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Cruise for less than the cost of living in Sydney

Rent money is dead money – so spend it on a holiday instead!

With Sydney’s house prices still on the rise and the affordability of renting a home hovering at crisis levels with the median rental price for a house at a whopping $608 per week according to Numbeo, the best option may just be to pack up and ship out. Literally. Especially considering that $608 doesn't get you any food, drink or entertainment.

Yes, you will need to pay for the transfer to the port or the flight to the cruise departure location (some of these do leave from Brisbane), but just consider them your typical moving expenses. Moving vans are expensive, you know!


Don't believe us? Here are cruises that are actually cheaper than living in Sydney

All “cheaper than” comparisons used are based on Numbeo as at August 2017.

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7-night New Caledonia and Vanuatu

Hop the dots in the Pacific Ocean from Vanuatu’s finest beaches to New Caledonia’s paradises for less than a week’s living expenses.

  • Cruise line: P&O Cruises
  • Price: $627 per person on 3 or 24 February
  • Cheaper than: Living in Sydney

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7-night Queensland Coast

Make this cruise ship your new home for a week and spend your days dining, drinking and sleeping for free as you make your way up Australia’s eastern coastline stopping by Hamilton Island, Willis Island and Cairns.

  • Cruise line: P&O Cruises
  • Price: $649 per person on 2 February
  • Cheaper than: Living in Sydney

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7-night Papua New Guinea

Let this cruise take you away from that expensive Sydney lifestyle and down to the southern coastline of our nation where Eden and Papua New Guinea await.

    • Cruise line: P&O Cruises
    • Price: $649 per person on 16 September
    • Cheaper than: Living in Sydney

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7-night Australia’s Southeast

Discover our island neighbours as you travel from Sydney to Melbourne, Hobart and Tasmania on this relaxing and affordable cruise.

    • Cruise line: Royal Caribbean
    • Price: $795 per person on 12 March
    • Cheaper than: Living in Sydney

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Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia

Explore four countries from Sydney to New Caledonia, Fiji and Vanuatu on this 14-night relaxing cruise.

    • Cruise line: Royal Caribbean
    • Price: $1,499 (or $749 per week) on 25 February
    • Cheaper than: Living in Sydney

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$1 deposits + up to $900 in onboard credit

Available cruises departing after 27 August 2019 to the Whitsundays, Queensland coast, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji and more. Onboard credit amount depends on the length of your cruise and cabin booked.

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8-day Europe river cruises from $2,499

Cruise through Germany, Netherlands, Hungary and see Europe's Christmas markets on select dates until December 2019.

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Get 2-for-1 rates on last-minute cruises

Valid for travel until December 2019, including over Christmas. Destinations include Venice, Italy, France, Japan, South Africa and more. T&Cs apply.

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50% off deposit + Up to $500 OBC with Holland America cruises

Valid for travel on select dates in 2020-2021. Includes $25 beverage card for kids, complimentary pinnacle grill dinner and more. Destinations include Auckland, Sydney, Christchurch, Tasmania and more. T&Cs apply.

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2-for-1 on select sailing and cruise tours

Biggest discounts are available on Sri Lanka sailing tours and France river cruises. Also save up to 20% on select Antarctica tours.

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$1 deposit and up to $900 OBC with P&O

Valid for cruises until 23 December 2019. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Noumea, Port Douglas, Sunshine Coast and more. T&Cs apply.

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USA: 19-day Celebrity Eclipse cruise + hotels with return flights from $3,499

Valid for travel at 13 March 2020. Destinations include Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Mexico to San Diego. Includes accommodation at Chile, return flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, daily meals and more. Price is per person twin share. T&Cs apply.

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20-night USA cruises + flights from $3,799

Valid for travel on select dates in 2020. Destinations include Honolulu, Hawaii and more. Includes flights from Sydney, accommodation, daily meals and more. T&Cs apply.

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Kids sail free with MSC cruises

Kids under 11 years old sail free on select cruises, including over Christmas. Kids under 3 years old receive free bottle warmers, bouncing chairs, strollers and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 50% off Europe cruises with free drinks and Wi-Fi

Valid for travel on select dates in 2019 - 2020, including over Christmas. Destinations include Barcelona, Civitavecchia, Croatia, Amsterdam, St. Petersburg and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $2,200 off cruises

Valid for travel on select dates in 2019 - 2020 including Christmas season. Destinations include Europe, France, Asia and more. T&Cs apply.

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$500 off last-minute Europe cruises

Valid for travel on select dates between August - October 2019. Destinations include Danube, Budapest, Regensurg, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and more. T&Cs apply.

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Winter sale: 8-day Europe cruises from $399

Valid for travel on select dates in November 2019. Destinations include France, Spain, Italy and more. T&Cs apply.

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10-night P&O cruises from $1,329

Valid for travel on select dates in 2021 departing from Sydney. Destinations include Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Port Vila and more. Includes meals and more. T&Cs apply.

