Got limited holiday time? Make every second count on a short cruise
Gone are the days where cruises sailed for weeks on end. Today there are plenty of options if you only afford a short getaway. And the best part is you can still enjoy all the perks of cruising even if you’re tight on time.
Here are our tips on finding the best short cruise for your time and budget:
Do your research
October is the start of the official cruise season in Australia, and we’re about to see a huge number of ships arrive in our ports. Each ship brings an array of cruise styles, itineraries, and price points to choose from. Start by narrowing down the ships according to how many days you have available. This will give you a good idea of what’s on offer so you can easily compare.
Forget flights and hotels
One of the things that quickly sucks up your holiday time is flights and hotels both before and after your cruise. The best way to avoid this is to try and book a cruise that sets sail from your nearest city with a port. That way you won’t have to spend precious time or money on flights and accommodation.
Broaden your horizons
Just because you have a limited number of vacation days doesn't mean you have to stay in Australian waters. These days cruise ships will take you to New Zealand and back in a matter of days!
Book in advance
Once you've booked your cruise, take some time to work out which specialty restaurants, shore excursions and spa treatments you want to enjoy. By booking them online before you go, you can make sure every day counts. If there’s anything you can’t book online, be sure to do it as soon as your board. Then simply relax and enjoy your holiday.
Only got a few days’ holiday? Set sail with these short cruise specialists:
When it comes to short cruises, P&O Australia is up there with the best. Three of its ships – Pacific Pearl, Pacific Jewel and Pacific Dawn – operate cruises from around Australia sailing for as little as two nights. Choose from theme cruises (such as comedy or food and wine), special events (like Australia Day) or simply choose one that visits your must-see destination.
Sailing from Sydney, Carnival Legend and Carnival Spirit offer cruises of between three and four nights. If you have a long weekend to spare, the three-night cruises sail from Sydney to nowhere, leaving on either a Thursday or Friday and arriving back on either Sunday or Monday. Plenty of time to kick back and enjoy the luxuries on-board!
Only got two days to spare? Don’t fret – Princess Cruises is providing glorious short cruise experiences from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in 2015. If you can spare a couple more days, why not opt for the four-day trip from Melbourne to Auckland? That’s got to worth calling in sick for…