The best short cruises with friends

A mini cruise vacation with a group of good friends is a perfect way to catch up and reconnect. A getaway where you have endless fun and good food is a great way to leave your normal everyday behind and recharge your batteries.

If you are looking for the best short cruises with friends, you most likely will looking for and exciting cruise ship with awesome facilities and activities, or even perhaps a themed cruise.

By choosing to sail from a local port, then you can save money by driving and parking at the port, rather than booking expensive flights. If not, then look for flights late evening or early morning which are often cheaper. Then stay at a reasonably priced hotel in shared rooms for one or two nights before your cruise starts. This way much of your budget can be used towards choosing a great cruise ship.

Accommodation on board the cruise ship

When choosing your cabin, an inside cabin with no window keep the cost down if you are on a tight budget, however most cruise guests that travel with a group of friends are more likely to choose a balcony cabin.

And not only that, they will aim for cabins that have connecting doors or sometimes suites This way you can move freely between cabins and use the balcony for those pre-dinner get togethers.

Which cruise line, and which ship?

Here is what cruise guests say they want on a cruise the most when travelling with friends:

  • Relaxation and spa & wellness facilities on board
  • Outstanding food with plenty of choice
  • High quality entertainment
  • Adventure, sightseeing and shopping for souvenirs in port

It’s not always easy to pick the right cruise, especially if you are a first time cruiser. So we have put together the mini-cruise vacations which we feel suit this criteria the best. Choose the one that suits you, get some price quotes from the cruise lines, and pack your suitcase. There is nothing more fun than planning with friends.

Royal Caribbean – 4 night Western Caribbean Cruise on board Adventure of the Seas

This classic short cruise leaving from Galveston, Texas is a firm favorite for a short cruise. There is just one port of call, in Cozumel Mexico, and 2 full seas days. Adventure of the Seas is one of our favorite ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet. There is plenty to do, great relaxation areas and top class entertainment.

Cozumel can either be your beach destination where you can snorkel the reefs or go diving in the clear sea ocean. Alternatively enjoy a shore excursion offering a culture-rich day exploring the Maya ruins of Tulum with a knowledgeable guide.

Norwegian Cruise Line – 3 night Bahamas Cruise from Miami on board Norwegian Sky

It’s hard to beat a weekend away in the Bahamas with friends. And on this cruise you sail on the completely refurbished Norwegian Sky with stops in Grand Bahama Island and in Great Stirrup Cay. ‘If you love water sports and beach life, you’ll love these destinations.

Great Stirrup Cay is Norwegians own private island. If you have the budget, splash out and rent a cabana on the beach for you and your friends. Then try something fun and new that you have never done before, such as kayaking or ziplining.

Carnival Cruise Line – 3 night Baja Mexico Cruise from Los Angeles on board Carnival Radiance

If your get-away with friends is too let your hair down and dance the night away, look no further than Carnival Cruise Line. Long known as the party cruise line, you will find their cruises loud and lively. Indeed Carnival offer some of the best short cruises with friends you will find.

Be prepared to join in the fun. Don’t worry, if you need to escape there are some areas on board for rest and relaxation too.

This cruise which departs for the port in Long Beach, takes you to the ports of Catalina Island and Enseneda, which is beautifully located in Todos Santos Bay, just south of the international border in Mexico.

Catalina Island is not far from the coast of California, and is known for it’s diving, snorkeling and wildlife. It’s a fantastic place to visit, relax and get a taste of island living. Search for high adrenaline adventure such as paragliding, zip lining or diving, or relax on a jeep tour or on the beautiful white sand beaches.

For more ideas on how to spend your day here without the need to spend on cruise line shore excursions, research your options here.

MSC Cruises – 4 night Caribbean & Antilles Cruise from Miami on board MSC Divina

Known for being a value-for-money cruise company, the Italian cruise giant MSC Cruises offer a short cruise on board their beautiful and popular ship MSC Divina. Divina sails out of Port Canaveral in Florida and you can combine this cruise with a visit to the theme parks in Orlando first if you really want your whole friends-vacation to scream fun.

From Port Canaveral, you have 2 ports of call: Nassau and Ocean Cay Marine Reserve, which is MSC’s superb private island.

Meet the author: With more than 20 years experience from the travel industry, Mattias offers tips, expert advice and a unique perspective anchored in having worked with market leading cruise lines, tour operators, consolidators, airlines and hospitality suppliers. Read more..