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There’s no doubt that cruising is taking over the travel industry. With thousands of itineraries to look at, it can soon get overwhelming, but there’s one thing that separates many of them apart and that’s the price. For me, when booking a holiday, my budget is the number one importance and like in many of my blog posts, I always try to find the best value for money. Sydney is the biggest market for cruises in Australia so it makes it a great base to depart from. Here are 5 cheap and affordable cruise holidays to prove to you that you can cruise on a budget!
Pacific Pearl 16-night cruise starts at $874 – P&O Cruises
This cruise is phenomenally priced. It works out to be $54 per day and that’s including all accommodation, meals, and entertainment. This cruise stops off in Norfolk Island, Nuku’Alofa, Vava’u, Bounty Mutiny, Suva, Port Denarau, Dravuni Island and Noumea. This is an amazing option for those who want an affordable cruise and it’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cheap cruise holidays from Sydney
Pacific Jewel 9-night cruise starts at $583 – P&O Cruises
Departing from Sydney, this cruise visits the Isle of Pines, Mare, Noumea and Mystery Island! For this 9 night spectacular holiday, it works out to be $64 a day (quad room). What I love about these cruises is that you actually get a decent amount of time at the destinations and you’re not whisked off the island within a couple of hours. For example, you arrive at the Isle of Pines at 8am and have until 5pm to be back on the boat which is a great amount of time to explore the island and get a grasp of the local culture.
Emerald Princess 14-night cruise starts at $926 – Princess cruises
Visiting 7 different locations such as Mare, Vila, Port Denarau, Suva, Savu Savu, Dravuni Island and Noumea, this is a fantastic cruise with the company Princess Cruises. The cruises to the South Pacific are the most popular from Sydney and you can see why – it’s all because of the amazing locations! Savusavu Bay used to be a giant volcano so periodically bubbling springs pop up from time to time in the town. Once you’ve visited places like these you will never want to leave, trust me! This cruise works out to be $66 a day and obviously includes accommodation, food, and entertainment.
Pacific Eden 15 night cruise starts at $731 – P&O Cruises
This probably has to be my top pick because this cruise visits Alotau, Madang, Vitu Islands, Rabaul, Kiriwina in Papua New Guinea! This cruise works out to be just $48 per day, which is the cheapest cruise I have seen! In my opinion, Papua New Guinea is going to be one of the top destinations in 2017. It’s an interesting place that has not been affected by mass tourism yet. Cruise liners are slowly adding Papua New Guinea to their itineraries so get in quick before everyone else does!
Explorer of the Sea 9 night cruise starts at $825 – Royal Caribbean
For $91 a day you will get this 9-night cruise that stops off in Vanuatu (Vila and Mystery Island) and New Caledonia (Noumea). Arriving at the islands around 8am and leaving at 5pm means you get quality time to enjoy the destination. Royal Caribbean is the most expensive cruise line, but it’s known for its quality cruises. They release their brand new ‘Mega Ship’ in December, which includes a skydiving simulator, 18 restaurants (including Jamie Oliver’s) and even a martini maker robot. Yup, that’s right!
With so many options tell me below which cruise you would pick. I am so astounded how affordable cruise holidays have become and I am really excited that this kind of travel is becoming popular. Remember, a cruise is not just for people who need a walking stick these days. So many younger travellers are now hoping on board!
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