Want to beat the winter blues?
While most of the ships have departed Australian waters until later this year, there are still cruises sailing from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth if you want to escape the cold or if you’re looking for an affordable holiday without flying to Europe or America. It’s also one of the best times to explore what we have Down Under. Here are Cruise Passenger’s picks.
1. Explore Indonesia with P&O just $54 a night
Hop aboard the Pacific Eden for a 12-night cruise around Indonesia. Explore fantastic ports including Komodo Island, Lombok, and Problinggo, plus an overnight stay in Benoa. Departs from Fremantle 28 May 2017, $649 per person based on quad share.
2. Escape to the Sunshine Coast with Carnival $66 a night
Sail from Sydney to Mooloolaba on the Carnival Sprit, departing 31 July 2017. Enjoy 4 nights aboard the ship for just $465 per person twin share, or $264 quad share. Soak up some sun, explore the boutiques and cafes, or relax on the beach, this winter break is perfect for a family cruise or romantic getaway.
3. Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga & Samoa with P&O $60 a night
This 18-night cruise aboard P&O’s Pacific Aria stops on seven different tropical islands in four incredible and unique Pacific countries. Ports include Luganville Vanuatu, Vila Vanuatu, Port Denarau Fiji, Vava’U Tonga, Nuku’Alofa Tonga, Apia Western Samoa, Dravuni Island Fiji, and Suva Fiji. At just $1087 for a quad share cabin this winter cruise costs only $60 per night. Don’t miss out, book your Pacific adventure today. Departing from Brisbane, 14 August 2017.
4. Melbourne to Sydney world cruise just $195 a night
Escape winter this year with a Princess world cruise. This cruise, packed full of once in a lifetime experiences, departs 22 May 2017 sailing for 103 nights aboard the Sun Princess. Boasting a small ship feel, with big ship facilities the Sun Princess has everything you need on board. Calling at ports across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North America and South America. Starting at $20,111 per person twin share.
5. State of Origin in style $106 a night with P&O
Including tickets and transfers to game two at the ANZ stadium, this 7-night cruise aboard the Pacific Aria is a must for any footie fan. This unbeatable cruise deal starts from just $748 quad share, perfect for a family vacay or trip with your mates. Departing from Brisbane on the 18 June 2017 stopping at Moreton Island, Sydney, and Newcastle before returning to Brisbane.
6. Sail the Pacific with Princess $163 a night
Departing from Sydney, spend 35 nights aboard the Sun Princess stopping ports throughout Queensland, Fiji, Samoa, Hawaii, French Polynesia, and New Zealand. This cruise offers a great combination of days exploring port, and sea days to enjoy facilities aboard the ship. This romantic Pacific island cruise would be ideal for couples celebrating a special occasion or wanting a last minute winter get away. Starting from just $5,703 per person twin share, departing 1 May 2017.
7. Margaret River Wine Cruise $69 a night
Join P&O aboard the Pacific Eden for a four night round trip from Fremantle to Margaret River. Starting from $274 quad share in an upgraded oceanview cabin, this is the perfect mid-winter weekend away with friends, spotting wildlife such as migrating humpback whales while you cruise and exploring the vineyards and coastal scenery of Western Australia while in port. Departs 22 June 2017.
8. An Australian adventure aboard the Sun Princess
Spend 15 nights on this spectacular scenic cruise along the Australian coast with Princess Cruises, starting from $2073 based on a triple cabin – just over $138 a night – this is a deal you don’t want to miss. The cruise departs from Brisbane 1 July 2017, with stops in Queensland, Papua New Guinea, the Northern Territory, and Western Australia.
Vote in this year’s special Readers’ Choice Awards
No doubt 2020 will go down in cruise history as the year of the pandemic – a once in a generation event. And this year’s Cruise Passenger Readers’ Choice Awards will reflect it.