Many timeshare owners are choosing a cruise as their preferred holiday these days – particularly for special occasion celebrations like a landmark wedding anniversary or rare family reunion.
But if you have timeshare points you can use towards a cruise – and not a lot of time – the new, shorter cruises currently on offer are proving a popular solution.
These two to four-day breaks are perfect for those who like short city breaks, or want to check out a new experience.
For those wanting to hop aboard, here are some current examples of the most popular short cruises to choose from in guaranteed winter sun destinations as well as closer to home, for the coming season:
Royal Caribbean International offers plenty of short cruises all year round from four beautiful Florida destinations. Every Monday and Friday, you can set sail on a three or four-night Bahamas getaway aboard Majesty of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas from Miami and Port Canaveral.
From November until April, you can also opt for a four and five-night Western Caribbean cruise aboard Liberty of the Seas from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale and Brilliance of the Seas from Tampa.
Or enjoy luxurious, Italian-style cruising on MSC Cruises‘ MSC Divina, with a four-day Bahamas cruise from Miami, or experience Celebrity Cruises‘ “Modern Luxury” on a four-day cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau and Key West.
Princess Cruises gives holidaymakers the chance to enjoy three-day West Coast Getaway cruises from Los Angeles to Ensenada on the Golden Princess or Crown Princess.
Carnival Cruise Lines make the ideal escape, with three or four-day Bahamas, Caribbean or Mexico cruises from Miami, Port Canaveral, Jacksonville, Tampa, New Orleans, Galveston and Long Beach, Calif.
Dubbed as the “Fun Ship” line, they also offer short New England cruises from New York and a romantic sail from Long Beach in December or January.
Cunard‘s Queen Mary 2 often offers longer itineraries, although a four-day mini cruise leaves Southampton on November 26 heading for Le Havre, France and Zeebrugge (for Bruges), Belgium.
Finally, Holland America Line offers a four-day Pacific Coastal cruise on the Westerdam in April, taking you up the coast from San Diego to Vancouver.
Timeshare owners with points can sometimes use their points towards cruise holidays. Club La Costa World Travel, for example, has a dedicated cruise specialist “on board” to help its members choose the right cruise from an extensive portfolio of holiday options.
Closer to home, CLC World Travel also offers mini Christmas Market cruises of 2 to 4 nights – a magical way to take in the sparkling lights and Christmas treats at the festive markets in Holland and Belgium.