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The Best Destinations for a Family Mini Cruise

February 27, 2023


Have you considered taking a family mini cruise? At under 5 days away from it all you have the option to embrace cruise life without having to commit to a long-haul, especially if it is your first cruise.

With spring fast approaching, you’re probably starting to look forward to some sunshine. If you can’t bear to wait that long – and who would blame you?! – you may be thinking about booking a holiday where you can soak up the rays, relax on white sandy beaches, and have fun with your family.

However, when trying to decide where to go, it can be difficult to choose just one location. This is why a family mini cruise can be a great option, allowing you to visit multiple destinations without the hassle of arranging extra flights and hotels – simply enjoy excursions where everything has been arranged for you.

European destinations for a family mini cruise…

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The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands have long been a favourite with families. Boasting year-round sunshine, family-friendly beaches, traditional villages and water sports, it’s easy to understand why! Little volcanic islands, the Canaries also boast a variety of nature reserves packed with wildlife and nature trails. Furthermore, when you book a Canary Island cruise, you can enjoy all of the islands, from the popular Tenerife and Gran Canaria to the smaller islands of La Palma and El Hierro.

Belgium and the Netherlands

This may not be one of the areas that come to mind when you think of cruise destinations, but Belgium and the Netherlands can make for a great family break. Disembark at Bruges and Amsterdam, where you can enjoy pretty scenic squares, stroll along pretty river banks, visit a huge array of museums, or sample some famous Dutch food. Plus, as the closest destination to the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands are ideal if you’re looking for a shorter break.

Looking for a 5 day+ family cruise?

If you have either enjoyed a family mini cruise before or are simply looking for something a little longer or more exotic in your choices of destinations then why not take a look at the range of family cruises available to Mexico and the Caribbean?

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A great location for families, Mexico offers everything you could want from a holiday: sun, sand, culture and fantastic food. It’s also a great choice if you have older children, as Mexico is famous for its adrenaline-fuelled activities, from kayaking and scuba diving to caving and ziplining. Or if history is more your thing, then you certainly won’t be disappointed, as Mexico is packed with World Heritage Sites and ancient ruins.

The Caribbean

A popular choice for honeymooners, a Caribbean cruise is also a great option for families. Providing a laid-back holiday for a tranquil getaway, you can cruise through the Caribbean, stopping at St Lucia, Martinique and Barbados where you can enjoy peace and quiet on sandy shores, snorkel in crystal clear waters, or even go on a family hike where you can see beautiful waterfalls and diverse wildlife.

Hopefully, this has helped you to narrow down your list of destinations. So now you can book your last-minute getaway and enjoy your family mini cruise, wherever it may be. Just remember to pack the essentials!

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