A traveller’s guide to Mini cruises

If you’re considering a mini cruise as your next break then you’ve probably been surprised by just how vast a choice there is. Whilst cruises of any variety can be considerably expensive, there are ways that you can make sure that you’re getting the best deal. This guide will tell you all about making a saving on your next mini-cruise, as well as the other factors you should consider when booking.



There are a seemingly endless amount of differing ports and cities that mini breaks cover in Europe, so deciding which would suit you best should entail a little research into what the cities have to offer.
Some of the ports that are frequently covered by Mini Cruises in Europe include Bruges and Antwerp in Belgium, Copenhagen in Denmark, Brest, La Rochelle, Le Havre and Honfleur in France, Warnemunde in Germany, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Alesund, Bergen, Eidfjord, Flaam and Olden in Norway and finally San Sebastian, El Ferrol and Santander in Spain.


UK Mini Cruises have become increasingly popular for those who want to make a saving on their break; popular ports include: St. Peter Port inGuernsey, Belfast, Cork, Greencastle and Dublin in Ireland and Edinburgh, Invergordon, Kirkwall, Lerwick and Douglas in Scotland.

Making a saving on your Mini Cruise

Using price comparison websites

Holiday websites now extend far beyond just package holidays and today list practically every cruise holiday going. Starting at a price comparison engine should certainly make for your first port of call when gaining an idea of what’s on offer and at what prices.

Considering other rooms

The difference in price between an inside cabin and a cabin with a balcony can be vast. Whilst having a balcony is no doubt a lovely luxury, weekend cruises will invariably see you out and about for the majority of the time (as opposed to long distance cruises where you may spend a considerably period inside).

Checking your local and national newspaper

Local and national newspapers frequently advertise Mini Cruise breaks within their classified sections. Additionally you may find last minute deals available, where the choice of rooms is limited but the overall cost is considerably less than the original price. These deals are generally where cruise liners are looking to fill their remaining spaces, so you may need to flexible as to destinations, port routes, travel dates and room choice.

Other factors you should consider when booking a mini-cruise

Considering on board prices

Generally speaking you’ll find it difficult to gain information as to the pricing on board for drinks, foods, gifts and any other items. These do however need to be considered when thinking about your spending money, particularly if the cruise liner doesn’t include any meals or drinks within the price.

It is always a good idea to pay for your gratuities in advance to avoid the build up of an enormous bill that will take away the pleasure from the whole cruise. 

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