Short Breaks, lifelong memories

Short break cruises from Southampton

Escape, relaxation, discovery, marking an occasion with family and friends – whatever brings you on board for a short cruise, it’s all about making the most of every moment.

Whether you’re joining us as a couple or a group, your holiday is more enjoyable when it’s enjoyable for everyone. Your time on board should feel special. That’s why the Gala Dinner is strictly Black Tie (just like a longer cruise). Service is second-to-none. And celebrations are always sophisticated. Lots of little touches set the tone so you experience the good life on every mini cruise holiday.

A selection of short cruises

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Why pick a short break?

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Which destinations can I explore on a mini cruise?

Here’s a flavour of some of the fantastic places you can visit on one of our Short Breaks. And don’t forget, we offer a wide range of exciting shore excursions at almost every port of call.

The square in Bruges


Bicycles in Amsterdam


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St Peter Port


Le Havre

Le Havre



Watch our Food Hero Eric Lanlard on his short break to Bruges


Experiencing a short break to Bruges


Food Hero Eric Lanlard and his friends experienced a short break cruise to Bruges on Azura. It was the perfect opportunity for them to get a feel for life at sea and how it offers a relaxing way to explore exciting destinations.

What types of people go on cruises?

There’s no typical P&O Cruises guest. We meet people from all walks of life, families, groups, couples and solo travellers. Everyone shares a love of new experiences, a friendly atmosphere and a sense of occasion.

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What's included in your cruise

Our Short Breaks offer so much as standard

Food - full board
Luxury accommodation
Spectacular entertainment
Children's clubs
Pools & relaxation
Sports deck
Dance classes
Shuttle buses in port*

Useful information

Code of Conduct

How does tipping work?

Rewarding good service is simple

While you're with us, you'll be looked after by many members of our crew. We make it easy for you to say 'thank you' for all the service you receive. With our Service Reward Programme, a discretionary daily amount of £7.00* is added to your on-board account for each guest aged 12 and over. This helps reward the waiters and buffet staff as well as your cabin steward or butler, who greatly appreciate your recognition of their hard work.

It means you can enjoy the service you receive, knowing the tip has been taken care of.

If you want to personally recognise a crew member, you can nominate them for our Outstanding Service Award. So, if someone goes the extra mile for you, use the nomination cards at Reception to let us know. It’s an opportunity for crew members to gain recognition they deserve, as well as prizes and a cash award.

*A service charge of £6 per guest per day will be chargeable to cruises departing before the 22 March 2018. For cruises departing the 23 March and thereafter, the charge will be £7 per guest per day.

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