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Best Budget Cruises for Aussies
Cheap cruises from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth are helping to boost the number of Australians discovering this great-value holiday. The local cruise season grows longer each year, and with international ships also sailing to Australia, there are lots of cabins to fill, which means plenty of good deals if you know where to look. To help in your search, we've come up with three categories for those looking to make their dollar stretch further -- budget cruise lines, budget itineraries and budget seasons. With a savvy strategy, you can even find affordable options on upscale cruise lines, so let's start shopping for the best possible cruise within your budget.
Cruise Pricing by Destination
You've decided it's time to take that cruise to Alaska (or the Caribbean or the Mediterranean) you keep hearing about. But you're not sure how much it's going to cost you. The Mediterranean sounds awfully expensive, but what about Alaska? Perhaps a New England and Canada cruise would be more affordable? Cruise pricing is never static; no matter which region you choose to sail, prices ebb and flow. Cruise line (and even the specific ship within the line, since newer vessels tend to command more), time of year, length of trip and, of course, cabin type are all factors that affect the price of a cruise. Plus, what's included -- or not included -- determines the overall affordability of any given sailing. But some destinations are generally more affordable than others.