Let’s face it; there are times in life when you simply need a quick, short break from the normal, everyday routine, and you simply don’t have the time to take an extended trip. That being so, maybe a quick, three to five day cruise might just fit the bill.
Maybe you’re getting together a small group of friends for a reunion, or celebrating some landmark event that makes pushing the boat out (pun wholly intentional) seem like a grand idea. You want to put something together that is short on time, but high on style. Something truly memorable. Again, a short cruise might just be the very thing.
For sure, a short cruise means that you’re pretty damned limited as to where you can go, especially when sailing from a UK port. And not even the best salesman can make Cherbourg sound as alluring as, say Curacao. Plus, a lot of these trips tend to sail in the later months of the year, so the likelihood of getting good weather can be pretty low. If these are your main drivers, then you might be better off exploring other options.
That said, a short cruise still serves up more pros than cons in my experience. For me, a short cruise still wins out over a land stay in terms of style, price and inclusiveness every single time.
There’s also the welcome knowledge that you’re being cosseted in a safe, stress free environment; one in which your accommodation, food and entertainment have already been factored into the price. That leaves you free to simply indulge in all the fun stuff; drinking, dining, dancing, enjoying the shows and live music. Even for a few days, the world- if not quite your oyster- can seem like a pretty damned tasty prawn platter.
And there’s no denying that a short cruise sounds, indeed feels, almost wickedly self indulgent, too. It gifts you the luxury of time and space to reconnect with friends and family, in a way that the normal, hectic hugger mugger of everyday life often makes impractical.
Think of a short cruise as being like a really tasty box of chocolates; it isn’t going to last very long for sure, but just the memories alone will put a smile on your face long after you return to reality.
For Christmas shoppers, these short cruises are ideal, too. Many of them rock up at continental ports where traditional Christmas markets are a seasonal standard. And that in itself puts back the fun into Christmas shopping that is largely absent back at home these days.
Best of all, mind you, is the fact that you have gifted yourself with something truly special as a present, too. And-let’s face it- you’re worth it.