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Test the waters with a mini cruise

discover Europe and go on a mini cruise

If you like the idea of a cruise, but don’t know if it is for you and you therefore don’t want to commit to a two week trip, then a mini cruise might be the perfect option for you. A mini cruise allows you to enjoy the same comfort and entertainment as a longer cruise holiday while giving you the chance to test the waters for two to three nights.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines offer a great range of mini cruises leaving from UK harbours close to you. Setting off from cities like Southampton, Liverpool or Bristol, the company’s cruise ships call into the ports of Ireland, France, Belgium or the Netherlands giving you the chance to discover the countries on our doorstep.

Mini cruises are not only a great way to test, if cruises are in fact for you, they are also the perfect trip when you want to surprise your partner with a romantic getaway or celebrate special dates such as a birthday or even a hen night or stag do.

In the past, I have even taken part in a congress while taking a mini cruise from Kiel in Germany to Oslo in Norway. During the crossing, I attended seminars, discussed the developments in the world of investigative journalism and hosted panels, while on shore leave I had the chance to tour Oslo, climb on top of the ski jump at Holmenkollen and snap pics of Vigeland’s crazy statues at Vigeland Sculpture Park. We even squeezed in a visit at Norway’s biggest daily newspaper, so don’t let the length of the trip be deceiving. You still have plenty of time to explore and soak in the atmosphere of your destination and when you’re on board you get to enjoy beautiful meals. I still remember by very first taste of reindeer…

Have you ever been on a mini cruise or even a longer cruise holiday? Which destinations can you recommend?

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  1. I have never tried it, but I can imagine it could be great fun! Always fancied seeing some of the Scandinavian countries that way.
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  2. This sounds perfect for us as I would love to go on a cruise with just my husband but wouldn’t be comfortable with going too far or for too long away from the kids.

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  3. We are fans of cruising. Our Daughter is 2 years old and been on 5 cruises already. Although never cruised with Fred before! Must look into it!

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