Some Taster Cruises from Southampton

Taster cruises typically last anything from two to five nights, and are a cheap and time-efficient way of going on holiday without having to deal with to the stress of airports and flights. If you've never been on a cruise before, or if you have a limited budget, taster cruises are a great way to get a feel for ocean voyages.

Taster cruises from Southampton, the UK's largest cruise port, are amongst the most popular mini cruises available.

Ideal Cruising currently offer a range of taster cruises from the UK, and their cheapest current deal starts from £199. This voyage departs Southampton and heads to Zeebrugge for the delights of Flemish Belgium, and lasts two nights in total. The cruise is operated by P&O and uses the luxurious Ventura ship.

Thomas Cook's taster cruise options, meanwhile, including a tantalising trip to Paris from only £339 per person for an inside berth.

This trip departs from Southampton before heading across the channel to Le Havre, where free, quick transfers take you on into the centre of Paris. This mini-cruise lasts for three nights and is operated by Royal Caribbean on the Independence of the Seas ship, famed for its state-of-the-art facilities, including surfing simulator and boxing ring.

For something a little different, Cunard offer two night Party Cruises, a great way to mix travel and socialising. The Party Cruise deal leaves from Southampton and heads to Cherbourg in France on board the famous Queen Mary 2 ship. Prices for this deal start at £319 per person with a free $40 on board spending voucher to start off the festivities.

If you are thinking about taking a longer cruise, say, around the Caribbean for 12 nights, but are unsure how you will settle on a boat, or even if you are worried about sea-sickness, taster cruises will answer your questions without having to commit to a longer and more expensive vacation. Taster cruises from Southampton are the ideal way to gain your sea legs and find out if a longer cruise is right for you.

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