6 best Black Friday cruise deals that can save Australians the big bucks

Posted: 27 November 2020 12:01 am

Up to $850 off, $99 deposits, free upgrades, flexible bookings and so much more.

Black Friday might not officially start until tomorrow (27 November) but a stack of cruises have jumped the gun releasing deals early.

If you've been missing life on the seas or are seeking a cheap 3-day break, these deals will sort you out.

Most of them travel around Australia, are available for trips in 2021 and 2022 and have flexible booking options. So you can change your sail dates without penalty. How good is that?

P&O Cruises: Sailings from $249pp

3-night breaks, Queensland coast stunners, 10-night explorers around Australia's west coast and trips into the South Pacific. They've all been slashed in P&O's Black Friday sale.

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: Now until midnight Monday 30 November 2020.
  • Cruise dates: Various 2021 and 2022 sailings.
  • Cruise with confidence: Book before 3 March 2021 and sail before 30 November 2021 and you can cancel your trip for free up to 75 days prior to sailing without penalty. P&O Cruises.
  • Book: Direct through P&O Cruises.

Royal Caribbean: Save up to $850, plus nab 60% off second guest fares

Royal Caribbean's fleet is made up of some of the largest cruise ships in the world so you'll have plenty of room to swan around on your holiday. Its Black Friday sale can save you hundreds. Up to $850 to be exact.

Plus, if you bring a mate or loved one they'll get up to 60% off their fare. And, if you bring kids they'll sail for as little as $19 per day with you. Mind, they must be the 3rd or 4th passenger in a cabin with you and be 12 years old or younger.

Trips start from $400 per person for a 2-night sampler cruise.

  • Sale period: Now until Monday 30 November.
  • Cruise dates: Various 2021 and 2022 sailings.
  • Cruise with confidence: Book before 31 January 2020 and you can cancel up until 48 hours before you sail to receive future cruise credit to use within a year.
  • Book: Direct or through CruiseDirect.

Princess Cruises: $99 deposits, up to 40% off sailings and free stateroom upgrades

You're bound to feel like royalty on the seas when you take advantage of the epic deals Princess Cruises has in store. Its Black Friday sale starts at the stroke of midnight on Friday 27 November and runs for a short 24 hours only.

Of the deals, you can score $99 deposits, up to 40% off sailings on select cruises in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, and room upgrades.

To explain: if you book an interior room you'll be moved up to a balcony. Book a balcony and you'll be upgraded to a deluxe balcony. The top tier? Book a deluxe balcony and score a mini-suite.

Set your clocks because this is going to be a good one.

  • Sale period: 27 November only.
  • Cruise dates: October 2021 - December 2021.
  • Cruise with confidence: All bookings made before 31 January 2021 for travel by 31 October 2021 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 within 12 months of your original sailing. Or, by 1 May 2022, whichever comes first. As your sailing must depart by 31 October 2021, only some cruises in this sale will come with this flexibility.
  • Book: Direct or through CruiseDirect.

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

Big ships not your style? Short and small sailings are a dime a dozen on RedBalloon with everything from private yacht and sunset trips to whale watching and diving expeditions. The experience site (read, experts) have a blanket 10% off site-wide using this code when you spend $150+. Select experiences have also been slashed by 30% giving you even more bang for your buck.

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Flight Centre: Cruise from $67 per day

The Aussie travel agency is once again joining in on the Black Friday and Cyber Weekend shenanigans. Its Big Red Sale, which started on Thursday 26 November, has cruise deals from as little as $67 per day.

This is based on an 11-night (12-day) South Pacific cruise on P&O which starts at $799pp.

There's a mix of Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, European and even an Antarctica cruise on sale here across various cruise liners. This includes P&O, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Ocean Endeavour Expedition Cruises giving you heaps of choice.

  • Sale period: Until 30 November 2020.
  • Cruise dates: Various 2021 and 2022 dates.
  • Cruise with confidence: You can discuss any flexibility options with your Flight Centre agent.
  • Book: Direct through Flight Centre online

Carnival Cruises: Cruises from $306 per person

If family friendly cruising is what you're after, you can't go past Carnival. These fun-filled cruises have it all from waterparks to kids' clubs.

Over Black Friday the liner has "seriously low rates" running across its popular itineraries. Choose from a short 3-day getaway on the ocean to a trips up and down the Aussie coastline or all the way out to the South Pacific Islands.

Those short 3-day stunners start at just $306 per person, or $102 per day. That's for a two-share room. Need a quick break? Don't we all.

  • Sale period: Until midnight 30 November 2020.
  • Cruise dates: Travel throughout 2021.
  • Cruise with confidence: Can be purchased from $49 per person. Altnernatively, it may be worth considering travel insurance.
  • Book: Direct through Carnival Cruises or through CruiseDirect.

With Black Friday hours away, there are still plenty of cruise sales to make their way out of the woodwork. Keep an eye on our travel deals page for all the latest.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner. If you want more travel bargains, check out the latest travel deals and flight sales.

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