This is the year to tick a cruise off your bucket list. Here are some of the best places to book cruises online.
Whether your idea of a cruise is something along the lines of champagne at sunset, or you want to test your limits visiting some of the world’s most extreme environments, this guide has got you covered. All of the companies below have been in the biz for years– so they really know how to pull out all the stops to make your experience special. Take out the guesswork and compare the best places online to book a cruise.
12 places to find cheap cruises online
Search for a cruise deal or browse the sites below:
1. Flight Centre
So much more than just flights, Flight Centre recently look CruiseAbout completely under its wing and all the cruise deals from them will now be available directly through Flight Centre.
- Dedicated deals section where you can browse the best offers available
- Online chat, phone support and in-store assistance are all available if you need help with your cruise booking
- Pair your cruise deal with flight, accommodation, tour and other offers Flight Centre has.
2. Gate 1
Offering deals on both ocean and river cruises around the world, and combinations of cruises and land tours, Gate 1 offers even further bargains when you pair it with a packaged flight.
- Keep an eye on the deals section for bargains
- 24-hour assistance available
- Have the option to seamlessly package a cruise with a land tour or add on a flight
With more than 15 years of experience in the Australian cruise market, CruiseAway offers a huge range of sailings and deep discounts of up to 70%.
- Best cruises prices guaranteed
- Offers prices below the brochure rates on many sailings
- Cruises available from more than 70 lines including Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Princess, P&O, MSC, Norwegian and Viking River Cruises
Set sail all around the world aboard large ships loaded with facilities, from spas to swimming pools, with a luxury cruise line.
- Fleet of 18 ships that cruise all around the world
- Rooms for every budget, from interior cabins to suites with balconies
- Includes entertainment, all meals, room service and daily activities
6. Fred Olsen
This European cruise line offers a selection of sailings across Europe, the Caribbean, South and Central America and the Mediterranean.
- Visit destinations many lower-budget cruise lines don't, like above the Arctic Circle, without paying a premium
- Customer service available on the phone seven days a week
- Guaranteed you'll enjoy your cruise or they'll arrange for you to depart early
8. G Adventures
Embark on a cruise with a twist of adventure and combine the best of both worlds.
- Trips focus on getting off the beaten track and into a more authentic experience
- Commitment to sustainable travel
- Expedition cruises offer the chance of a lifetime to see some the world's most extreme and remote destinations
The youthful counterpart of Uniworld, helping adventure seekers explore Europe by riverboat.
- Sleek, contemproary cruise ships come with a social club for like-minded travellers to meet
- Unlike cruise liners, U By Uniworld's riverboats mean you'll dock right in the heart of the city where all the action is
- Optional land excursions and activities
A travel booking giant – the Expedia service covers hotels, flights, package holidays and cruises.
- Compare prices, availability and offers from the major cruise companies to find your ultimate voyage
- Book extra nights in hotels or flights to and from the departure point, all in one place
- Price match guarantee
Which of these agents offer book now pay later cruises?
- Expedia – Some cruise companies will allow you to book with just the deposit, if you book far enough in advance.
- G Adventures – You can hold an option without payment for 48 hours, but this is not a confirmed booking.
- U By Uniworld - Pay a 10% deposit and pay the rest off 120 days before sailing.
Which of these agents offer Celebrity Cruises?
- Flight Centre
- Cruise Direct
Where can I compare cruises from different companies?
- CruiseAway – Search through thousands of available sailings from more than 70 cruiselines
- Flight Centre - Look at offers from more than a dozen cruise lines sailing around the world.
- Expedia – Expedia is a leading comparison site for travel services where you can compare cruises from many different companies
- BYOjet – BYOjet is an Australian based travel agent that compares a range of cruises all over the world
- CheapAir – An international travel agent and comparison resource for flights, hotels, car rental and cruises
- OneTravel – OneTravel guarantees you will find the best price on cruises from a range of different companies
- Cruise Direct – Browse through options from more than a dozen lines
Which agents offer book and go and last minute cruises?
- CruiseAway – Browse through the 'Hot Deals' section for the latest sales, including discounts, onboard credit offers and 2-for-1 sailings
- Flight Centre - Check the latest cruise offers and speak with an agent about adding on hotel stays or flights to your cruise price for the best offer.
- Contiki – Check the website or last minute and seasonal deals
- Expedia – Expedia has one of the largest ranges of travel services available for comparison online. Click ‘last minute’ to find the best deal
- CheapAir – Part of their commitment to cheap travel is offering last minute deals on cruises worldwide
- G Adventures – Click on ‘Specials’ to go to the deals page. Click ‘Last Minute Deals’, save, and be ready to go at a moment’s notice
- OneTravel – OneTravel partners with cheapcruises.com and offers up to 80% off unbooked cabins
- Intrepid – A dedicated last-minute deals section with up to 25% off tour packages is one of many reasons we love Intrepid
- Peregrine – Go to the Last Minute Offers section of Peregrine's booking site to see where you go in the very near future
- Cruise Direct – Check out the last-minute section for new offers and deals on sailings
Which sites have cheap cruises?
One of the best ways to get a good deal on your cruise is to compare your holiday dates against a range of cruise companies using a booking agent (such as CruiseAway, Expedia, OneTravel, BYOjet, or Helloworld) that will search the cruises available for those dates and then list them by price.
Huge discounts can often be found if you book less than a few months before you plan to travel. OneTravel partners with Cheapcruises.com to offer this service – up to 80% off unsold cabins.