Taster Cruises from £249


It is Travel Tuesday again, and we want to talk to you about cruising. Have you ever been on a cruise? If not, you may wonder what it is like – and one of the most asked questions is ‘Will I get sea sick?’ Well, why not try one of many taster cruises from £249?

Mummy has been on a few of these, and says they are a brilliant way to see if cruising is for you. Usually one or two nights, sailing from Southampton, you really get the full experience of parking and checking in at the port, embarking the ship, and having the big sail off. And none of the hassle, extra charges or luggage size and weight restrictions of flying.

Taster Cruises from £249

The first night sees a full dining experience, where you can dress up a much as you want. Some will wear full dinner suits and gowns, or you can dress less formally. Enjoy the entertainment after your meal, and finish off with a dance, or a little flutter in the casino.

Wake up at the next port – that is the best thing about cruising, you have fun whilst you are travelling! Enjoy breakfast over looking the port, or a seaview.

You can choose to just stay on board for the trip, or you may decide to explore the port(s) you arrive in. Mummy has been to Zeebrugge where she caught the train into Bruges.

If you do stay on board you could choose an activity or a spa treatment, or just relax by the pool. Curl up with a book in a cosy corner, or visit the gym. There is so much to do, you will always find something – as well as eating!

We have searched around for you to bring together some great taster cruises available this year. You really can cruise from £249, and with accommodation, food and all entertainment included, cruising is great value for money.

Taster Cruises from £249 (2)

P&O Cruises – 2 nights. Southampton to Zeebrugge from £249 pp 16 February 2016 – The ship is the Ventura which is family friendly.

Princess Cruises – 3 nights. Southampton to Guernsey from £249pp 23 April 2016 – The ship is The Emerald Princess which is family friendly. Mummy went on board another Princess cruise ship The Royal Princess last year.

Royal Caribbean – 3 nights. Southampton to Zeebrugge and Normandy from £299pp 23 October 2016 – The ship is the Independence of the Seas which is family friendly.

There are lots more cruise lines offering all sorts of cruises, but these are three of the best we have found. What do you think, are you tempted?

Oh, and don’t worry about getting sea sick, these ships are so huge that you barely know you are even on a ship. My Nan suffers terrible travel sickness and has cruised a few times with no problems at all 😉



  1. I had never cruised before November and would love to do a full one now. Me and the teen had a fab time.
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  2. I’ve never heard of these short cruises before, but they sound fantastic. It’s definitely going on the “to do” list!

  3. We have bever been on a cruise before but definitely simething we want to do in the future. I love the look of the mini cruises to see how Lucas is with them before spending more money x
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  4. I worked on cruise ships for three years as Shore Excursions Mgr, it was an incredible experience:) Like you, I would definitely recommend a short cruise as an ideal way of literally testing the waters! Crew/officers used to love the Zeebrugge weekend cruises as the passengers always boarded the ship ready for a good time! The three cruises you have selected above offer excellent value for money especially as they will include fantastic entertainment as well as accommodation (and most probably food?)
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  5. We’ve heard of the Ventura before. We must really go on a cruise soon as we live near to Southampton! 🙂 It sounds wonderful and the stops look good too!
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  6. This is awesome, I want to go on a cruise this year and a taster cruise is right up my alley
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  7. I have been on a ferry before but never a cruise. Because I get so sick it is not a viable concept for me but I like that they are shorter than the norm!
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  8. The nearest ive got to a cruise is an overnight ferry to Zebrugge which is nowhere near as glamourous as this is.

  9. Nope — sadly boats and I are not friends!! I wish were were because I’d blooming love to go whale watching!! I think I may have to wait for another life before I can be persuaded to go on a boat!! 🙂
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  10. I would really lovely to go on a cruise, my ideal one would be to Scandinavia – I love the idea of these short cruises and great value too!
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  11. I didn’t know you could get such cruises, they sound like great value and the fact that they are family friendly is also brilliant – will have to consider these in the future 🙂
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  12. My Husband is a travel counsellor and sells lots of cruises, sounds like you have been on a fair few, I have only been once but loved it, especially the food!

  13. I’ve never considered a cruise before as always think they are very expensive. These ones you’ve found seem very good value for money though x
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  14. I have to admit I love watching the cruise ships come into port in Southampton as can watch from my Dad;s lounge window but never set foot on one
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  15. I LOVE the idea of a cruise, i just couldn’t bring myself to do one though. Im so scared of feeling sick on the boat.
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  16. That’s such a bargain price. I’ve never been on a cruise athough I would like to try one.
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  17. I would definitely be tempted by these. I went on board a Royal Caribbean ship for the day, and was impressed. So much delicious food and fun activities on offer!
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