – for example – go on a five night cruise from Southampton to Amsterdam, Brussels, Bruges to Paris before returning to Southampton. There are many options for you to take on-board – but these are just a few to give you an idea. There’s a duration and itinerary to suit every requirement.
If you don’t want to restrict yourself to UK sailings – there are short-break cruises further afield too. The only thing is you’ll need to fly in order to board your ship; cruises include US, Caribbean, and Canada.
Value for money
Short-break cruises represent exceptional value for money –and you’ll still get the whole cruise experience. One price usually includes accommodation, 24-hour meals and snacks, nightly entertainment and most on-board activities, plus flights and transfers where applicable. When it comes to short-break cruises, there really is one to suit every requirement, taste and budget.
By Ian Lewis