There are some destinations in the world where it’s cheaper to see the sights and sound by cruising, than it is to book accommodation, flights and tour packages. We’ve compiled together a list of these destinations which might break the bank, but not if you’re sailing on the high seas.

Places where it's cheaper to cruise than stay - Sydney
You could save money on an Australian trip by cruising.


Even for an Aussie, travelling to some parts of our sunburnt country can be expensive – flights to Perth can cost up to $608 return. Booking accommodation as well as tours can come at a major cost.

But if you book a cruise that visits three ports or more (especially with all-inclusive cruise lines like Crystal Cruises, Seabourn or Silversea) they might be a bit exxy but at least you don’t have to think of booking anything by the cruise – you can save a motza on shore excursions.  Try booking an Azamara Club Cruises 18-night Australia to Asia voyage. The cruise visits Hardy Reef on the Great Barrier Reef.

The shore excursion alone can cost up to $300. The ship also visits Hamilton Island which is known to be one of the most expensive holiday destinations in Australia. Other port calls include Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and Darwin. If you were to add it all up, flights can cost up to $1,600 alone.


It’s one of the hottest destinations to travel to at the moment but Iceland’s krona is increasing in value and travelling around this amazing country can get expensive. The nation is looking to limit the number of tourists visiting by increasing hotel taxes and other costs. Flights from Sydney can cost up to $3,600 direct with Scandinavian Airlines. A main meal can cost up to $60 and a beer can cost around $16.

You can cruise on a number of lines to see Iceland as well as neighbouring countries. Try P&O UK’s voyage which also visits Ireland and Scotland and is priced from $2,292 per person, twin share.

Places where it's cheaper to cruise than stay - Baltic
Cruising could be a cheaper way to visit the Baltic countries.

Denmark, Finland, Estonia and Russia

Visiting the Baltic countries can be expensive – a flight from Sydney to St Petersburg can cost up to $1,978. You can take a Royal Caribbean UK Baltic cruise. The voyage departs Southampton and visits Norway, Denmark, Russia and Finland.

You’ll see some amazing sights like the Hermitage in St Petersburg, the Viking Ship Museum or the Munch Museum in Oslo or the Tivoli Gardens and The Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen. The 12-night cruise is priced from just $2,355 per person, twin share.


It’s one of the most expensive places in the world so cruising is a great option to avoid the mounting costs. But in saying that, sailing through the Norwegian Fjords is bucket-list thing to do for many travellers. While flights from Australia to Norway start at around $1,200, step aboard a Hurtigruten ship, which is one of the main operators in the region for an amazing scenic cruise. Try the 12-day Classic Round Voyage from Bergen where you can choose from more than 90 excursions and starts from $1,800. Not such a bad price considering you can up to $15 for a Maccas combo meal.