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Compare a City Break to a Mini Cruise

3rd May 2018

If you’re considering a few days away somewhere, no doubt you’ve looked into the classic European city breaks; Rome, Paris, Barcelona, to name a few. But why limit yourself to just one place? Why not take in numerous destinations in comfort and style on a fabulous mini cruise.



Five Great Things about a Mini Cruise


There are so many advantages of choosing a mini cruise instead of a self-led city break, here are our top five;


  • All the food is taken care of. While of course it’s great to go out and about and sample new foods on holiday, it’s also a real comfort to know that the majority of your food and drink is readily available onboard.

  • Staff to give you advice. Whether you want tips on the best things to see, or need help with any issues during your holiday, having crew onboard to assist you can be extremely reassuring.

  • Good quality accommodation. With a mini cruise you can avoid all the hassle of trying to find the best places to stay in a city that suit you. You can simply choose your cabin when booking according to your needs.

  • You don’t have to fly. There are plenty of mini cruises departing from the UK, so you can avoid losing anytime flying or navigating airports. Simply embark onto your cruise ship, check-in, and relax.

  • Seeing multiple destinations. On a city break you generally stay in one part of a city and explore as much as you can of it. On a mini cruise you’ll usually be transported to a few different areas, in one or more countries.


    What People Get Wrong About Mini Cruises


    Many holidaymakers have the wrong impression about mini-cruising, and we want to set the record straight;


  • It's more expensive. This simply is not the case when you’re comparing a like for like holiday (same destinations, same standard of food and accommodation). In fact it’s often the cheaper option, especially if you want to go to more than one place.

  • There’s not enough time in port. Yes you will be bound to your cruise itinerary, but cruise lines know where their guests want to be. They’ll offer longer days and evenings, and even overnights in port as much as possible.

  • You have limited dining options. Of course a cruise ship will have fewer restaurants than a European city, but more often than not there are more venues onboard than you’ll be able to dine in. And cuisine on cruise ships is becoming a higher and higher standard all the time so you don’t need to worry about lack of quality.


    If you’re still not sure which suits you when comparing a city break to a mini cruise, there’s another fantastic option. Talk to our team about creating your own unique, cruise and stay holiday, on which you’ll be able to make the most of all the aspects of cruising as well as spend a few extra days in the destination of your choice, exploring on your own.

    10 Top Tips for a Universal Orlando Resort Cruise and Stay

    20th January 2017

    Iglu Cruise’ Marketing Manager Natalie recently spent a sunny seven days in Orlando Florida. We couldn’t help but pick her brains for a Universal Orlando Resort® survival guide. Check out Nat’s top tips before you go and share some of your own with us on Facebook.



    Don’t have a big breakfast

    There are so many great places to eat once you’re in the park. My favourite treat of the day was the butterbeer icecream at Florean Forescue.

    Download the Universal App

    Do this before you arrive at the park as it gives you live updates on the queue time for each ride. Avoid disappointment and save time for more fun by being well prepared on queue times.

    Diagon Alley is really busy in the daytime

    I would recommend going to the park later in the day and visiting this area in the evening when a lot of the crowds have gone home. The parks are usually open until around 11pm at night.

    Pre-book your tickets

    Keep costs down significantly more on the day by booking your tickets in advance. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, make sure you purchase a ticket that allows you to visit both parks on the same day so you can go on the Hogwarts Express.

    Join the single passenger queue

    If you don’t mind going on a ride on your own I would recommend going in the single passenger queue. This brings the queue time down and I ended up sitting next to my partner 4 times out of the 6 rides that offered this type of queue.

    The Hogwarts Express is a must

    But it can get really busy in the daytime. Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure is only a short walk apart so I would recommend walking from one park to the other in the daytime and hopping on the Hogwarts Express in the evening. I don’t want to ruin the amazing surprise of what happens on the train but you won’t miss any scenery by doing it in the dark.

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    Explore Universal CityWalk

    The two parks are situated within the Universal CityWalk Orlando area. This area is a great place to visit in the evening and is home to the Hard Rock Café Orlando.

    Plan your days

    There are lots of shows on at the park and watching these is a great way of having a little rest in-between rides. I loved the Fear Factor Live, if you are brave enough, arrive about an hour before the show time and you can audition to take park. Beware, if you don’t like heights, insects or slimy objects this might not be one for you.

    Pack light

    Although there are lockers at the park by each ride a few of the rides won’t let you on with handbags so the less you have with you the quicker it will be to get on the ride. Lockers are free while you ride but if you want them for a longer period you will get charged.

    Buy your souvenirs at the end of the day

    There are so many fun things to buy but you don’t want to get stuck lugging around wands, hats and mugs all day. Save this for the last part.

    See for yourself with a cruise and stay holiday to Universal Orlando Resort®

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