Shorter cruises are perfect for quick getaways or for anyone who may be short on vacation time from work. Cruise lines offer shorter cruises that can range anywhere from two to four days in length.
Most cruise lines have select cruise ships sailing three and four night cruises to the Bahamas. The three day cruises typically leave on Friday and come back on Monday. The four night cruises depart on Monday and arrive back on Friday.
Here is a look at the best cruise lines for short cruises.
Margaritaville at Sea
Margaritaville at Sea is the leader in short cruises and that’s all they actually offer. They offer two night cruises from the Port of Palm Beach that visit the Bahamas and they start at just $101 per person.
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These cruises are perfect for anyone that lives near South Florida and just wants a two night trip away. You can take one of the weekend cruises and not even miss a day of work.
Since rebranding from Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line to Margaritaville at Sea, the cruises are more fun than ever. I took a two night cruise last summer on Margaritaville at Sea and loved it. My wife and I were looking for a really quick getaway and it was the perfect short cruise.
It is a little more of a party atmosphere than most cruises but after all, it is Margaritaville at Sea.
Royal Caribbean is taking short cruises to a new level later this year when for the first time, they will have an Oasis class ship sailing the three and four night cruises to the Bahamas.
Allure of the Seas will homeport at Port Canaveral and the ship’s first four night cruise will take place on October 30, 2023. The four night cruises will visit Nassau and the cruise line’s award winning private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay. They will also have one sea day.
The three day cruises will visit the same ports but not have a sea day. Select cruises will only visit the private island.
The Oasis class cruise ships are currently the largest in the world and having one of them sailing the short cruises to the Bahamas will let even those with short vacation time experience one of these amazing ships. View Prices on Allure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean also offers short cruises on other ships. Those from the West Coast can sail on the popular Amplified ship, Navigator of the Seas, starting at just $190 per person.
Other Royal Caribbean cruise ships that sail on short cruises to the Bahamas include Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Independence of the Seas.
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From Texas, Mariner of the Seas offers four night cruises to Cozumel, Mexico. View Prices on Royal Caribbean Cruises
If you’re looking for a short cruise without any kids, then the adults only Virgin Voyages is just for you. Sailing from Miami, their first cruise ship, Scarlet Lady, sails four night cruises to the Bahamas. It’s the cruise line’s Fire and Sunset Soirees sailing.
The four night cruises visit Key West and their private resort destination in the Bahamas, the Beach Club at Bimini.
Cruises on Virgin also won’t nickel and dime you as the following is included in all cruise fares: gratuities, WiFi, ALL dining, and basic beverages. View Prices on Virgin
Disney Cruise Line
For those who want a little Disney magic, Disney will offer three and four night cruises from Miami on their ship, Disney Magic. The cruises will take place in August and September 2023 before the ship repositions.
All of these cruises will visit Disney’s slice of paradise in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.
Disney also offers short cruises from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and San Diego.
For those who want to cruise on Disney Cruise Line’s newest cruise ship, Disney Wish, the ship will be offering three and four night cruises to the Bahamas from now until through the end of May 2024. View Prices on Cruises on Disney Wish
Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line offers one of the widest variety of short cruises available. Combine that with their budget friendly prices, they are a cruise line to consider when wanting to take a short cruise.
Carnival’s four night cruises start at just $166 for a trip on Carnival Conquest from Miami. The cruise ship offers the lower rates out of all ships sailing the three and four night vacations.
The cruise line also offers short cruises from Port Canaveral, Jacksonville, Tampa, New Orleans and Long Beach.
Carnival cruise ships that sail these quick getaways are Carnival Conquest, Carnival Glory, Carnival Radiance, Carnival Sunrise, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Elation, Carnival Paradise, and Carnival Vista. View Lowest Prices on Carnival Cruises
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The world’s fastest growing cruise line, MSC sails three and four night cruises on MSC Seaside from Port Canaveral. Later this year, the cruise line will be moving MSC Seashore to the port for these voyages. The cruises offer budget friendly options with the sailings starting at just $139 per person.
All of these cruises visit the cruise line’s marine reserve in the Bahamas, Ocean Cay. View Prices on Cruises on MSC Seashore
All prices listed in this article were verified at the time of press but are subject to change based on supply and demand. They also are just for the cruise fare and do not include taxes/port fees.