We never have to ask “Should I go on a cruise?” as we are always ready to take a trip. That is why recently, we took advantage of a great offer on a three day Bahamas cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas.
While we have been on many cruises, we had never done such a short sailing before. How would it compare to other cruises?
Our answer? A short cruise is definitely a good representation of what a cruise has to offer. However, while many of the things we generally enjoy about cruising were still available on this trip, there were some differences.
So, if you are contemplating whether or not a cruise is right for your next vacation, a short cruise might be the best option to test the waters.
Enchantment of the Seas was our first 3 Day Bahamas Cruise. It won’t be our last!
But first, before you run to a travel agent to book your cruise, here are some of the pros and cons of a short sailing.
Should I Go on a Cruise?
Pros and Cons of a Short Cruise
Pro – You do not need to use up too much vacation time, as these sailings last only a few days. For our Enchantment of the Seas cruise, we only used two vacation days.
Con – You may still need to fly or drive depending on your location, which could add extra travel days, so be sure to factor in travel to and from the port when planing your vacation.
Pro- You will not invest too much time if you do not end up liking the cruise, and you can always book another one while onboard if you become hooked!
Con- You might walk away from this short cruise wanting more. After all the planning, packing, and traveling to the port, three days might seem like too short of a vacation.
Port Canaveral is a popular cruise port for both short and long cruises.
Pro- If you time things right, you can get a great deal on these short cruises. Cruise lines need to fill these ships every few days, so they do run sales and promotions frequently.
Con – If you do not have flexible vacation time or need to plan around school breaks, then the per day pricing for a short cruise will be on par to other cruises of longer length.
Pro – You have the ability to test out a new cruise line with low stakes. Most major cruise lines now offer at least one or two ships that routinely do short sailings, so even if you are a cruiser, a short cruise might be just the ticket you need to try something new.
Con – Ships doing short cruises tend not to be the newest ships in the fleet, so they may not have all the bells and whistles. Although, cruise companies do regularly upgrade these ships to feature newer shows, restaurants, and amenities.
Even newer ships might offer a select number of short sampler cruises.
Pro – Most cruise ships doing short cruises are mid-sized ships, which offer a nice mix of venues, activities, and public spaces. You probably won’t be overwhelmed by the size, but you won’t feel trapped either.
Con – You have less choice in ship class on a short cruise. If you had your heart set on trying a small, intimate cruise ship or one of the mega-ships, finding a short cruise that matches a specific wishlist might be difficult.
Pro – Short cruises include most of the same daily activities, entertainment, and dining that you would find on a longer cruise.
Short Cruises Have Great Shows, Great Food, and Plenty of Entertainment.
Con – So much is offered in such a short amount of time that you may not get to do and see it all. Of course, with a little planning, you can do and see as much or as little as you want. It is your vacation after all!
Pro – Most cruise lines offer drink packages, even on short sailings, so you can pay one price and have an all-inclusive experience. This also helps you plan your budget so you know the total cost of the trip up front.
Con – We did notice that more travelers than average had drink packages on our short cruise. This meant that the lines at the bars were longer than normal. If you like a cocktail or two when on vacation, expect to wait a bit longer to get your drink on a short cruise.
The bars on a short cruise only looked like this when they were closed.
Pro – Most short cruises go to popular ports of call like the Bahamas or Cozumel giving you the opportunity to partake in plenty of land-based fun and adventure if you wish to go ashore.
Con – Most short cruises have similar itineraries, so if there is a particular island or destination you want to visit, a short cruise may not be the best way to get you there.
You can still visit some great places on a short cruise!
So now that you have a better sense of what a short cruise entails, you can weigh the pros and cons to decide if one is right for you. We had a fabulous time on our 3 day Bahamas cruise and would definitely do it all over again! Week long cruises are great, but sometimes a quick getaway might be all you need to recharge your batteries…and give you your cruise fix!
Ultimately, only you can answer the question “Should I go on a Cruise?“. We believe there is a perfect cruise vacation out there for everyone-a short cruise may or may not be the right fit for you!
Have you taken a short cruise? Drop us an anchor below to share your pros and cons of a short cruise. Help fellow travelers decide if one of these sailings is right for them.