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I’m excited to be sailing on Golden Princess this afternoon out of Los Angeles on a quick three-day cruise to Ensenada and back. While three days is definitely not enough time to take advantage of every feature the ship has, it will still be a fun journey!
This will be the shortest cruise I’ve taken to date and some of my friends (the ones who travel less frequently) have suggested that taking a short cruise isn’t worth the hassle. I disagree. In fact, I’ve come up with seven reasons to take a short cruise soon!
1. Try out cruising for the first time – A short cruise is a great introduction to what cruises are like if you’ve been apprehensive about cruising. You can try out all the features and see for yourself if you like it before committing to a longer trip.
2. Accrue credits in a cruise line’s frequent guest program – Many cruise lines offer loyalty programs. For some, the benefits begin on a second cruise. Doing a mini cruise is a great way to already have perks before a longer vacation on the same line. For some lines (like Princess), perks accrue by the number of sailings, regardless of length, so mini cruises allow for status runs over consecutive weekends!
3. Enjoy a mini getaway that requires little planning – The beautiful thing about cruising is that you really CAN wing it if you like. Sure, some people plan out each day months on advance (the shows, the various restaurants, the port stops), cruising is also conducive to the way I like to sometimes travel – with no agenda and no solid commitments.
4. Try out a new cruise line – I’ll be using this cruise to try out Princess for the first time. I’ve only cruised on Seabourn and Norwegian so far and those lines are at opposite ends of the cruising spectrum in terms of cruise style. This will give me another data point as to what I like or dislike which will make it easier for my travel agent to help me select other voyages in the future as I continue to sample new lines. Three days is plenty of time to get a feel for the atmosphere and features of a line.
5. Check out a new ship – When new ships come online, some lines will offer a handful of shorter cruises to help build a passenger base, particularly if they are serving a port that is new to their brand. If you’ve wondered about features on a specific ship class, a short cruise us a great way to check these out.
6. Sample the suite life – Have you wondered whether it’s worth the money to splurge on a suite for your next cruise? A shorter cruise is a great opportunity to sample the upgrade for less.
7. Go with a group – Do you have friends or family with a range of budgets and/or interest who all want to do a trip together (bachelorette party, reunion, etc.)? A cruise can be a great way to accommodate those variances so everyone can still be “together”.
I’m sure I could come up with several more reasons… but Julie McCoy is paging me to the Lido Deck!