We never have to ask “Should I go on a cruise?” as we are always ready to take a trip. That is why we take advantage of these short three and four day Bahamas cruises as often as we can. Sailing on several short cruises including Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line, we are here to report how these short cruise compare to other cruises with our list of the pros and cons of a short cruise.
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 are still available on these trips, there are 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.
Pros and Cons of a Short Bahamas Cruise
Pro – You do not need to use up too much vacation time, as these sailings last only a few days. Many 3-day cruises run Friday to Monday, so you may not even need to use any vacation days if you have a flexible work schedule.
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 planning 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.
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, 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. Specifically, Royal Caribbean’s newly amplified Mariner of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas are now offering short Bahamas 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.
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 do notice that more travelers than average have drink packages on short cruises. This means that the lines at the bars can sometimes be long. The crowds on short cruises can be a bit rowdy too, as everyone is looking for a quick getaway to let loose.
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. Often times, you will also visit the cruise line’s private island for a day of fun in the sun, like the recently renovated Perfect Day at CocoCay.
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.
Now that you have a better sense of what these quick getaways entail, you can weigh the pros and cons of a short cruise to decide if one is right for you. 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! 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 Bahamas 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.