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Boxing Day cruise deals for Australians in 2021

Secure your next sailing for less, with deals from your favourite lines this December. We're updating this page as quickly as we can find the deals!

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Tick a cruise off your 2021 bucket list for less with these Boxing Day cruise bargains.

Some of them have launched early, including $1 deposit deals from P&O. See the available deals below and check back into this page often - we'll be updating it as soon as we find deals.

Boxing Day flight deals for 2020:

Bookaway Bookaway
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Get 5% off site-wide with code

Available on select travel dates. Destinations include Thailand, Vietnam, Peru, Greece, Chile and more. T&Cs apply.

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Luxury Escapes Luxury Escapes

Up to 50% off Australia holiday packages

Available on select dates until December 2021, including over Christmas and New Year's Eve. Destinations include Adelaide, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Sydney, Cairns, Canberra, Hunter Valley and more. T&Cs apply.

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Uniworld Uniworld

Up to $4,000 off 2022 cruises and rail trips

Available on select travel dates when you pay in full within 3 days of booking. Destinations include Russia, Italy and more. T&Cs apply.

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Luxury Escapes Luxury Escapes

Up to 16% off 10-night all-inclusive New Zealand cruise with flight

Available on 19 February 2022. Includes one-way flight to Auckland and two-night pre-cruise hotel stay, onboard meals and more. Must purchase 2 packages. T&Cs apply.

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CruiseDirect CruiseDirect

Australia and New Zealand cruises from USD$228

Available on select dates in 2021-2022 with Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line and more. Sample rate is for a 3-night cruise with Carnival Cruises.

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CruiseDirect CruiseDirect

Up to 71% off holiday cruises

Available on select cruises in 2021 and 2022 with Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruises, MSC cruises and more. Destinations include Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Singapore, Caribbean, Bahamas and more. T&Cs apply.

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G Adventures G Adventures

Up to 15% off marine tours

Available on trips in 2021 and 2022. Destinations include Thailand, Galapagos, Cuba, Maldives, Greece, Croatia, Sri Lanka and more. T&Cs apply.

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Princess Cruise Lines Princess Cruise Lines

Up to $400 OBCs on worldwide cruises

Available on select voyages from 2021 - 2023 when you book a balcony, deluxe balcony, mini-suite or suite rooms. Destinations include Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Alaska, USA, Japan, Europe and more. T&Cs apply.

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Princess Cruise Lines Princess Cruise Lines

Up to $200 OBCs on cruises

Available on select voyages from 2021 - 2023 when you book an Interior or Oceanview stateroom. Destinations include Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Alaska, Japan, Europe and more. T&Cs apply.

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CruiseDirect CruiseDirect

3+ nights last-minute cruises from USD$180

Available on select travel dates with Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruises, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and more. Sample rate is for a 3-night Caribbean cruise with MSC. Destinations include Australia, Japan, Vietnam, Italy, Alaska and more. T&Cs apply.

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Cheap O Air Cheap O Air

Cruise from just USD$159

Book a cruise with CheapOair on select travel dates. Destinations include Bahamas, Caribbean, Mixico and more.

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Let's Ferry Let's Ferry

Greece: 20% off trips with Blue Star Ferries

Available on economy class on select travel dates. T&Cs apply.

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Let's Ferry Let's Ferry

Greece: Blue Star Ferries tickets from EUR€20

Available on select travel dates for economy class. T&Cs apply.

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TourRadar TourRadar

Up to 50% off worldwide cruises

Available on select travel dates to Croatia, Greece, Egypt, London, Turkey, Italy, France and more.

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TourRadar TourRadar

Up to 50% off river cruises

Available on select travel dates. Destinations include Egypt, London, Morocco, Jordan, Vietnam, Germany, Austria, Brussels and more.

