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
|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|
|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 Cruises3 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!
Image: Carnival Splendor
Sun Seekers9 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
Image: Ovation of the Seas
What Other Cruises occur during the Easter Long Weekend?
SydneyFly/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.
Unfortunately it looks like Melbourne has missed out again on any cruises over Easter in 2020.
Brisbane7 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 & Mediterranean7 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.