Mini cruises from Southampton offer first-timers the chance to test their sea legs and regular cruisers a city getaway without breaking the bank. With its wide range of mini cruise options, Southampton is the place for passengers to set sail for great European cities, so here are five of our favourite two- to three-night cruises from the port.
Mini Cruises From Southampton – Hamburg (Return) 2 Nights
Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2 undertakes a regular two-night cruise from Southampton to Hamburg and back. One of the finest ships sailing the seas, this regal vessel has more than enough facilities – including 15 on board restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a theatre, a casino and even a planetarium – to ensure passengers will enjoy a memorable break without even stepping off the ship. Yet those who remain aboard will miss out on one of Germany’s most vibrant, cosmopolitan cities. Hamburg is famed for its beautiful town hall, its excellent shopping and its variety of dining and entertainment options.
Mini Cruises From Southampton – Guernsey (Return) 3 Nights
This three-night cruise, on P&O Cruises Arcadia, departs from Southampton for the Bailiwick of Guernsey, off the coast of Normandy. Rich in history and culture, Guernsey is perhaps the most fascinating of all the Channel Islands (though six of the eight are uninhabited), and a full day stop as part of this cruise will allow you time to get a real taste of the island. You can choose how you want to spend your day: stroll the shore of the island, exploring the soaring cliffs, picturesque beaches and abundant bird life; or hop on a bike to explore the isle’s unique culinary culture, which runs the gamet from traditional fish and chips to rustic French fare.
Mini Cruises From Southampton – Paris (Return) 2 Nights
There’s no other city in the world like Paris – and when a cruise stops in the City of Love, you can be certain that every passenger will jump ship to explore sights like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Musée du Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe on Champs Elysées.
Mini Cruises From Southampton – Brussels, Bruges & Cherbourg 3 Nights
For those who like to see more than one foreign city on their mini cruise, the best option may be this short tour of Belgian and French cities on Cunard Queen Mary 2. The tour includes a half-day stop along the Belgian coast, for very easy access to the sights and sounds of Bruges (including its famous Belfry and Grote Markt), or a slightly more distant visit to capital Brussels (perhaps most renowned for its cheeky Manneken Pis). The tour then continues to Cherbourg in France, which opens up the entire region of Lower Normandy. Just note that the cruise stops here – if you wish to return to the UK you’ll need to organise a ferry or flight.
British Isle Cruises From Southampton
Though technically not a mini cruise, we couldn’t leave without giving a mention to British Isles cruises that visit some of our favourite UK ports. This type of cruise is for those who enjoy city breaks within the UK, but want to add that extra dash of luxury to their journey. Cunard Queen Mary 2 sails from/to Southampton on a British Isles cruise visiting Liverpool, Dublin and Belfast to name just a few of the ports visited. You can explore the city’s wealth of attractions including Liverpool’s Cathedral, Tate Liverpool and the Beatles Story at Albert Dock, while over at Dublin be sure to head to Halfpenny Bridge, stroll down bustling O’Connell Street, to the welcome ‘craic’ and Guinness of the hundred or more bars that are here.
Of course, this is only the start – there are also many more mini cruises available from Southampton with Bolsover Cruise Club. Simply CLICK HERE to discover for the two- or three-night cruise that’s ideal for you.