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Best Aussie Cruise Ideas for Under $1000

Nowadays, there are terrific cruises available that cost less than $1000, particularly if you have your funds ready to snap up last-minute bargains and can take time off without too much notice. Conversely, the further ahead you book, you’ll likely to find early-bird bargains and have a greater choice of cabins. Overseas cruise lines operate in the region between October and April, so there are more ships to choose from during the summer months – but be aware that fares are generally cheaper outside school holidays. Here’s a snapshot of cruises in 2016 that cost less than $1000 – per person, twin-share in an inside cabin.


Short breaks year-round

P&O Cruises operates two-, three- and four-night SeaBreaks around Australia year round for less than $1000. You can choose from Food & Wine, Comedy, Classic and Sampler cruises. For example, Pacific Eden’s three-night Food & Wine cruise, round trip from Sydney departing on February 11, starts at $499; Pacific Dawn’s three-night sampler cruise, round-trip departing from Brisbane on June 10, starts at $678.

Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend and Princess Cruises’ Australia-based ships (Dawn, Sea and Sun Princess) also offer a selection of short cruises throughout the year for under $1000. Carnival Spirit’s four-night Mooloolaba cruise, round trip from Sydney departing on August 14, starts at $581; Sun Princess’ four-day Margaret River round trip departing from Fremantle on March 20, starts at $624.


Short summer breaks

Ships visiting Australia on the world voyages sail a series of one-way cruises that offer the chance to experience overseas lines close to home. For example, fares for Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth’s two-night cruise from Sydney to Brisbane, departing February 21, start at $949; Queen Victoria’s three-night Sydney to Brisbane cruise starts at $909; and two nights on Cunard’s flagship, Queen Mary 2, cruising from Sydney to Brisbane on March 11, costs from $684.

Royal Caribbean ships Explorer, Legend, Radiance and Voyager of the Seas, which are based in Australia for the summer, offer a range of cruises around Australia and to New Zealand from Sydney and Brisbane for less than $1000; a three-night cruise sampler on Explorer of the Seas, round trip from Sydney departing February 11, starts at $472; Radiance’s six-night Melbourne cruise, round trip from Sydney departing March 28, starts at $839.

Remember if you take a bargain-priced repositioning cruise – one that is not round trip from the departure port – you will have to factor in transport costs from either the departure or arrival port. Voyager of the Seas’ 14-night Sydney to Singapore cruise, departing April 16, starts at $996.


Pacific Islands

Australia-based ships operated by Carnival Cruise Line, P&O and Princess Cruises offer dozens of Pacific Island cruises year-round, ranging from seven to 14 days, that cost less than $1000. Royal Caribbean also has a huge selection of seven-, eight- and nine-night Pacific Island cruises between October and April, that come in under our $1000 budget.

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