As stated earlier this month, short cruises are not only available in the upscale market of cruising. They have actually been most popular with the large cruise lines for many years now. With demands constantly increasing.
Within Europe, especially the British have always been very active on short ocean travel. So it comes at no surprise, that these briefs are particularly run by operators such as P&O Cruises, Thomson or CMV (Cruise & Maritime Voyages). Just like the conventional afternoon tea, short cruises form an integral part of the British cruise tradition in Europe. A well-kept secret for decades!
But with time, the pleasures and advantages of this sort of leisure travel have been discovered by other cultures as well. Notably by the cost conscious Germans. The “Krauts”, as even I call ourselves sometimes, catch up quickly.
But these are tiny numbers compared to the outlook for 2015, as stated by the European Cruise Council (CLIA).
So check your calendars now, folks, and start planning! Mini cruises book up fast and are loads of fun. Wherever you search amusement, distraction or relaxation.
To me, they represent the perfect reward to one´s self. That is why I try to do at least one every two or three months. And since they are so affordable, sometimes even one in two consecutive months. And I cannot wait to get onto my next one this April. I have always dreamed of sailing into the port of Venice, Italy, on the Canale Grande. Like the Stockholm Archipelago, this is a must-do for every cruise traveler to mark off his/her checklist.
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And to make your own intense moments at sea, check out these fantastic opportunities available this year. I have accidentally left out some well-known operators, as their interest in promoting their products on my social media channels is very much upgradable.
Mini Cruises from Stockholm
Mini Cruise from Kiel, Germany to Oslo, Norway (one-way or return)
CRUISE & MARITIME VOYAGES
Short Breaks 2015
FRED OLSEN CRUISE LINE
April – December 2015
2 to 5 nights
3 nights from Southampton, April 2015
Please note, that some cruises may not be bookable or viewable to every country. Restrictions may apply. For further information, please contact the cruise line.