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Is a Short Cruise Right For You? 5 Reasons to Consider Booking One

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As hard as it is to believe, it wasn’t all that long ago that you could jump on a ship and do an overnight “cruise to nowhere” from various ports around the country.

While those are a thing of the past here in the U.S., it is still possible to enjoy a full cruise experience without taking a week or more off work thanks to the shorter voyages which are becoming increasingly popular.

Several cruise lines are currently offering a variety of three and four-night cruises, many of which include visits to private islands.

For example, I recently completed a four-night sailing on the Disney Fantasy (which you can read about here) and Celebrity Cruises is running a special on short trips aboard some of their most popular ships, including the brand new Celebrity Apex.

5 Reasons to Take a Short Cruise

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Disney Fantasy

But is a short cruise really worth taking? If you’re not convinced, read on and see why you may want to consider one. After all, we could all use a little vacation after being cooped up dreaming about cruising since early 2020.

1. It’s the Perfect Introduction to Cruising

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Ships lining the pier at PortMiami

Whether you or someone in your party is nervous that they might not like cruising — hard as that is for many of us to imagine — a three- or four-night sailing gives them the perfect opportunity to give it a try without committing to an extended trip. (Of course, once they see what they’ve been missing, we suspect they’ll immediately book a longer voyage!)

2. Maximum Fun, Minimum Time Investment

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The Lido Deck pool on a Carnival Fantasy-class ship

Hey, no matter how badly we might want to, we can’t always get away for a week or more. But there’s always a way to squeeze in a vacation that takes place over a long weekend, right? Throw a few things in a suitcase, head to the pier, and leave your real-world worries sitting on the dock. Trust us, they’ll be waiting for you when you get back!

READ MORE: Southern vs. Eastern Caribbean Cruise: What’s The Difference?

3. You Can’t Beat the Price

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Celebrity Summit (Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)

Sure, you could go and stay in a hotel for a few days, but think about all the things that won’t be included in the price. With a cruise, you’ve got your meals, entertainment, and more covered. And if you should decide to try something like a specialty restaurant, the per-person price of a high seas steakhouse is a whole lot cheaper than one you’ll find on land.

For example, Celebrity has a late-October four-night sailing on the Summit out of Miami starting at $271 per person.

4. The Ultimate Date Night(s)

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Butcher’s Cut Steakhouse on MSC Seashore (Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises)

Need a few days away with the one you love? Whether it’s sipping cocktails while watching the sun set or getting massages on adjoining tables in the spa, there are a whole lot of ways to crank up the romance while sailing, along with a change of scenery as a beautiful bonus.

5. The More, The Merrier

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A Miami sail away is always picture perfect

Traveling with friends can be awesome… but trying to schedule a week when you can all get away at the same time can be stressful as heck. But when you’re dealing with three or four days, things get a whole lot simpler.

Plus, there’s so much to do (or not do, as the mood strikes you) on a ship that everyone — including that cranky friend who kinda hates everything (we all have one) — will find something on board they enjoy.

READ NEXT: 9 Best Destinations For Family Cruises

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