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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 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 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. 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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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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