There are still plenty of deals to be had as Australia’s wave season draws to a close. While lines like Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines and luxury companies like Regent Seven Seas and Seabourn leave our shores, our home-grown lines still remain Down Under.
Lines like P&O and Carnival Cruise Lines will remain sailing from Brisbane and Sydney year-round.
But the Kimberley season is just about to kick off with fantastic savings to be had with lines like Ponant, Silversea and Coral Expeditions.
Silversea’s 10-day itineraries start from $8,950 per person, all-inclusive, while Ponant’s offers start from $10,380 with a 25% Ponant bonus.
For those still looking to get out on the sea over the coming months, here are the best ways to do it.
Sail with P&O
There are still plenty of options for getting out on the sea with Australian favourite P&O Cruises.
You can cruise off to Vanuatu for 11-days from $699 per person on April 25, May 30, July 24 or September 4. Or for a slightly different flavour of the Pacific you enjoy 12-nights to Fiji from $1054 per person on May 15 or August 7. For slightly shorter but just as exciting, you can also take the Pacific Island Hopper from $769 per person on June 30, July 8 or September 22.
If you’re in the mood for laughter and a short-break all in one, there are plenty of three-night Comedy Cruises starting from just $374 per person going with P&O, running on May 5, May 27, June 9 and July 21. As far as other themed cruises, you can also get your 80s on, on May 12 and August 19.
If you’re looking to escape the winter and get to a more tropical climate, you go on a 10-night Barrier Reef Discovery cruise from $1014 per person on June 12 or August 22, head up to Tangalooma and Moreton Island for four-nights from $399 per person on June 22, June 26, July 17 and August 3.
Sail with Carnival
While many other major lines take a break, Carnival has a range of great sailings still going.
There are a range of great South Pacific sailings still going, including a 12-day South Pacific sailing on July 16 from $968 per person, another Carnival Splendor sailing over 12-days to the South Pacific from $875 per person on May 28, and also a 10-day itinerary on Augusts 21 from $739 per person, or three different nine-day options starting from $712 on either April 23, May 15 or June 30.
As far as short Aussie getaways, there’s plenty happening with three-day escapes from Sydney from $364, going on April 20, May 12, and August 18. There are also four-day escapes to Tangalooma and Moreton Island from $465 per person on May 24, June 9, and August 31.
For slightly longer Aussie adventures, there’s a nine-day Great Barrier Reef journey on June 21 from $887 or a 10-day Great Barrier Reef cruise on July 31 from $795.
Explore the Kimberley
While previously trying to scrounge a last-minute sailing to the Kimberley was a tough ask, with more cruise lines sailing in the region than ever before, there’s still plenty of capacity if you want to get yourself a last-minute cabin.
For a luxury favourite you can explore the region with Silversea, there are still eight different itineraries with availability, mostly out of Darwin and Broome. You can also choose between a door-to-door package with all flights and transfers included, or a port-to-port option, which will generally come out a few thousand dollars cheaper.
Ponant is also serving up luxury and adventure in the region, with a range of different options between more immersion in the Southern Kimberley, larger tours of the region and also itineraries focused in on the Northern Kimberley.
The cruise line is having a massive extended cruise season, with there still being about 30 sailings you can grab a cabin on. If you sail the Iconic Kimberley itinerary on June 13, you can get a deal from $14,700 and if you want to check out the Southern Kimberley, you’ll have to pay a slight premium, coming out to $18,820 for 10-nights.
Coral Expeditions have 50 sailing dates available over the Kimberley season and have advised Cruise Passenger that occupancy is about 80%.
To celebrate the rushing waterfalls that have come with heavy downfall this season, Coral Expeditions is currently running a Waterfall Season promotion through May and June, with prices from $7500 and no single supplement on certain dates.