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When is the best time of year to book to get a good deal?

Flight Center expert

Jackie Heiron

The earlier you book the better deals you tend to get! Most lines have sales when they release a new program so you can take advantage of reduced fares and deposits, and add extras like onboard credits and drink packages. Don’t assume you’ll find the best deals online – we often get deals that aren’t advertised, and by talking to your Flight Centre cruise specialist agent you can find great savings. If you are able to get away at short notice, your agent can keep you informed of any last-minute deals.

What are some of the new hot destinations?

Cuba, Iceland, Galapagos, Japan and the Artic, Croatia, and, for river cruising, Russia and Egypt

What should you look for when booking your ship?

Don’t just pick the ship and itinerary on price alone. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, you don’t want to find yourself on a ship full of families with kids. If you are a family, you want to make sure you’re on a ship with lots of activities and clubs for the kids. With more families cruising with multiple generations, it can be hard to get the right balance and make sure everyone is happy. Speak to your Flight Centre cruise specialist agent for help picking the best cruise.

What are some of the most popular cruises and why?

Close-to-home cruising is still our most popular, as it is really good value for money for the whole family – no flights or only short domestic flights required. More and more cruise lines are sending their ships to cruise out of Australia each year.

What trends are coming up in the cruising world?

Exclusive experiences such as specialty dining with world renowned chefs, immersive cultural experiences, private island ports of call and smarter technology onboard. Luxury expedition cruising is getting more popular with 29 new expedition ships currently on order.

Cruise Expert Jackie Heiron from Flight Centre Mona Vale is a veteran of 74 cruises. Go to flightcentre.com.au or call our dedicated Cruise line 13 70 79.