The wave season may be over but if you still want to chase away the winter blues and go on a break, here are some great winter cruise deals for you to choose from.
Carnival Spirit is offering up to 35 per cent discount for a weekend getaway from $449 per person for an inside cabin or $549pp for a balcony cabin. The cruise leaves Sydney on 5 July and returns on 8 July. Carnival is also offering a special deal where kids can sail free if two guests pay in full on selected itineraries provided the bookings are made before May 14. www.carnival.com.au
If you enjoy having a good chortle on your holiday, then P&O Big Laugh Comedy cruise on the Pacific Explorer has a 30 per cent discount starting from $459pp for the four-night cruise from Sydney, departing on 20 June and returning on 24 June. The cruise will host the Big Laugh Comedy Festival spread over 36 shows. You will laugh your head off when you watch stand-up performances from comedians Dave Hughes, Jimeoin, Harley Breen and the Scared Weird Little Guys. www.pocruises.com.au
Further afield, you can go on an eight-day cruise of Japan on the Diamond Princess at $1000 pp in an interior cabin. If you have a third or fourth passenger in the same room, they pay $700 each for the cruise. The journey departs from Tokyo’s Yokohama port and will visit Okinawa, Ishigaki, Taipei in Taiwan before returning to Tokyo. www.princess.com
If you fancy sailing the Mediterranean in summer, then NCL’s Norwegian Spirit is offering up to 15 per cent discount on an 11-night cruise visiting Croatia and Italy starting from $1705 pp for an inside cabin. The cruise leaves Rome on 19 August and returns on 30 August. Guests can pick one offer ranging from a specialty dining package, a 250 minute internet package or a US$50 per port shore excursion credit if you book by 17 May. www.ncl.com
Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas is offering a seven-night cruise departing Venice on 27 July at $2183pp for an inside cabin and you will get 60 per cent off the fare for the second passenger if you book before 6 June. The cruise will call at Dubrovnik, Kotor, Santorini, Katakolon before returning to Venice on 28 July. www.royalcaribbean.com
Genting Dream is offering a special deal where the second guest pays only S$8 for a cruise from Singapore to various Asian destinations. For a three-night cruise departing Singapore to Phuket on 12 August, the first passenger will pay S$700 for an inside cabin. www.dreamcruiseline.com
APT has a 22-day land and cruise package to China starting from $13,995 pp with free flights for two people from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide. The tour departs on 28 August and returns on 18 September. The land excursion will cover Kunming, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Chengdu, Beijing, Yichang, a four-night cruise on the Yangtze River on board Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer before visiting Xian and Shanghai. Highlights include visits to the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriors and protected giant pandas. www.aptouring.com.au
Silversea has a last-minute sale offering a $1000 onboard credit and a one-category suite upgrade provided you book before 15 May. There’s a 15-day cruise on Silver Discoverer departing Port Vila in Vanuatu on 7 June to Cairns which starts at $18,100 pp for an Explorer suite on deck 3. The itinerary includes visits to Noumea, Pine Island, Bundaberg, Fraser Island, Great Keppel Island, Wistari Reef, Whitsunday Islands, Townsville and ending in Cairns on 22 June. www.silversea.com
Win An Australia & New Zealand Cruise With Celebrity Cruises
Win an Australia or New Zealand voyage of your choice, with Celebrity Cruises. The winner will be able to pick a local cruise of up to the value of $7,996 for two people.