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Popular Cruises coupon codes

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24 Mar 2021 Get 5% off site-wide with code Fin****
24 Mar 2021 Up to 50% off Australia holiday packages ********
8 Apr 2021 Up to $4,000 off 2022 cruises and rail trips ********
7 Apr 2021 Up to 16% off 10-night all-inclusive New Zealand cruise with flight ********
6 Apr 2021 Australia and New Zealand cruises from USD$228 ********

Frequently asked questions about Boxing Day cruise sales

How do I get the best Boxing Day cruise deals?

  • Be flexible. Booking dates far in advance can help you save heaps. If you're quite flexible with travel dates, book to travel outside of school holidays and long weekends which are generally priced higher.
  • Don't cruise solo. While travelling solo and meeting new people on a cruise can add an exciting element to your trip, the cheapest cruises are twin or quadruple share.
  • Consider the deal. Cruise lines can offer deals that can be as trivial as free ice cream. Instead, look out for offers with more value such as discounts on the cruise itself, free flights and onboard credit.
  • Stay inside. Interior cabins are much cheaper than exterior ones as they don't have the luxury of windows in the room. Remember, it's not too far to go up to a deck for those panoramic ocean views.
  • Travel last minute. Cruise lines want to fill empty rooms. Those that are still unsold close to departure date often become heavily discounted, and Boxing Day is the perfect time to take advantage of the remaining summer sailings.
  • Book with a cruise line that suits your needs and travel style. Some cruises have water slides and kids' clubs for young families. Others feature nightly cabaret shows and themed dinners for a more mature audience. Consult our best cruises for your needs page to ensure you're booking a cruise that's right for you.
  • Don't be loyal to a line. Not every cruise line offers the same deal on Boxing Day. Shopping around means you could score a cheaper sailing with a similar itinerary.
  • Look at the deposit and cancellation policy before you book. It's easy to get excited about an epic deal and book on the fly without considering future committments. But before you book, see how flexible the cancellation policy is on the off chance that your plans change.

Which cruise lines offer Boxing Day cruise deals?

  • P&O Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • MSC Cruises
  • Carnival Cruises
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Cunard Cruises
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • Uniworld
  • Viking Cruises
  • Azamara Cruises

How do this year's Boxing day sales compare to previous years?

Over Boxing Day we've seen cruise lines offering everything from discounted cruises and deposit fees to bonus onboard credit (OBC).

Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Carnival Cruises have all stepped up to the mark in the past.

In previous years, Celebrity has offered up to $800 in savings, up to US$400 in OBC and up to 50% off fares for additional guests while Carnival Cruises has dropped twin share domestic cruises to $399pp.

What should I consider when booking a Boxing Day cruise deal in 2020?

Although many tourism operators are up and running again, with COVID-19 still a worldwide pandemic, large-ship cruises aren't sailing like they used to. But that doesn't mean that you can't score a discount and travel when you're ready to do so.

  • Look for flexible booking options: Check out the terms and conditions for the cruise line before you book. Lines like P&O are offering credit if you change your ming about your sailing, as long as it's scheduled to depart before 30 November 2021. If you're booking a small ship sailing with tour companies like Contiki or G Adventures, you can usually use the deposit you paid toward a future trip - even if it's not another cruise.
  • Stay local: While there's no clear answer as to when borders will actually open or when cruises will be operating again, choosing a domestic cruise in Australia may reward you with a holiday sooner than a cruise to an international destination. As of time of publish, Australia's cruise ship ban is set to lift in March 2021.
  • Choose a small-ship sailing: Although it's not the traditional cruise ship experience, if you're itching to get out onto the water as soon as possible, there are some small sailing trips that are operating. Murray River sailings, which run up to a week long, are still operating along with diving and sailing trips in north Queensland, including Cairns and the Whitsundays.

Why should I book a cruise?

Booking a cruise for the first time is just as exciting as booking your tenth one. Cruises are a convenient way to travel because you only have to unpack once, you get to visit multiple destinations and ports without having to organise how to get from A to B, and almost everything is paid for before you step foot on the vessel. The great thing about having so many destination and cruise ship options is that you can find a cruise that suits your travel style and your desired travel route.

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