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5 best Black Friday 2021 cruise deals to save on future sailings


Up to 50% off deposits, $400 onboard credit, 60% off second guests, flexible bookings and more await.

Black Friday is right around the corner, but a bunch of cruise lines have already hit the deck running.

With cruising hopefully set to make a swift and safe return in 2022, you can find a cheap deal here and have something to look forward to.

There are plenty of local trips, sailings for 2022 and beyond, and many cruises have flexible booking options.

So what are you waiting for? All aboard and let's see what's on offer!

Royal Caribbean: Save up to $250, 60% off your second guest and receive up to US$400 onboard credit

Royal Caribbean has some of the largest ships in the world, and you know what they say about big ships? Big savings! This year, Royal Caribbean is offering up to $250 instantly off your booking and US$400 to spend onboard. You also get 60% off for your loved one or friend, which is good because who wants to go cruising the high seas alone?

In 2022, Royal Caribbean will be launching its Quantum Class ships from Brisbane and Sydney. They're an ocean-sized amount of fun featuring FlowRider surf simulators, dodgem cars, pool decks and amazing live shows.

  • Sale period: Now until Monday 30 November.
  • Cruise dates: Various 2022 sailings.
  • Cruise with confidence: Book before 17 December 2021. You can cancel up until 48 hours before you sail to receive future cruise credit to use by 30 April 2023. You'll just need to rebook by 30 April 2022.
Book with CruiseDirect

Princess Cruises: Up to 50% off deposits plus up to $200 onboard credit

Princess Cruises is crashing the Black Friday party with plenty of options that will have you feeling like royalty as you sail the seven seas.

Score 50% off deposits and up to $200 onboard credit for cruises departing from March 2022 onwards.

Destinations include Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Canada, Alaska and more, which means you can choose from staying close to home, island hopping or exploring colder waters in the Great White North.

  • Sale period: Now until Monday 30 November.
  • Cruise dates: March 2022 onwards.
  • Cruise with confidence: All bookings made before 31 December 2021 for travel by 30 April 2022 come with a "Book with Confidence" policy. This lets you cancel up to 30 days before your sailing to get your money back as future cruise credit to be used by 31 December 2022. This means not every sailing available will be protected under this guarantee.
Book with Princess Cruises.

RedBalloon: 10% off sitewide plus up to 30% off select experiences

Looking for a smaller boat or a shorter trip? There are dozens of options available on RedBalloon. You can enjoy whale-watching experiences, sightseeing cruises and dinners on private yachts. If you can dream it up, it probably exists on RedBalloon. This year, the experience site is offering 10% off sitewide using this code when spending a minimum of $175 on eligible activities.

  • Sale period: Now until 11:59pm AEDT 29 November 2021.
  • Cruise dates: Various.
  • Cruise with confidence: RedBalloon's experience vouchers are valid for 5 years. You can buy them now and not have to use them until 2026. Just one thing to keep in mind is that while the voucher credit will be preserved, RedBalloon only guarantees the price for 18 months. After that, you may need to pay extra for the experience you booked.
Book with RedBalloon

Flight Centre: Worldwide cruises with flights from $1,290 plus up to 40% off river cruises

Flight Centre is joining the fray again this year. Its Black Friday sale has Australian cruises available for as low as $116 per night – based on the Short Break - 80's Cruise from Brisbane, which starts at $349pp.

If it's a complete package you're after, the travel agent has Fly, Stay and Cruise packages available from $1,290pp. You'll find sailings available from experienced cruise lines including P&O Cruises, MSC Cruises, APT and more.

Sail Australia, Europe, Hawaii, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam and Cambodia.

  • Sale period: Now until midnight 1 December 2021.
  • Cruise dates: September 2022 to November 2022.
  • Cruise with confidence: The best part about booking through an agent is you can discuss options with them.

MSC Cruises: Up to 45% off worldwide voyages

Hoping to return to the waters of the Mediterranean or cruise the Caribbean? Here's your chance. MSC Cruises is offering up to 45% off its 7-night cruises, including trips on the MSC Seaside from Genoa (sailing the Mediterranean), the MSC Grandiosa from Copenhagen (sailing the Baltic Sea) and the MSC Seashore cruising from Miami to the Caribbean.

Fares start as low as $249pp, which is an absolute steal. For this, you can score a 3-night comedy cruise from Sydney. This price is based on a quadruple share, so why not bring the family along for the ride? After all, everyone deserves a good laugh.

  • Sale period: 12:01am AEDT 26 November until 11:59pm AEDT 3 December 2021.
  • Cruise dates: Various 2022 sailings.
  • Cruise with confidence: All passengers are subject to COVID-19 health screening before boarding. Social distancing measures are in place throughout the ship.
Book with MSC Cruises

The big day is still on its way and there are plenty of more deals to come. Keep watch on our travel deals page for all the latest Black Friday deals.

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