Cruise Deals - Australia

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Top Pick

 Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas

The deal: One of history’s greatest opera singers, Jose Carreras, will perform on Radiance of the Seas as part of his farewell world tour in 2017. Bringing together a stellar cast from musical theatre, opera and classical music, Carreras will headline the seven-night Bravo! – Cruise of the Performing Arts’ cruise, which will also feature other leading artists and acts including Australian singers Marina Prior and David Hobson, with TV identity, Ray Martin, onboard as a special guest. Departing Sydney on 31 October 2017, the cruise will visit the French-flavoured port of Noumea and the idyllic Isle of Pines and feature theme nights, autograph signings with the stars and a passenger choir led by noted choral conductor Jonathan Welch. Inside cabins are priced from AU$2,614 per person twin share.

Why we like it: With over 36 performers onboard, including Jose Carreras, this is sure to be a memorable cruise for music lovers.

The catch: In the unlikely event that any band or performer cancels or cannot fulfil their performance obligations, no refunds will be offered to passengers.

Book here: Cruiseco

Fine Print: This offer includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All offers and prices are subject to change and availability at time of enquiry. The cruise itinerary may be subject to change and will be confirmed at time of booking. Prices are based on maximum occupancy and are subject to the Tour Operator's terms and conditions. Other tour operator charges may apply. Other restrictions may apply.

Last Minute Cruise

 P&O’s Pacific Aria

P&O’s Pacific Aria

The deal: Explore the South Pacific on a seven-night round-trip cruise from Brisbane onboard Pacific Aria. With ports including Noumea and Mare in New Caledonia and Port Vila in Vanuatu, this school holiday cruise is a tropical treat. Priced from AU$699 per person twin share for an inside stateroom, this cruise departs Brisbane on 2 July 2017.

Why we like it: This is a great price for a school holiday cruise on one of P&O’s most popular ships.

The catch: With a deal this good, the child allocation is probably going to sell out sooner rather than later.

Book here: P&O Cruises

Fine Print: This offer includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All offers and prices are subject to change and availability at time of enquiry. The cruise itinerary may be subject to change and will be confirmed at time of booking. Prices are based on maximum occupancy and are subject to the Tour Operator's terms and conditions. Other tour operator charges may apply. Other restrictions may apply.

Solo Cruise Deal

The deal: Enjoy a taste of Spain on this 13-night transatlantic cruise from Barcelona to Orlando on Norwegian Epic. This well-priced itinerary is perfect for those who enjoy the romance and relaxation of being at sea. A single-occupancy cabin is priced from AU$1,799 with one departure on 5 November 2017.

Why we like it: Single travellers are especially well catered for on this ship with an exclusive lounge called The Living Room where studio cabin guests can meet, mix and mingle with other singles.

The catch: This itinerary only includes two ports – Granada in Spain and St Thomas in the Virgin Islands – which may not be enough for those who enjoying exploring onshore.

Book here: Norwegian Cruise Line

Fine Print: This offer includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All offers and prices are subject to change and availability at time of enquiry. The cruise itinerary may be subject to change and will be confirmed at time of booking. Prices are based on maximum occupancy and are subject to the Tour Operator's terms and conditions. Other tour operator charges may apply. Other restrictions may apply.

All-Inclusive Luxury Cruise Deal

Azamara’s Azamara Quest

Azamara’s Azamara Quest

The deal: Set sail from Miami for a 10-night round-trip cruise to Cuba which includes a call to Royal Caribbean’s private island of Labadee in Haiti, two overnights in Havana and maiden calls to Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos in Cuba. Azamara has created unique shore excursions so travellers can enjoy Cuba from sunup to sundown – exploring historic sites by day, followed by mojitos and sultry Cuban music in the evening. Priced from AU$3,599 per person twin share, this cruise departs Miami on 9 March 2018.

Why we like it: Overnight stays give you time to experience Cuba at night when the cobblestone streets are filled with music from salsa clubs, the scent of hand rolled Cuban cigars, and delicious local cuisine.

The catch: Flights to Miami are not included with this offer which could add significantly to the cost of this deal.

Book here: Azamara Club Cruises

Fine Print: This offer includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All offers and prices are subject to change and availability at time of enquiry. The cruise itinerary may be subject to change and will be confirmed at time of booking. Prices are based on maximum occupancy and are subject to the Tour Operator's terms and conditions. Other tour operator charges may apply. Other restrictions may apply.

River Cruise Deal

 Explore Russia

Viking River Cruises’ Viking Ingvar

The deal: Discover Russia’s unique history and culture on this 12-night Waterways of the Tsars cruise which travels from Moscow to St Petersburg via Yaroslavl, Kuzino and Mandrogy. Tour iconic landmarks such as Moscow’s Kremlin and Red Square, and Catherine Palace and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, and experience traditional towns such as Uglich. Priced from AU$8,299 per person twin share, there are multiple departures available from July to October 2017.

Why we like it: Passengers can save up to $3,000 per person and fly free to Europe with this deal.

The catch: Some departures cost $1,000 more per person than the rate quoted above so budget conscious travellers should choose their dates accordingly.

Book here: Viking River Cruises

Fine Print: This offer includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All offers and prices are subject to change and availability at time of enquiry. The cruise itinerary may be subject to change and will be confirmed at time of booking. Prices are based on maximum occupancy and are subject to the Tour Operator's terms and conditions. Other tour operator charges may apply. Other restrictions may apply.

Expedition Cruise Deal

APT’s Caledonian Sky

APT’s Caledonian Sky

The deal: With its secluded coves, spectacular waterfalls and fascinating rock formations, the Kimberley Coast offers cruisers plenty to explore, from King George Falls, where the river plunges 80 metres over sandstone cliffs, to viewing the tidal phenomenon of Horizontal Falls on a thrilling fast boat ride. This 24-night cruise-tour travels from Broome to Darwin and includes highlights such as sunset drinks overlooking the Bungle Range, a dip in the thermal Zebedee Springs and a helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls, plus a 10-night cruise on Caledonian Sky. The cruise-tour is priced from AU$21,990 per person twin share and includes lodge accommodation, a 10-night cruise, meals, beverage packages, sightseeing as noted on each itinerary, transfers, port charges and national park fees.

Why we like it: MS Caledonian Sky has up to ten Zodiac vessels, and up to ten Expedition Team members, for a maximum 110 guests, ensuring ample opportunities to explore and learn both aboard and onshore. Free flights are also available for bookings made prior to 31 July 2017.

The catch: While this trip is sure to be amazing, it is not exactly cheap at over $40K per couple.

Book here: APT

Fine Print: This offer includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All offers and prices are subject to change and availability at time of enquiry. The cruise itinerary may be subject to change and will be confirmed at time of booking. Prices are based on maximum occupancy and are subject to the Tour Operator's terms and conditions. Other tour operator charges may apply. Other restrictions may apply.

By Tiana Templeman, Cruise Critic contributor

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