Do you want take a cruise holiday but don’t think you can afford it? Cruising is one of the most cost-effective ways to escape since the fare includes your accommodation, food, entertainment and transportation, so even if your budget is tight there are plenty of options to consider. Here are five great examples.
Sydney to Mornington Peninsula
This is one of P&O’s new SeaBreaks, a four-night round-trip cruise to Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. On board, you’ll have sea days en route and back to enjoy the features of the newly refurbished Pacific Dawn including the Pantry casual dining, P&O’s largest spa at sea and the adrenaline-packed P&OEdge activities. At your destination, you’ll also have a full day to explore the region’s fine wines and cuisine or relax at Peninsula Hot Springs, one of three natural hot springs in Australia.
Need to know: Pacific Jewel Departs from Sydney on March 4, 2016.
Queensland from Sydney
If a beach-style holiday is more appealing, consider this eight-night round-trip cruise from Sydney. You’ll travel on Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas for eight nights, with stops at Brisbane and Airlie Beach, and scenic cruising past Willis Island in the Great Barrier Reef. There are also four relaxing sea days to experience the ship and its features including a 3D cinema, three pools, an ice-skating rink and multiple dining options.
Need to know: Voyager of the Seas departs from Sydney on March 5, 2016.
Melbourne to Kangaroo Island
This four-night round-trip SeaBreak from Melbourne is on Pacific Eden, one of P&O’s newer ships. Kangaroo Island is located off the coast of Adelaide, a rugged wilderness where you’ll spend the day quad biking, getting up-close-and-personal with the local seals or wine-tasting. Back on board, Pacific Eden has plenty of attractions for guests to while away two sea days, from 16 dining experiences to a top-deck pool with a retractable roof.
Need to know: Pacific Eden departs from Melbourne on March 7, 2016.
South Pacific from Brisbane
Legend of the Seas heads to Vanuatu and New Caledonia on this eight-night round-trip itinerary, with four days of cruising, and three days in port. On the menu is duty-free shopping in Vila, exploring French culture in Noumea and snorkelling or kicking back on Mystery Island. Aboard this Royal Caribbean ship there’s plenty to enjoy including six pools and whirlpools, eight bars and lounges, rock climbing and a Vitality Spa.
Need to know: Legend of the Seas departs from Brisbane on April 3, 2016.
Tasmania from Sydney
Spend five nights onboard Carnival Legend on this round-trip cruise from Sydney, which ventures south to the Apple Isle. Besides two relaxing sea days, you’ll also have two full days in port; one in the cultural capital of Hobart, and the other in historic Port Arthur. A sister ship to Carnival Spirit, Legend will wow you with its line-up of features; a Green Thunder waterslide, a RedFrog Pub, two pools, an adults-only Serenity deck and more.
Need to know: Carnival Legend departs from Sydney on April 5, 2016.