Ocean and river cruise lines are already advertising their 2018 sailings with hot deals as well as new itineraries and destinations.
Major lines like Scenic, Evergreen, Princess Cruises, MSC, APT, Silversea as well as Ponant have bargains like discounts of up to 30 per cent off as well as free flights thrown in.
The lines have also forecasted some of the top holiday destinations for 2018, with P&O Australia’s President Sture Myrmell saying that the ships and local port calls are still popular for the following year.
“We’re seeing continued growth driven by innovative offers and new product features like the waterslides on Pacific Dawn and Pacific Explorer. Popular itineraries include the seven-night cruises from Brisbane to the South Pacific and Great Barrier Reef,” he said.
“In addition, PNG cruises from Brisbane and Cairns have proved popular in Queensland, while our shorter three and four night SeaBreaks from all homeports around the country continue to sell well too.”
Over at Carnival Cruise Line’s Vice President Jennifer Vandekreeke said that bookings have increased for next year.
“The school holidays always sell well and there is a lot of interest in our four repositioning cruises to and from Hawaii on Carnival Legend and to and from Singapore on Carnival Spirit.”
Scenic are offering a number of deals – an 11-day river cruise from Budapest to Bucharest will set you back $5,245 per person, twin share. Plus, you can also fly to Europe return for just $995.
Princess Cruises are currently offering a deal where you can cruise from just $1,997 per person, twin share around the Malaysian Peninsula and Indonesia.
Viking River Cruises have river cruises from Amsterdam to Budapest starting from $5,995 per person, twin share. The line will also throw in free return flights to Europe for passengers who are interested in booking now.
For adventure lovers, super luxe French line Ponant have expedition sailings to destinations like Antarctica from $10,990 per person, twin share. While it might seem like a hefty amount, you will be sailing to one of the most remote and sought after destinations in the world, and you’ll be travelling in the lap of luxury.
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