Short Break holidays

Sampling a holiday with us has never been easier with a Short Break. Explore a new ship and dip your toe into colourful destinations.

Where can a Short Break take you?

Our Short Breaks take you to Europe and visit the wonderful countries of Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France and Guernsey.



Time to shake up the routine? Set sail on a mini cruise.


Top things to do on a city break in Europe

Explore Amsterdam by bicycle

Amsterdam is often rated as one of the world's most bike-friendly cities thanks to its many cycling routes and its flat, compact landscape. So, if you’re looking to explore authentically, hop on two wheels like the locals do and admire the leafy canal-ways, vibrant culture and traditional architecture all around.

Discover cutting-edge design in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a city of modern masterpieces. The famed yellow 'Cube Houses' are one of the many things worth exploring here. The architect, Piet Blom, intended the houses to feel like an urban forest, with each slanted yellow 'tree house' sitting on top of the pedestrian bridge. Step inside for a feel of life on the edge!

Satisfy your sweet tooth in Bruges

Bruges is one of Europe’s top spots for treating your taste buds. Stroll through the historic heart of the city and you’ll soon be tempted by dazzling chocolate shop window displays. Fancy something a little more filling? Follow the sweet aromas of traditional shortbread cookies and lip-smacking Belgian waffles wafting from the bakeries and food stalls.


A Short Break of 3 to 5 nights is the perfect reset in our busy lives today.


Visit the enchanting Mont-Saint-Michel from Cherbourg

Cherbourg is a hub of beautiful art museums, ornate churches and fascinating history. Travel a little further afield and you can wonder at the magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel. Rising from the islet, the ancient Gothic-style Benedictine abbey and the village that surrounds it is an unmissable UNESCO-listed site.

Experience a mix of ancient and modern in Hamburg

Developed in the Middle Ages, this maritime port city is awash with historical treasures and contemporary attractions alike. Set your eyes on UNESCO-listed Speicherstadt, the largest warehouse district in the world. Marvel at the gigantic red-brick Gothic buildings, then perhaps take a leisurely stroll to the Elbphilharmonie, a spectacular, modern concert hall.

Kayak the Channel Islands

Join a guided kayak tour, taking you to the pretty sheltered bays and tucked-away coves only accessible by sea. Paddle along the coast while your guides share their knowledge of the environment, history and wildlife of Guernsey – the perfect way to take in the scenery of this beautiful island.

There's plenty to do, whether you decide to explore ashore by yourself or pay a little extra for a shore experience.


Short breaks, lifelong memories.


Good to know

Sail from Southampton

Short Break cruise holidays depart from Southampton terminal.


Our Short Break cruise holidays are from 3-5 nights.

Time of year

Our Short Break cruise holidays are from April to December.

Best for...

Historical towns, museums, exploring nightlife.

Short Break shore experiences

For a little bit extra, you can take part in a range of fun activities with experienced and informative guides by your side.

Our digital port guides

You'll have local recommendations at your fingertips thanks to our new digital port guides (sent by email before your holiday). They're packed full of information and tips for all of the destinations on your itinerary, including local cafes, bars and restaurants – saving you time researching before you go!


City breaks like never before.


Soak up the local nightlife with evenings and overnight stays in port

With evening and overnight stays in port, you can make the most of wherever you are on your Short Break holiday. Get cosy (or 'gezellig' as they say in the Netherlands) and soak in the low lighting, serene atmosphere and good beer – the perfect blend for a relaxing evening.

Articles: Read up on Short Break destinations

Read up about the destinations we visit on Short Break holidays.

How to spend a day in Amsterdam

From morning to night, Amsterdam rocks around the clock. Read on for our top tips on how to spend a day in this spellbinding city.

Five fabulous Short Break destinations for friends

Taking a few days to relax, explore and experience something new with your pals by your side is a recipe for lifelong memories.

Amsterdam is a shopper's dream

From antiques and exclusive boutiques to vintage clothes and other curiosities, a trip to Amsterdam is a shopper’s dream.

Recommended ships for Short Breaks

Britannia and Ventura are the best ships to help you get the most out of your first Short Break holiday. With friendly atmospheres matching those of the ports you'll visit, and so much to do on board, these ships are sure to complement your Short Break holiday perfectly.

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Short Break holidays