Best Boxing Day cruise deals for Australians in 2022

Secure your next sailing for less, with deals from your favourite lines this December. We'll be updating this guide with new deals as they come.

Ready to set sail? See the Boxing Day cruise deals

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Tick a cruise off your 2022 bucket list for less with these Boxing Day cruise bargains. Some of our top picks from this year's sales include $1 deposits from P&O with up to $300 onboard credit, 2-for-1 sailing tours from TravelTalk, including Croatia sailings, and up to $250 off plus up to 60% off the second passenger with Royal Caribbean.

Our top picks: Boxing Day cruise deals for 2021

MSC Cruises MSC Cruises

Up to $400 OBC on worldwide cruises

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Uniworld Uniworld

Up to $5,000 off all-inclusive river cruises

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CruiseDirect CruiseDirect

Up to 30% off with Royal Caribbean cruises

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Princess Cruise Lines Princess Cruise Lines

From $247: Australia cruises in 2022-2023

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CruiseDirect CruiseDirect

Up to 45% off Australia and New Zealand cruises

Princess Cruise Lines Princess Cruise Lines

From $247: Australia cruises in 2022-2023

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Princess Cruise Lines Princess Cruise Lines

Up to $200 OBCs on worldwide cruises

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Priceline.com Priceline.com

Up to 30% off Royal Caribbean cruises

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CruiseDirect CruiseDirect

Up to 30% off with Royal Caribbean cruises

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CruiseDirect CruiseDirect

Free drinks and perks with Princess Cruises

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CruiseDirect CruiseDirect

Free drinks with Celebrity Cruises

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CruiseDirect CruiseDirect

Up to 35% off worldwide cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines

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Uniworld Uniworld

Up to 10% off worldwide cruises

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Uniworld Uniworld

Up to $1,500 off Europe cruise

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Uniworld Uniworld

Up to $5,000 off all-inclusive river cruises

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MSC Cruises MSC Cruises

Up to $400 OBC on worldwide cruises

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Bookaway Bookaway

Macau ferry tickets from USD$26

Bookaway Bookaway

New Zealand ferry tickets from USD$42

Let's Ferry Let's Ferry

Greece: Blue Star Ferries tickets from EUR€20

CruiseDirect CruiseDirect

3+ nights last-minute cruises from USD$180


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 commitments. 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?

In the past 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 2021?

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 your cancellation fees to be returned to you as a Future Cruise Credit, as long as you cancel at least 14 days before your departure date. 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 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 17 February 2022.
  • 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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