School holiday cruises and deals for 2017/2018

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

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

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Our top picks for school holiday cruises

South Melbourne cruise with P&O from CruiseAway

Board P&O’s Pacific Jewel in Melbourne and bob through the Great Australian Bight to Kangaroo Island, with all its wildlife; to Adelaide with its cafe culture; and to Port Lincoln, aka the seafood capital of Australia, before returning home.

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Brisbane and New Caledonia cruise with P&O from CruiseAway

Spend seven nights cruising through the South Pacific on board P&O’s Pacific Aria. The round trip leaves from Brisbane and highlights of the route include the archipelago of New Caledonia with its pristine beaches and the tropical island nation of Vanuatu.

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Australia and New Zealand adventures with Norwegian Cruise Line from CruiseAway

Sail from Sydney to New Zealand with Norwegian Cruise Line. The cruise lasts 10 nights and takes place on board the contemporary Norwegian Jewel. The itinerary takes in memory-making destinations like Burnie in Tasmania and Wellington in New Zealand.

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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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Alex Keshen

Alex takes care of the travel section here at If there's a new sale on tours or cruises, discounted flights or hotels, or anything else that can be on offer, she'll fill you in.

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