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Shorter Cruises Are Among the Hottest Developments in 2014 Sailings

Excerpt from Cruise Critic

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In addition to shorter cruises to offer families more flexibility, U.S. cruise lines are dispatching ships to Asia, Bordeaux and the Panama Canal among 2014’s trendy destinations.

— Dennis Schaal

Cruise lines are offering more three-, four- and five-night itineraries as they continue upping the options for families, first-time cruisers interested in testing the waters and those simply looking for a quick, affordable getaway.

Many cruise lines have already added more short cruises to their schedules for 2014 and are actually using bigger, refurbished vessels for the routes (rather than just the oldest and smallest ships).

Carnival Freedom will head to Florida after its spring 2014 Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade to offer a variety of shorter itineraries out of the Sunshine State.

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