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The Best Mini Cruises For Each Season

By HannahFriday 31st May 2013


Do you ever feel like getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Even with limited time off, it’s possible to pack in fun for the whole family with Royal Caribbean mini cruises – short enough to fit even the busiest lifestyle, but long enough for complete relaxation.
Mini cruises are usually 2-5 days and never more than 7 days. The spring and autumn seasons are ideal for weekenders, while 5-7 day mini cruises suit the winter and summer months, since you’ll be hopping on a flight to sail out of an international port.
The best part is that you’ll enjoy the features of a full-length cruise – jump into the pool, pamper yourself at the spa, or lounge around your favourite café. You’ll also have unlimited access to onboard entertainment including live stage shows, cinemas and casinos. Once you dock at your port of call, you can explore the city and check out the local culture on a land tour.
Here’s a handy roundup of our most popular mini cruise destinations for each season so you can choose the right one for you.


If you’re looking for the perfect romantic weekender, we think the 2-night sampler cruise from Southampton to Paris makes an ideal spring escape. April and May are also good months to explore the Mediterranean as the French and Italian Riviera are at their sunny best. Barcelona, Rome, Florence, Pisa, and Cannes are all on the itinerary. We’re dreaming of a luxurious shore excursion in Monte Carlo, sipping a cocktail at the waterfront bars whilst gazing at the prestigious yacht clubs.


romeSummer is the perfect time to experience refreshing Nordic air on a mesmerising Norwegian voyage. You can combine gazing at towering glaciers and dazzling Northern Lights with hiking or a trip on the world’s steepest railway. Sail directly from Southampton on our 6-night Norway cruise calling at Oslo, Kristiansand and Stavanger.
Eastern Mediterranean cruises between June and late August are a good pick for those fans of warm Mediterranean sun. Our 7-night mini cruise departs from Sicily and sails to ports including Piraeus, Kusadasi, Crete and Rome.


As the darker days of autumn draw in, we’re looking for a quick getaway to brighten things up. On our mini cruise to France and Belgium you can devour world-renowned Belgium chocolate, visit diamond factories, explore art galleries or take a historical walking tour of the city of Le Havre. This 4-night mini cruise also calls at St Peter’s Port on the lovely island of Guernsey where you’ll find fresh crab sandwiches.
Anytime between September and November, venture out to Italy or France to enjoy 2 nights in the Western Mediterranean, docking at Naples and Barcelona.


Why not escape the winter blues and get your dose of sun, sand and sea? You can set sail anytime between December and February from any of the major ports in Florida and Texas on a 7-night Western Caribbean cruise which takes in Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Mexico. The Bahamas is also the perfect place to visit all year round and as one of our Facebook fans says, “Why wait until 2014 when you can be there over Christmas and New Year in 2013, bring it on!” Stephanie Le Tissier

 We’d love to hear what you think about mini cruises. What’s your favourite mini cruise destination and season? Share your thoughts with us below.

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