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 CruisesThe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Short Break Cruise||Princess Cruises||Thursday 18 Jan, 2018||3 nights on Sea Princess||Save up to 69% *||From $388*|
|Tasmania Cruise||Carnival Cruises||Saturday 17 Feb, 2018||4 nights on Carnival Legend||Save up to 43% *||From $439*|
|Queensland and The Great...||Princess Cruises||Sunday 04 Feb, 2018||7 nights on Sea Princess||Save up to 36% *||From $711*|
|Melbourne Cruise||Carnival Cruises||Saturday 03 Mar, 2018||3 nights on Carnival Legend||Save up to 34% *||From $375*|
|New Zealand Cruise||Carnival Cruises||Wednesday 21 Feb, 2018||10 nights on Carnival Legend||Save up to 32% *||From $972*|
|Tasmania Cruise||Princess Cruises||Saturday 10 Mar, 2018||5 nights on Golden Princess||Save up to 30% *||From $583*|
|New Caledonia Cruise||Carnival Cruises||Tuesday 06 Feb, 2018||11 nights on Carnival Legend||Save up to 28% *||From $903*|
|Melbourne to Sydney World...||Cunard||Friday 23 Feb, 2018||2 nights on Queen Mary 2||Save up to 25% *||From $798*|
Tip: Discount Cruises from New Zealand occur throughout the year however heavier specials periods exist during Winter and low seasons.
|Australia and New Zealand...||Holland America Line||Friday 05 Jan, 2018||13 nights on Maasdam||Save up to 75% *||From $1847*|
|Australia and New Zealand...||Holland America Line||Thursday 07 Dec, 2017||15 nights on Noordam||Save up to 68% *||From $1675*|
|Australia and New Zealand...||Holland America Line||Tuesday 19 Dec, 2017||4 nights on Maasdam||Save up to 62% *||From $575*|
|Auckland to Sydney World...||Cunard||Saturday 24 Feb, 2018||5 nights on Queen Elizabeth||Save up to 57% *||From $1066*|
|New Zealand Cruise||Royal Caribbean||Wednesday 17 Jan, 2018||14 nights on Radiance Of The Seas||Save up to 30% *||From $1890*|
|Australia Getaway Cruise||Princess Cruises||Saturday 27 Jan, 2018||4 nights on Sun Princess||Save up to 18% *||From $729*|
|New Zealand Cruise||Princess Cruises||Tuesday 27 Mar, 2018||13 nights on Sun Princess||Save up to 11% *||From $1648*|
|Australia and New Zealand...||Norwegian Cruise Line||Wednesday 31 Jan, 2018||10 nights on Norwegian Jewel||From $1312*|