With the Silly Season all but wrapped up, it's time to start planning for Easter! Not only is it a religious celebration, it's also one of the biggest and most anticipated long weekends of the year. The Easter 2020 long weekend is no exception, and the perfect period in which you could fit in your long awaited cruising holiday! Whether you're a first timer or seasoned cruiser you'll need to book early as cabins will be selling fast. Our guide below gives you a good snapshot of the cruises available for Easter. But first, let's start with the dates - when is Easter?

Easter Dates 2020 / 2021

DateDayHolidayStates
10 Apr Fri Good Friday National
11 Apr Sat Day following Good Friday National except TAS & WA
12 Apr Sun Easter Sunday ACT, NSW, QLD & VIC
13 Apr Mon Easter Monday National
14 Apr Tue Easter Tuesday * TAS
DateDayHolidayStates
2 Apr Fri Good Friday National
3 Apr Sat Day following Good Friday National except TAS & WA
4 Apr Sun Easter Sunday ACT, NSW, QLD & VIC
5 Apr Mon Easter Monday National
6 Apr Tue Easter Tuesday * TAS

Our Top Picks

Short Cheap Cruises
3 Night Comedy Easter Cruise from Sydney

P&O has a great 3 night Comedy Cruise from Sydney over the Easter period. You'll be sailing on Pacific Explorer for 3 nights departing on April 11 2020 (Easter Saturday). Be entertained by some of Australia's most loved comedians whilst enjoying your long weekend at sea.

3 Night Sampler Easter Cruise from Sydney

Hopefully no need to take any annual leave for this one, which is perfectly timed over the main Public Holidays. This Carnival Weekend Sampler Cruise sails from Sydney on Good Friday and is a great way to spend Easter at sea. Sailing on Carnival Splendor this is a great first time cruise or for seasoned cruisers looking to fulfil their cruising urge!

Carnival Splendor

Image: Carnival Splendor

Sun Seekers
9 Night South Pacific Cruise from Sydney

Departing on Easter Saturday this is a great little getaway over the Easter period. Sailing on Royal Caribbeans Ovation of the Seas you'll sail to destinations including Brisbane, Noumea and Mystery Island all while enjoying this enormous fun filled ship

ovation of the seas

Image: Ovation of the Seas

What Other Cruises occur during the Easter Long Weekend?

Sydney

Fly/Cruise/Hotel Package - 2 Nights Hotel & 11 Nights Cruise to New Zealand

This amazing package from Celebrity Cruises is for those with a little bit of extra leave after the Easter Break. Your package includes flights from Sydney to Auckland, and 2 nights hotel in Auckland before sailing on the highly regarded Celebrity Solstice. This 11 Night cruise will have you sailing through New Zealand's best cruising ports and scenery before sailing across the ditch to Melbourne and disembarking in Sydney.

South Pacific 10 Night Cruise Take off on this Royal Caribbean 10 night cruise to the South Pacific on Voyager of the Seas. Departing Sydney you'll be departing just before the masses.

Melbourne

Unfortunately it looks like Melbourne has missed out again on any cruises over Easter in 2020.

Brisbane

7 Night Pacific Island Hopper from Brisbane

For our Brisbane Cruisers, you can take advantage of this perfectly timed cruise to the Pacific Islands departing on Easter Saturday and arriving back in Brisbane on the following Saturday. Sailing on P&O's Pacific Dawn, you'll visit Noumea, Isle of Pines and Mare before heading back to Brisbane.

Italy & Mediterranean

7 Night Italy Cruise

Our pick for an international cruise over the Easter period is this 7 night sailing from Valletta (Malta). Well priced at under $2000pp (at time of print), you'll be joining P&O Cruises UK sailing through ports including Monte Carlo, Florence and Rome before heading back to Malta.