If you’re under the perception that cruise holidays are on the expensive side you may be surprised to find that they are one of the most cost-effective holiday options available. Mini cruises especially have dramatically risen in popularity thanks to the wealth of on-board activities, entertainment and dining options included in the price.
Mini cruises are the ideal way to relax, take a short break, and explore new destinations. Most cruise lines have 2013 mini cruise options and this is a great way to find out if this is the right kind of holiday choice for you. It’s also a great way to spend a weekend or even four days on-board without breaking the bank.
Value for money mini cruising
If you are a first time cruiser then you can obtain a great insight into the value for money available when taking a mini cruise. For example, a three night, round trip cruise around the Bahamas from Miami can cost as little as $70 per night.
Your $70 per night includes shipboard accommodation, most meals, some beverages and most of the on-board entertainment, plus stops at CocoCay and Nassau to enjoy the amazing beaches and sightseeing options.
The on-board activities are definitely one of the highlights of a mini cruise and these activities beat sitting around a pool, although that option is available. Activities do vary depending on the size of the ship but most will have multiple swimming pools, casinos, shops, spa and Jacuzzi facilities, plus children’s clubs.
The larger ships boast cinemas, tennis courts, ice skating, rollerblading and even cinemas. Evening entertainment can include live music and dancing at the on-board bars and nightclubs.
You can even choose to get married on a mini cruise and hold the reception on-board, hosted by the Captain.
More holiday for your money
The price of mini cruises in 2013 isn’t expensive although you can spend a little more and enjoy luxury suites that are comparable to any first class hotel. The season in which you choose to cruise will also make a difference to the price as well as the destination and number of nights on board.
Mini cruises are hard to beat as a short break, low-cost holiday option. Almost everything you could want is included on-board plus you have the chance to visit exciting new destinations and enjoy off shore activities each time your ship docks. A mini cruise can lead to a whole new world of exciting cruise ship holidays in the future.
Image of Nassau by Trevor Haldenby used under creative commons licence
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