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:

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Up to 48% off Australia holiday packages

Expires 31 Dec 2021
Available on select dates until December 2022. Destinations include Adelaide, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Sydney, Cairns, Canberra, Hunter Valley and more.
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Up to $200 OBCs on worldwide cruises with Princess cruises

Expires 31 Jul 2021
Available on select dates in 2022 and 2023. Destinations include Tasmania, Queensland, New Zealand and more.
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Free drinks and Wi-Fi on cruises

Expires 30 Sep 2021
Plus get flexible bookings on cruises until 30 September 2022. Destinations include Bahamas and Caribbean. Cruises depart from Miami and Orlando. T&Cs apply.
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Free balcony upgrades + kids sail free on cruises

Expires 25 Jul 2021
Available on select 3+ night sailings from August - September 2021. Destinations include Caribbean and Bahamas. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 30% off cruises with Norwegian Cruise Line

Expires 31 Jul 2021
Available on select cruises from December 2021 - December 2022. Destinations include Bermuda, Bahamas, Mexico and more.
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Up to USD$1,100 OBC worldwide cruises with MSC Cruises

Expires 31 Jul 2021
Available on select travel dates until 2022. Destinations include USA, France, Spain and more.
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Up to USD$1,100 OBC + free drinks with Celebrity Cruises

Expires 31 Jul 2021
Available from October 2021 - December 2022. Destinations include Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Greece and more.
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Up to USD$1,000 OBCs on worldwide cruises

Expires 31 Jul 2021
Available on select Princess Cruises voyages from September 2021 - November 2022. Destinations include Mexico, USA, Alaska, London, Canada, Greece and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to USD$1,000 OBCs + free upgrades with Carnival Cruises

Expires 31 Jul 2021
Available on select cruises until August 2022. Destinations include Bahamas, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii and more. Plus secure your trip with $50 deposits. T&Cs apply.
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Brisbane: 7-night Barrier Reef cruise from $849

Expires 14 Sep 2021
Available on 30 July 2022 with P&O cruises. Includes onboard meals and up to $200 OBC. T&Cs apply.
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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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Sydney cruises from $248

Expires 31 Jul 2021
Available on cruises in 2022-2023. Destinations include Brisbane, Adelaide and more. Sample fare is for a 2-day cruise from Sydney-Melbourne.
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Up to $400 shore excursion credits on cruises

Expires 31 Aug 2021
Available on select cruises until November 2022. Destinations include Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, Japan, Alaska and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to $1,500 off 2023 cruises

Expires 30 Sep 2021
Available on select cruises to France, Danube, Paris, Portugal and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 10% off advance purchases

Expires 30 Sep 2021
Available on cruises in 2023 when you pay in full within 3 days of booking. Destinations include France, Amsterdam, Brussels, Budapest and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to $4,000 off 2022 cruises and rail trips

Expires 30 Sep 2021
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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Up to $1,500 off Europe cruises

Expires 30 Sep 2021
Available on select voyages in 2022. Destinations include France, Prague, Amsterdam, Paris and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 10% off 2022 cruises

Expires 31 Jul 2021
Available on select travel dates when you pay in full within 3 days of booking. Destinations include France, Amsterdam, Paris, Egypt, Vietnam, Cambodia and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 71% off holiday cruises

Expires 31 Jul 2021
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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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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$1,199: 7-night Queensland cruise from Brisbane

Expires 31 Aug 2021
Available on 7 March 2022 and includes onboard meals. Plus get $100 shore excursion spending money. T&Cs apply.
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Santorini ferry tickets from EUR€33

Expires 31 Jul 2021
Available on select travel dates in 2021.
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Greece: Chania ferry tickets from EUR€37

Expires 31 Jul 2021
Available on select travel dates in 2021 with Blue Star Ferries.
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Greece: 20% off trips with Blue Star Ferries

Available on economy class on select travel dates. T&Cs apply.
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Greece: Blue Star Ferries tickets from EUR€20

Available on select travel dates for economy class. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 50% off river cruises

Verified 5 days ago
Available on select travel dates. Destinations include Egypt, London, Morocco, Jordan, Vietnam, Germany, Austria, Brussels and more.
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Up to 50% off worldwide cruises

Verified 5 days ago
Available on select travel dates to Croatia, Greece, Egypt, London, Turkey, Italy, France and more.

Popular Cruises coupon codes

Last checked Code description Code
2 Jul 2021 Up to 48% off Australia holiday packages ********
29 Jun 2021 Up to $200 OBCs on worldwide cruises with Princess cruises ********
14 Jul 2021 Free drinks and Wi-Fi on cruises ********
14 Jul 2021 Free balcony upgrades + kids sail free on cruises ********
8 Jul 2021 Up to 30% off cruises with Norwegian Cruise Line ********

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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