Finding a heavily discounted cruise isn't as hard as you may have thought. When all the sales are listed on one simple page - comparing the costs is easy. The only difficulty is what type of Cruise you are looking for and it's inclusions. Do you want an Ocean or River Cruise? An Asia or European Cruise? Do you need to consider children or do you only have a short time off? All these questions need to be answered however our simple Cruise Finder can help you manage these questions and hopefully find the cheapest cruise to suit your needs.

Cheap Cruises can be found nearly all year round, however frequent cruisers should keep on top of when the best sales are on. The CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) Cruise Week is a particular favourite to snare the best deals. Held in September in Australia, nearly all the major cruise liners combine to give you the best deals and specials from around the globe.

The Key to finding Discount Cruises

The key to finding a heavily discounted cruises is Flexibility. Cruise liners do not want to depart on an empty ship so the closer you get to a departure date the cheaper the cruise will become. Obviously during peak periods they won't need to do this as much as the low season, so beware not to leave it to the last minute if you want to go at a specific time. So our tips are:

Cruise in the Off Season

Take discounted cruises during the off season - eg. Alaska in September, the Caribbean during the hurricane season, South Pacific and Asia during wet season.

Take advantage of Smaller Ships

Taking a smaller boat will mean there are fewer amenities and attractions on offer so the cruise companies cannot charge as much.

Repositioning Cruises

A Reposition Cruise is where the cruise liner is moving ships from one part of the world to the next for a new season. Taking advantage of Repositioning Cruises will allow you to cross an ocean you've never seen or sail through a continent's coastline. Search the Cruise destinations drop down for Repositioning Cruises.

How to Avoid an Expensive Cruise Experience

Avoid the restaurants that are chargable

Specialty restaurants onboard are usually available on most ships, but they are usually not included in your base fare. If you do want to dine at a specialty restaurant during your cruise try to book before you depart and you can sometimes save in advance.

Don't Say Cheese

The professional photographers onboard are always roaming the ships in search of customers looking for some photos of your experience. To avoid any extras you didn't anticipate just say 'no'. Take your own camera and get some shots yourself

Have some alcohol free days

Limiting your alcohol intake during the cruise can save you lots of money. By all means we want to have some fun during our holiday but having ridiculous amounts of alcohol can really break the bank. If you do want to drink lots of alcohol, choose an appropriate alcohol package beforehand ensuring the drinks you like are on the inclusions list.

Casinos

Do we really need to write this? Avoid the casino at all costs if you don't want to start throwing away money. This goes without saying.

Onshore Activities

Be sure to plan your on shore excursions and activities as these can be the difference between having an expensive and the cheapest cruise you've ever had. Ensuring you plan beforehand will allow you to budget so as not to spend up big.

Below we take a look at a selection of Cruises on Sale departing from Australia and New Zealand.

Australia

Tip: The cheapest cruises from Australian cities are those where the cruise companies are trying to sell cabins during low capacity periods. Search for departure times when the weather is not so great and non-school holiday periods.

 

Departs
Weekend Sampler Cruise Carnival Cruises Thursday 05 Jul, 2018 3 nights on Carnival Spirit Save up to 37% * From $364*
Melbourne Cruise Carnival Cruises Friday 23 Nov, 2018 3 nights on Carnival Legend Save up to 25% * From $447*
Tasmania Cruise Carnival Cruises Thursday 24 Jan, 2019 4 nights on Carnival Legend Save up to 24% * From $536*
Pacific Islands Cruise Carnival Cruises Monday 28 Jan, 2019 9 nights on Carnival Legend Save up to 22% * From $738*
Tasmania Cruise Carnival Cruises Monday 26 Nov, 2018 4 nights on Carnival Legend Save up to 10% * From $454*
Pacific Island Hopper Cruise P&O Cruises Saturday 26 May, 2018 7 nights on Pacific Dawn From $513*
Pacific Islands Cruise P&O Cruises Monday 14 May, 2018 10 nights on Pacific... From $736*
Tasmania Cruise Princess Cruises Monday 17 Dec, 2018 5 nights on Golden Princess From $552*
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New Zealand

Tip: Discount Cruises from New Zealand occur throughout the year however heavier specials periods exist during Winter and low seasons.

 

Departs
New Zealand Cruise Royal Caribbean Thursday 24 Jan, 2019 10 nights on Radiance Of The Seas Save up to 30% * From $1394*
New Zealand Cruise Royal Caribbean Wednesday 13 Feb, 2019 10 nights on Radiance Of The Seas Save up to 30% * From $1418*
Discover Vanuatu Cruise P&O Cruises Monday 28 May, 2018 10 nights on Pacific Jewel From $607*
Fiji Encounter Cruise P&O Cruises Thursday 07 Jun, 2018 8 nights on Pacific Jewel From $785*
Food and Wine Cruise P&O Cruises Friday 15 Jun, 2018 3 nights on Pacific Jewel From $350*
Polynesian Explorer Cruise P&O Cruises Monday 18 Jun, 2018 15 nights on Pacific Jewel From $884*
Discover Vanuatu Cruise P&O Cruises Tuesday 03 Jul, 2018 10 nights on Pacific Jewel From $1045*
Fiji Encounter Cruise P&O Cruises Friday 13 Jul, 2018 8 nights on Pacific Jewel From $777*
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