Cruises offer an amazing way to travel, and they’re also one of the most flexible forms of travel too. With a cruise, you can visit a wealth of desirable destinations all over the globe, from the shores of the Pacific Coast to the banks of the Mississippi, the beachfront villages of New England, the islands of the Caribbean, the frosty waters of Alaska, and so much more, and cruises can be booked with a variety of different lines on a variety of different ships and for a variety of different durations.

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Cruises can last for several weeks or even longer in some cases, but if you don’t have too much time to spare or would simply prefer a mini cruise as a fun weekend getaway, you have a lot of options too. When work is getting you down or the stresses of daily life are piling up, it can be wonderful to simply get away from it all for a weekend, spending some quality time with your family, a special someone, your friends, or even by yourself on a luxury cruise ship. Weekend cruises are also a great way to celebrate a special occasion or surprise a partner. See below for details on some of the top weekend cruises you can take.

- Celebrity Cruises - 2 Night Bahamas - Celebrity Infinity

You don't need to save up hundreds of dollars and have a full week free to enjoy a cruise to the Caribbean, as proven by this amazing '2 Night Bahamas' cruise from Celebrity Cruises. The ultimate weekend getaway, this 2 night cruise can appeal to families, couples, solo travelers, and more, with rooms available for less than $200.

You'll be traveling on the Celebrity Infinity for this cruise, letting you enjoy all the various features and amenities of the ship over the weekend, including the fine dining speciality restaurants, casual eateries, swimming pools, fitness center, spa, video game arcade, sport courts, and much more. You'll find plenty to do on board to pass the time and you'll definitely want to come back for more in the future.

The '2 Night Bahamas' cruise leaves from Fort Lauderdale in Florida to provide relatively rapid access to the Bahamas. Your one and only stop will be at Nassau, the capital city of the Bahamas. You'll find a lot to do in Nassau, from eating some of the local Caribbean cuisine to do some shopping in the markets, relaxing on the beaches, and visiting unique historical and cultural sites too.

- Holland America Line - 1 Night Pacific Coastal - Oosterdam

Head off for a tour of the northern Pacific Coast on this excellent '1 Night Pacific Coastal' cruise with Holland America Line. If you're just looking for a quick getaway to recharge your batteries and come back feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after a short weekend on a beautiful cruise ship, this is a great option to choose and you can get a room for under $70 if you vook in advance.

This cruise takes place on board the Oosterdam. A huge and impressive cruise ship with a lot of features and facilities, the Oosterdam will make every second of your cruise infinitely enjoyable and extra memorable, and it's a good place to do some shopping and relaxing too, with lots of different things to check out on board.

The '1 Night Pacific Coastal' cruise leaves from Seattle in Washington State and heads up and over the international border to Canada for a stop off at Vancouver where you can admire the amazing cityscape and visit key locations like Gastown, Granville Island, or Stanley Park.

- Disney Cruise Line - 2 Night Baja Mexico - Disney Wonder

Disney Cruise Line is one of the most deluxe cruise lines in the business, offering all the fun and magic of Disney movies and experiences on board a fleet of majestic cruise ships. Disney is known for running quite long and high-priced cruises, but if you're just looking for a weekend escape, the '2 Night Baja Mexico' cruise is an option too, with rooms available for under $700.

This cruise takes place on board the Disney Wonder, and wonder is definitely what you'll be feeling as you look around and admire this amazing vessel. Fully decorated and themed in the inimitable Disney style, this ship really brings the magic of the movies to life, with lots of Mickey ear symbols dotted all around and plenty of Disney imagery waiting to be discovered. You'll even be able to meet some of the Disney characters on board and live out your childhood fantasies, so this is a good option for families too.

The '2 Night Baja Mexico' cruise leaves from San Diego in California and heads south, over the border and into Mexico for a stop off at Ensenada. There, you'll be able to do whatever you like, from shopping to sunbathing to water sports and more. There's plenty to see in Ensenada and you'll have enough time to really enjoy your brief Mexican adventure before heading home.