Mini Cruises & Short Cruises

Nothing makes the most of a weekend like a short cruise. Whether you choose a two or three-night break, visit Hamburg, Antwerp or chocolate box Bruges, short cruises make the most of every minute.

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    Canal Side Houses on the Amstel River at night, Amsterdam.
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    Rozenhoedkaai at sunrise – Bruges.
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    The Grote Markt with beautiful buildings and church tower in Antwerpen city, Belgium.

City breaks are one of our favourite ways to explore Europe without eating into too much of your annual leave. When it comes to short cruises, there’s something so relaxing about skipping the airport and getting straight to the fun part – winding down on your ship of choice, ready for a great weekend ahead.

Short cruises from Southampton can take tick plenty of destinations off your list. Cruise to Amsterdam for the weekend or take a closer look at places nearer to home on a British Isles short break. Short cruises are great value for money too, with your fare covering everything from accommodation and entertainment to fab food in a whole range of restaurants.

Take a look at our short cruise deals today and combine the joy of cruising with city break excitement.

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Short Break Cruise Ports


Where else in the world can you cycle beside canals or sail along them, shop for tulips in a floating flower market, see a Rembrandt in the morning and a Van Gogh in the afternoon, and experience a moving reminder of how Nazi occupation affected the life of young girls like Anne Frank? A weekend cruise to Amsterdam remains one of the popular short breaks from Southampton, with the Dutch capital showing you a whole new side to the city every time you visit.


With delicious local chocolate, Belgian beer, medieval architecture and art history in spades, there’s little wonder Bruges short breaks remain one of the most popular weekends away. Whether it’s a Christmas market cruise or something to look forward to for a summer weekend trip with friends, Bruges never disappoints those who are looking to cram a lot of city in a short break. Walk along Minnewater – the ‘Lake of Love’ – spend hours people watching with a coffee and cake in Markt Square, and round off the evening with dinner back on board your ship before exploring again tomorrow. Bliss!


Think of Antwerp as the love child of Bruges and Brooklyn. Achingly hip cafes and boutiques sit side-by-side with medieval architecture and baroque masterpieces, making for a short break that appeals to all generations – perfect if you’re planning a weekend cruise with family and friends. The city has served as the inspiration for artistic masters like Van Gogh and Van Dyck, as well as fashion behemoths like Dries Van Noten, and it remains one of the most stylish city break destinations in the world. Better yet, the local amber beer flows freely at craft breweries around the city. Hop on your bike and explore!

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Short Cruises Destinations & Ports

» Amsterdam
» Bruges
» Antwerp
» Bilbao
» La Rochelle
» Le Havre

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