MINI CRUISES from southampton

Mediterranean and Northern Europe cruises

Looking for a short break or thinking about cruising for the first time? No worries, we have the right cruise option for you!


Take a break from your daily routine and treat yourself to a short holiday on one of our incredible ships, including MSC Virtuosa, the UK’s flagship. Our short cruises are available from 3 up to 5 nights: the best option if you’re up for a weekend getaway!


Book one of our incredible mini cruises to Northern Europe from Southampton or to the sunny Mediterranean. Whether you are cruising with your family or friends, this is the perfect way to escape and choose from a great variety of destinations such as Amsterdam, Zeebrugge, Barcelona, Marseille, Venice, Civitavecchia, and Santorini.


Our mini cruises are tailor-made to offer you the chance to explore multiple countries in a brief timeframe.

Whether you are looking for a cultural exploration, a romantic getaways or thrilling escapades, our itineraries will meet all your needs.

Below you will find our tips to make your mini cruise a perfect experience.

What are the benefits of a mini cruise?

Mini cruises have, in a relatively short space of time, become increasingly popular. There are numerous reasons for this, not least because they tick a lot of boxes for the ever increasing number of UK cruisers.
So, just what kind of advantages do mini cruises offer? Well, for starters, they address the squeeze that modern life places on our increasingly precious time. Busy schedules, flexible hours and varied work patterns often rule out traditional two or three week holidays, making mini cruises a distinctly viable option.
Also, for those lucky enough to be maximising multiple holiday experiences, a mini cruise can help squeeze that cheeky mini break between longer holidays – and after all, we all deserve an extra break!

Searching For The Perfect, Romantic Mini Break?

What is it about a cruise that lifts it above other more mundane forms of travel? It’s hard to pin down, but there’s no denying there’s something distinctly romantic about a cruise and, let’s be clear, mini cruises are no exception. You may be travelling on an ultra-modern cruise ship but the spectacular public rooms, easy-going luxury and slick service seem to evoke a bygone, rather glamorous era.

And, yes, you may have booked the briefest of mini cruises, but you’ll dine in spectacular style, enjoy top flight entertainment and, should the mood demand it, you’ll soon find yourself in a favourite bar or strolling the deck under the stars. As romantic breaks go, mini cruises are hard to beat.

Will A Mini Cruise Help Me Decide Whether I Enjoy Cruising?

Yes, indeed! If, like many, you’ve become ‘cruise curious’ then a mini cruise is the perfect ‘taster’ experience. You can immerse yourself completely in the cruise lifestyle both aboard and ashore and you’ll quickly get an idea as to whether mini cruises are your gateway to a longer cruise holiday.

Will I Really Save Money With Mini Cruise Deals?

Mini cruises are also a great way to budget, shorter cruises mean both lower fares after all and, provided you don’t decide to really push the boat out, a lower on board spend too. You might also be curious as to whether the most luxurious cabins are really worth the extra money, so why not make mini cruises a test case by booking that MSC Yacht Club Suite for a few days of the ultimate pampering?

What About Mini Cruises From The UK?

Mini cruises from the UK offer the ultimate in hassle-free short breaks. No airport, no flight delay, just an anticipation-filled journey to meet your ship and begin your voyage. As with all mini cruises once you’re aboard the fun begins and doesn’t let up until you disembark. Please note: mini cruises from the UK are subject to availability and depend on the cruise programme and operational considerations of the current year.

Mini Cruises - Short breaks that feel like a proper holiday

Mini cruises are everything a proper cruise should be; slightly indulgent with more than a dash of glamour and choc-full of things to do around the clock. If you’re looking for a short break that feels like a much longer holiday then contact us or go online for details of our mini cruise deals today. You’ll discover that it really is true about good things coming in small packages.

Terms and conditions

The ‘Cruise into Summer24’ and ‘Cruise into Summer24 w Drinks’ rates are valid on new bookings only made from July 2023 to the 5th of December 2023 on selected Summer 2024 sailings. Prices are per person based on double occupancy. The rates are subject to change and may vary without notice.


This offer is subject to availability and confirmation by MSC Cruises and can be withdrawn at any time without notice. 3rd and 4th berth adult guests pay the usual applicable rate It is only combinable with the Healthcare discount, the MSC Voyagers Club discount and Promo target (Tandem, All in One, Honeymoon, Senior and Young). It excludes any other offer or MSC Discounts and/or Future Cruise Consultant Vouchers unless otherwise stated on ad-hoc promotional material.


The Healthcare discount is valid for all Destinations (MSC WORLD CRUISES excluded) and it is subject to availability at the moment of the reservation. Guests travelling on different Experiences will be subject to restrictions on dining arrangements.


During the Summer 2024, for sailings included, the promotion will be visible on the reservation system at the time of the booking under the ‘Cruise into Summer24’ and ‘Cruise into Summer24 w Drinks’ price descriptions.


Only bookings taken under the ‘Cruise into Summer24 w Drinks’ price descriptions will receive the Premium Extra Drinks Package. The Premium Extra Drinks Package allows the guests to enjoy whilst on board, unlimited consumption of all drinks priced up to €13. Other conditions & terms may apply. Beverages and liquors may be substituted based on availability and itinerary. Flights and any other add-ons will be available at the current selling rates, payable by all guests under the same booking. Single Supplement can vary, up 100%. Flights and any add-ons (gratuities, travel insurance, shore excursions and any other item of a personal nature) will be at the current selling rates, payable by all passengers under the same booking and subject to availability, unless clearly stated in the offer.


For more information please read our Booking Terms and Conditions.