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A short break cruise is a fantastic way to dip your toes in - or to de-stress from a busy schedule! Choose one below.

Perfect for first timers, those with busy schedules and anyone just needing a quick getaway, short break or weekend cruises are increasingly popular amongst Aussie cruisers. They provide a mini holiday which fits into a long weekend, requiring little time off work and a much smaller financial commitment than a lengthy voyage.

Get a taste with a weekend cruise

If you haven't cruised before - or haven't cruised on a particular line before - a taster weekend cruise of two, three or four days is hugely helpful in deciding whether it's something you'd do again. All the elements are there: sailaway parties, cocktails by the pool, organised activities, evening shows and the many other aspects that cruise lovers adore. Some will even include a port stop at a not-too-distant destination.

This means you can give it a try, without taking too much time off work - and you're likely to come back wanting more! The worst part of a short break cruise is how fast the end comes around.

Squeeze in a mid-week mini cruise

Sometimes life just gets a little busy, and we need to decompress but don't have time for a lengthy holiday. A quick 2-4 night cruise is just the ticket in this situation! A short cruise holiday might not seem like much of one at all, but the nature of a cruise allows for total relaxation even in a short timespan. There is nothing to do beyond exactly what you want, when you want. Participate in activities and enjoy the entertainment or lie by the pool all day - it's up to you! No dishes, no cooking and no housework whatsoever mean that you can unwind rather speedily!

Worried about finding one which works? They come in many different forms, from themed round trips to one-way hops between port cities, and depart from a variety of places around the country. Whatever your schedule limitations, there will be a short break cruise which fits the bill.

Short cruise options from Australia

As mentioned above, the options for short cruises from Australia are wide and numerous. As the concept becomes ever more popular, lines are offering more and more short itineraries of different kinds to cater to everyone.

P&O Australia has always been on top of the mini cruise game, with themed 3-night voyages and 4-night hops to domestic ports like Moreton Island and Eden gracing their itinerary lists. Carnival Cruises has many "Short Coastal Cruises" available, and both of these lines have ships based here year-round, so you can snap up a weekend cruise deal even in winter.

Also getting in on the short cruise action Down Under are Royal Caribbean and Princess, with various 3 and 4 night offerings. Find out more with our short break cruises blog post!

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