When you think of taking a short break to Bruges, a quick trip on the Eurostar probably comes to mind, but if you could add in a short stop in the Channel Islands, make it full-board and still not have to worry about stressful airports, all for the low cost of £219, would you still do it? Bring on the mini cruise!

Sailing from Southampton, P&O Cruises is well-known in the UK for their full-board, quality holidays on board luxury ships, offering passengers a new destination each day of the holiday, and that includes mini cruises.

One of the destinations that a three night mini cruise could take you to is the romantic city of Bruges in Belgium. Docking in the port of Zeebrugge, take advantage of a number of different tours available or the chance to explore the city's many canals and cafes on your own. After experiencing some trendy European culture, the next port of call is St Peter Port in Guernsey. Enjoy the island on foot and take in the beautiful views from one of the island's many walking trails.

Fancy just chilling out? No problem. Enjoy the mix of British and French flavours in one of the local restaurants or if you really want to, you could stay onboard the ship and enjoy one of its many activities.

Each cruise ship has its own personality and offers a variety of entertainment including golf and other sports, swimming pools, spa and fitness facilities, theatre shows, casino and some of the ships even have their own library on board. What's more, with a host of dining options on the cruise, you certainly won't be disappointed.

Booking far in advance can get you some great discounts but at the same time, P&O often offers last minute deals to help fill up the cruises. £219pp based on two sharing will get you a twin cabin, full-board (excluding drinks) and a host of entertainment options whilst on board for three nights. Splash out a bit more and £249pp can get you an outside cabin, not that you'll be spending much time in there with so many things to do.

A mini cruise is a great alternative to the standard short break. It cuts the airport stress, offers so much to do and allows you to experience places you wouldn't normally visit. P&O offers a number of mini cruises throughout the year.