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Get A Taste For The Seas With Our Mini Cruises

The phrase ‘cruising isn’t for everyone’ is very true. For some the allure is obvious; getting to sit back and relax whilst the ship takes you to beautiful destination after beautiful destination. But for others, the idea of spending their holiday on the water rather than the land just doesn’t appeal and never will do.

However, there are in fact three camps not just two. How about the people in the middle who aren’t adverse to the idea of cruising but just aren’t sure whether they will like it or not? This is quite a common feeling amongst those who have never travelled in this way and it can be hard to commit to such a big decision without knowing for certain.

There is a way of finding out whether you will indeed fall in love with cruising or not and that’s to give yourself a taste of what everyone else is raving about. Taster, or mini, cruises are those which only last for a few nights and which are designed to give people the chance to experience a cruise without committing to a long time at sea. The issue of price also becomes a lot easy to consider because you no longer have to worry about parting with thousands of pounds to do something you’re not sure that you’ll enjoy.

The fact that many of these mini cruises depart from the UK makes the trip even easier to handle. You can save money on flights, remove any worries about luggage allowances and start to enjoy your holiday from the moment you leave the house. A typical itinerary could involve a short trip across the channel to either France or Belgium; allowing you to visit some excellent destinations whilst getting to see what life is like on a cruise ship. Who knows, it may well be something you instantly fall in love with.

Let’s take a closer look at some of our taster cruises for 2015.

Weekend Cruise To Antwerp & Amsterdam


Sailing on the 30th of April with Cruise and Maritime Voyages, this trip lasts for three nights. You will depart from and arrive back into Tilbury with stops at the beautiful cities of Amsterdam and Antwerp in between. This itinerary is perfect for anyone living in the London area because of the departure point, but is also in easy distance of anyone living in the south east. Canals, cobbled streets, and wonderful flower markets await as you make the most of what will be a memorable weekend.

Belgium & Guernsey

St Peter Port, Guernsey

Step aboard P&O Cruises’ Ventura as you sail to Belgium and Guernsey on the 2nd of May. This cruise departs from Southampton and makes stops in Zeebrugge and St Peter Port along the way. From the Belgian port of Zeebrugge you will have the chance to travel to Bruges if you wish in order to experience the fantastic architecture of this beautiful city. Your time in the Channel Islands will offer stunning natural landscapes, a range of different terrains, and the opportunity to experience this remote part of our country. Guernsey is also the sunniest place in the British Isles.

Elvis At 80

Aarhus, Denmark

If you are hoping to go a little further afield during your taster cruise and spend more time on the waves, this itinerary could be perfect. 2015 marks Elvis’s 80th birthday and to celebrate this you can visit the only Graceland replica outside of the USA. The Danish town of Randers has its own version of Elvis’s famous home, filled with fascinating memorabilia and a restaurant themed around the King of Rock and Roll. The ship will dock in the port of Aarhus, Denmark’s second city, before allowing guests to indulge their love of all things Elvis by transferring to Randers by coach. This Fred. Olsen Cruise leaves from Harwich on the 13th of April, lasts for five nights, and is great way to get a feel for the cruising experience.

If you are considering whether to take your first sailing and think that a taster cruise would be the ideal way to ease yourself in, please call us or enquire online today. You can also take a look at our new to cruising page which has more information to help you make what is an important decision.