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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.

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While Sydney's house prices have fallen back down to 2016 levels, Sydney still remains the nation's most expensive capital city to rent a unit with the median rental price sitting at a whopping $525 a week as at September 2019. That being said, the best option may just be to pack up and ship out. Literally. Especially considering that $525 still doesn't get you anything to eat, 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.


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

All "cheaper than" comparisons were calculated using the average cost of living for a single person household in Sydney at $847/week, including rent, based off Numbeo as at September 2019.

Princess Cruises

5-night Japan and Korea

Check off two dream destinations from your bucket list while indulging in freshly prepared sashimi dinners and pampering yourself to Izumi Japanese Baths as you cruise your way through Asia with stops at Busan in South Korea, Tokyo and Nagasaki.

  • Cruise line: Princess Cruises
  • Price: $690 per person on 2 October 2019
  • Cheaper than: Living in Sydney


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7-night New Caledonia and Vanuatu

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

  • Cruise line: P&O Cruises
  • Price: $774 per person on 12 October 2019
  • Cheaper than: Living in Sydney


Sydney

6-night Dark Mofo Cruise

Journey south for the winter to experience Dark Mofo (and be the envy of all your friends). This cruise doesn't just come with your board, meals and cruise journey to Tasmania - it also includes a priority pass to Winter Feast and ferry ride and entry to MONA during the festival.

  • Cruise line: P&O Cruises
  • Price: $739.38 per person based on a 3-person room on 18 June 2020
  • Cheaper than: Living in Sydney


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7-night Great Barrier Reef and 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 Airlie Beach, Cairns, Port Douglas and Willis Island.

  • Cruise line: P&O Cruises
  • Price: $674 per person on 25 April 2020
  • Cheaper than: Living in Sydney


Holland America Cruise

Sailing to Auckland from Sydney

From scenic fiordlands to historic towns and fine wineries, see the varied and beautiful landscapes of New Zealand's South and North Island including stops at Fiordland National Park, Port Chalmers, Picton, Napier, Wellington, Tauranga and Auckland and don't skip the opportunity to enjoy the best that Melbourne and Hobart has to offer along the way.

  • Cruise line: Holland America Line
  • Price: $1,566 for 2 weeks (or $783 per week) on 7 December 2019
  • Cheaper than: Living in Sydney


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