Three-night cruises and even overnight cruises are available if you want a short getaway on a cruise ship.
Some of the top cruise lines, like Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity offer short cruises, especially weekend cruises.
These cruises are naturally cheaper than their week long cousins. With the increased availability of cruise ports you may also save the cost of airfare by driving to the departure city. The so-called "Cruise to Nowhere" doesn't stop at any ports and is popular for a quick couple of nights out on the ocean.
There are also some very nice ports of call the are close by and make great destinations for weekend cruises. The Bahamas; Cozumel, Mexico; Ensenada, Mexsico; Key West, Florida all offer cruise port destinations for short cruise passengers.
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By Josh from San Diego - One weekend, me and my buddies decided to take a 3 night cruise from San Diego down the coast of Mexico. Prices were at all-time lows, so we decided to go for it. Well, it was one of the best ideas we ever had.
First of all, cruises are the best value for your money hands down. You get at least 2 gourmet meals a day, plus a breakfast cornucopia, and a buffet open 24/7.
The activities on the boat were actually really fun (inebriated). It had mini golf, rock climbing, sleeping by the pool, bars, karaoke, and the cruise we went on had like 3 clubs and 10 bars to meet women.
Off the boat in Mexico was also really fun. We stopped in Ensenada, which was a bit touristy, but if you venture inland you get to a lot of good things. Now, I'll admit, this was intended to be a bit of a booze cruise, but with all that great food and activities, it turned out to be so much more.
The package includes not only all the room and board and entertainment on the ship, but always Belly Dance Classes with additional entertainment each evening watching the belly dancers.
The classes include veil work, fans, drumming, balance and henna art. There are very few men in the group and it’s a girls weekend out! Much laughing and bonding is always part of the cruise.
The ships entertainment rounds out the cruise with comedians, art auctions, dancing and gambling. The stars above the ocean make gazing fun and are often clearer than one is used to in the city. There is more than enough choices in food and something is always available.
I like the mid-size cruise ships that sail from Fort Lauderdale or Miami and visit ports like Nassau, San Juan, Belize, St. Maarten and other destinations.
The cruise ships are beautifully appointed. The meals (available 24/7) are five-star and elegantly served. There is entertainment every night, such as Broadway revivals, musicals and comedians.
Every time you come back to your room, it has been freshly made up and cleaned. The ships have wonderful shopping "malls" right onboard. The onshore excursions are fun and educational! Once you get on the cruise ship, you are entertained, fed and pampered like nowhere else on earth!
Mazatlan, Mexico is a popular cruise port destination. One of the many pleasures at Mazatlan is the longest beach in Mexico. You will find sixteen miles of unbroken sand between Cerro del Creston and Punta Sabalo.
Another aspect of Mazatlan that draws many cruise ship passengers here is the fact that it has preserved so much of its colonial heritage. More so than any other Mexican beach resort.
The area was founded over 450 years ago and much of it has been restored. You can see a lot of beautiful architecture fron the eighteenth century like the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, the Angela Peralta Theater and the Mercado Suarez.
Mazatlan resort is quite laid back with a carefree and casual style. It remains a working city so the tourist trade has not taken over like some other Mexican cruise ports. It's location at the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean makes it a very popular spot for big game fishing.