If you dream of a quick break that will really take you away from it all, take a look at short cruises. Two or three days on a cruise ship isn’t a lot of time, but it can provide lots of fun and relaxation. Plus, a short cruise is a great option if you have a small vacation budget, limited vacation time, or you haven’t cruised before and want to find out how much you like it. You can also combine a short cruise with some extra time in a port city, giving you two vacation experiences in one.
Several cruise lines offer two- or three-day cruises from a
variety of ports. Let’s look at some of the places you can go.
From Florida ports like Cape Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale, or
Miami, you can board a ship for a short cruise to Key West; Nassau, the capital of
The Bahamas; or, a visit to a cruise line’s private island (there are several
in The Bahamas). A day on a cruise line’s private island is delightful and much
like a visit to an exclusive beach club: there are no crowds, just sand, sun,
shaded loungers, beachy fun, and delicious food.
From Los Angeles or San Diego, you can take a short cruise
to Ensenada, Mexico. Tour the historic city, go wine tasting in the Valle de
Guadalupe, visit the La Bufadora marine geyser, or paddle a kayak near adorable
Some short cruises sail along the scenic West Coast between
Seattle and San Francisco or Vancouver. All three cities are full of wonderful
attractions, such as Vancouver’s Gastown neighborhood, Seattle’s Pike Place
Market, and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Some short itineraries to
Vancouver also call on Victoria, the beautiful capital of British Columbia.
When you choose a quick but refreshing cruise, be aware
that cruise lines tend to assign smaller, older ships to these routes. The
ships are still lovely and comfortable, but if you’re looking for the latest
onboard entertainment and dining options, you may not find them on a two- or
Also, short cruises tend to attract younger passengers,
including families with kids, who appreciate the affordability. This often
creates a fun and lively atmosphere onboard; but if you tire of the party, you
can always find a quiet corner or relax in your cabin for a while.
For more ideas and details about short cruises, talk with Anita,
your professional travel advisor.
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