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Destination International Destination International

13-day Alaska & San Francisco cruise + hotels with return flights from $2,999

Valid for travel at 10 May 2020. Includes return flights from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane, accommodation at Whitcomb Hotel, daily meals and more. Price is per person twin share. T&Cs applies.

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7-night Caribbean cruises from $359 + free unlimited drinks

Valid for travel between September 2019 - April 2020. Destinations include Miami, Florida, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Bahamas, United States and more. Includes free Wi-Fi, free drinks, activities and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 20% off MSC shore excursions

Discount applies for pre-bookings for up to 4 days prior the cruise departure date. Includes multilingual guides, expert culinary experiences and more. T&Cs apply.

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Cudo Cudo

4-day Sydney cruises from $274

Valid for departure on 22 November 2019 with P&O cruises. Available on the Pacific Explorer departing from Sydney. T&Cs apply.

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$676 off luxury South Pacific cruise w/ flights

Departs on 1 June 2020 and includes seven-night cruise, flights to Cairns and returning from New Calendonia and gourmet meals.

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8-day Asia cruise with hotel + return flights from $1,499

Valid for departure at 2 February and 15 March 2020. Includes return flights from Melbourne, Sydney or Perth with Scoot, 2-night hotel stay in Singapore, 5-night cruise on Genting Dream, daily meals and more. T&Cs apply.

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15-day New Zealand cruise + flights from $2,499

Valid for departure at 31 January 2020. Includes flight from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane, accommodation at a hotel in Auckland, cruise on Norwegian Jewel, daily meals and more. T&Cs apply.

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G Adventures G Adventures

Up to 30% off Mekong riverboat adventures

Valid for travel from 18 October - 2 December 2019. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 25% off Amazon riverboat adventures

Valid for travel from 3-10 November 2019. T&Cs apply.

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Nexus Holidays Nexus Holidays

$500 off 16-day Canada & Alaska cruises with flights

Valid for travel between May - September 2020. Destinations include Calgary, Banff, Jasper, Vancouver, Juneau, Skagway, Victoria BC and Seattle. Includes return flights from Sydney or Melbourne, cruising on Celebrity Solstice, daily meals, hotel accommodation and more. T&Cs apply.

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$500 off 16-day Italy, Greece & Croatia tour + flights with MSC Sinfonia

Valid for travel between May - August 2020. Destinations include Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Venice and more. Includes return flights from Sydney or Melbourne, return airport transfers and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 40% off Vietnam tours and river cruises

Save on tours and river cruises to Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Mekong River, Ho Chi Minh and more with brands like G Adventures, On The Go, Trafalgar and Contiki.

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Free Europe flights with select cruises

Valid for 2020 dates when you book an 11-night cruise or longer with Scenic. T&Cs apply.

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8-night Christmas cruise with up to $900 OBC

Valid for travel between 16-28 December 2019 departing from Brisbane. Includes $1 deposit only, meals, entertainment and more. Destinations include Santo, Champagne Bay, Port Vila, Suba and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $1,000 off per cabin with Celebrity Cruises

Valid on select 2019 - 2020 cruises including Christmas and New Year. Destinations include Wellington, Noumea, Sydney, Singapore, Phuket, Dubai and more. T&Cs apply.

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U River Cruises U River Cruises

Up to 10% off bookings or free drink package

Discount applies for new bookings on 2020 itineraries across Europe. Get 10% discount or free U drink package valued at $349. Destinations include Vienna, Nuremberg, Belgrade, Amsterdam, Brussels and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 22% off 3-day P&O Comedy cruise

Valid for travel on departure date in August 2019 departing from Sydney. Includes up to $900 credit onboard, entertainment and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 20% off 4-day Sunshine Coast cruise

Valid for travel on departure date in August 2019 departing from Sydney to Mooloolaba. Includes up to $900 credit onboard, entertainment, accommodation and more. T&Cs apply.

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EOFY sale: $1 deposit + up to $1,000 OBC with P&O cruises

Valid for travel between December 2019 - December 2020 across Australia. Destinations include Brisbane, Port Vila, Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 40% off Miami cruises

Valid for travel on select dates in 2019 - 2020. Other destinations include New York, Europe, Caribbean and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 20% off Greek ferry tickets

Valid until 31 October 2019. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 40% off Australia and New Zealand Christmas cruises

Valid for travel until December 2020 across Australia and New Zealand. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.

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Blue Star Ferries from just 20€

Valid on select dates for travel until 31 October 2019. Destinations include Cyclades routes, Dodecanese routes and Northern Aegean Routes. T&C's apply.

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Up to $200 on board credit on last-minute cruises

Valid from October - December 2018. Destinations include Moreton Island, Noumea, Hamilton Island, Vanuatu, Brisbane, Sydney and more. Cruises start from $315 per person for 3-night comedy cruises. T&Cs apply.

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Take up to 85% off experience, holiday & shopping deals at Deals.com.au. T&Cs apply.

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