Mini Cruises for the New Year

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Mini Cruises for the New Year
A New Year's mini cruise can be an ideal way to get the year started in the right direction. (cruise image by Einar Bog from

A mini cruise is often referred to as a short cruise. The mini cruise usually travels to destinations that are located nearby and can be reached round trip within seven or fewer days. New Year's is a celebrated time of the year when people look for a fresh start. New resolutions are made, vows of self-improvement, and just the idea of making life anew is a part of the New Year's tradition. Ringing in the New Year with a mini cruise is a memorable alternative to the bars and balls from where most people countdown to a new year.

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DFDS Seaways

Departing from the Port of Newcastle, guests will enjoy sailing upon the cruise ship M.S. King of Scandinavia, up to Amsterdam and return back to port. The cruise offers live entertainment, fine dining, drinks and a suite while you enjoy your trip. Your cruise takes you through an overnight travel of the North Sea where you arrive in Amsterdam for morning breakfast. The cruise line offers clients an optional sightseeing tour, or venture out on your own to see the Dutch capital. For New Year's, DFDS offers a gala dinner with a free bar, serving Champagne and almond cake at midnight. There is an optional sightseeing tour if you choose. The company is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and closed on Sunday.

Iglu Cruise

Igloo Cruises has a 3-day, 2-night cruise called the Taste of France. Departing on New Year's Eve, you will leave from the Port of Southampton, United Kingdom, and return to the same port. There is a stopover for a scheduled excursion just across the English Channel in Cherbourg, France. Home to the French Navy, Cherbourg offers passengers a glimpse at the famous La Cite De La Mer aquarium, home to a decommissioned nuclear submarine. Guests on board have access to a fitness centre, fine dining, a dance club with live entertainment and 24-hour room service.

Gold Crest Holidays

Departing on New Year's Eve, the Gold Crest Holidays offers travellers a mini cruise package that visits the beach area off Normandy, France. This three-day cruise leaves from the Port of Portsmouth, United Kingdom, travels down the coast and makes a stop in Caen, France. You are then treated to a full day of sightseeing at the famous beaches of World War II. All of your accommodations aboard the cruise come with several dining choices of restaurants, a bar, cinema, dance club and video lounge.

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