School holiday cruises and deals for 2021

Make life easier for yourself this summer by snapping up a great cruise deal.

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It’s easy to get a little hot under the collar in Australia, and not just because of the climate. The school holidays can be stressful. Plus, there’s the added expense of keeping your kids busy, and if you’re a parent, you have to work out how you’re going to entertain your kids for a couple of weeks.

This is where a cruise comes in. Sanctuaries at sea, cruises are where all the entertainment is laid out for you. Australia is surrounded by more than 60 ports of call. Places like Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Darwin, Cairns and Perth are all launch ports for the cruise itineraries of world-famous cruise lines.

School holiday cruise deals

Search for your preferred destination, booking site or cruise line to see what deals are available.


Cruises from Sydney from $247

Verified 3 days ago Expires 30 Nov 2021
Available on select travel dates in 2022-2023. Destinations include Hobart, Cairns, Wellington, Auckland and more. Sample rate is for a 2-day cruise to Melbourne.

Up to $500 OBCs on worldwide cruises

Expires 16 Dec 2021
Plus receive $30 OceanFront credit on 5+ night cruises until 2022. Destinations include Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and more. T&Cs apply.

Australia cruises from $247

Verified 2 days ago Expires 31 Dec 2021
Available on cruises in 2022-2023. Destinations include Brisbane, Adelaide and more. Sample fare is for a 2-day cruise from Sydney-Melbourne.

Up to 42% off sightseeing cruises

Available on select travel dates until 2022. Activities include whale watching, dolphin watching, lunch cruises, sunset cruises in Sydney, Cairns, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne and more.

Perth whale watching cruises from $60

Expires 31 Dec 2021
Available on select dates from September - November 2021 and July - December 2022 for a 2-hour experience. T&Cs apply.

Get $5 off Hervey Bay whale watching experiences with code

Available for travel on select dates when you buy 2 or more vouchers. Sample price is for a whale watching cruise with snacks and drinks. T&Cs apply.

Get $5 off Victoria whale watching cruises

Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $250.
Code exclusive

Get 12% off Australia tours and experiences

Verified 2 days ago Expires 31 Dec 2021
Available on select dates on activities such as sightseeing tours, jet boat rides, hot air balloon flights, wine tours and more. Destinations include Sydney, Cairns, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Darwin and more. T&Cs apply.

Tips for cruising during school holidays

  • Be flexible. Many cruise lines offer last-minute deals on cruises, so if you’re flexible about where you want to go, booking one of these can save you money. Comparison sites like finder can also help you find the best prices.
  • Book a cruise with entertainment. If you’re cruising with your kids, look out for ships with the best kids clubs and children’s entertainment. Cruise lines offer everything from water parks to aerial assault courses now. If you don’t have little ones, keep an eye out for adults-only itineraries or ships with adults-only areas like pools or spas.
  • Look for discounts for third and fourth passengers. If you don’t mind a full room, many cruise lines discount the third and fourth passenger in a cabin by up to 50%. So if you’re travelling with young kids who don’t mind a top bunk in a room, you can save loads.

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