Everything you need to know about cheap cruises

There’s nothing more satisfying than getting a good deal on a holiday. It gives you the flexibility to enjoy the finer things in life without the stress of a dwindling bank balance.

Cruises offer incredible value. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a similarly priced holiday that offers panoramic water views, all main meals in designated restaurants, non-stop entertainment and a range of beverage packages which provide great value.

But if you’re on the hunt for a cheap cruise deal, remember that things that seem too good to be true often are. Before you book, it’s important to find out what’s included so you don’t accidentally get short-changed.

So let’s unpack the most commonly asked questions about getting the best cruise deals.

1. What should I expect from a cruise?

If this is your first time planning a cruise holiday, welcome aboard! If you’ve heard that cruises are cheap and tacky, we’ll quickly prove that wrong.

Start by choosing your holiday and we take care of the rest. Forget all the planning, cooking and cleaning, we’ve got you covered.

We’ve got accommodation choices to suit every taste and budget. While you travel to amazing destinations you can partake in daytime activities and entertainment at night. Relaxing by the pool or ziplining across the top deck - it’s your choice.

Main meals are served in designated restaurants and families love our Kids Club. In short, we look after you so you can enjoy that well-deserved break.

2. What are the cheapest months to cruise?

While all land destinations have off seasons, the very nature of a cruise allows you to enjoy it 365 days a year. Many people escape to a tropical island getaway during winter, for example. That means there isn’t a particularly cheap month to cruise.

Rather than scheduling a cruise based on the cheapest rates, you can find a time that suits your family best. Cruises offer exceptional value holidays all year round.

As a bonus, being able to choose a time that suits you also saves you from those awkward holiday negotiations at school and work. Priceless!

3. Are last-minute cruise deals cheaper?

Last-minute cruise deals could be cheaper if they’re still available, but there are some catches. You have to pay in full, they are non-refundable and you only get to choose from ‘what’s left’. So if you have specific needs, the chance of getting what you want is a gamble.

If you’re totally flexible about room choice, location on the ship, destination and the time of year you travel, then take the last-minute gamble. If this sounds like you, and can travel at the drop of a hat, make sure to keep an eye on our latest cruise deals and be ready to book!

4. What’s the best time of year to book a cruise?

If you book in December/January or June/July, you could get lucky with a sale. These two times are exciting times to book regardless, as it’s when the latest itineraries hit the market.

However, to get the best choice in rooms, you should book as far ahead as possible. It’s not a one size fits all. You should definitely book well ahead if you’re planning a family holiday in school holidays or if you’re travelling as a group. A longer lead time provides a better chance of being located near your group and getting the ideal departure date.

5. Is a cruise better value than an all-inclusive resort?

Let’s think about all the costs associated with an overseas holiday. For starters, you’ve got the basics: Flights, accommodation, transport, meals and entertainment. Even just looking at those five categories, cruises offer a very competitive deal in comparison to resorts.

But the wins just keep coming when you factor in the incidentals like purchasing things in a foreign currency. On a P&O Cruise, all of your onboard purchases are billed to you in Australian dollars, so there’s no nasty US dollar bill shock at the end of your holiday.

6. Should I wait to see if prices go down to book?

If you see a cruise at a good price, don’t wait, book it! If you leave it in the hopes of nabbing a cheap last-minute cruise, you risk limited availability, missing out on a better cabin location or losing the opportunity altogether.

7. Is it possible to get a cheap balcony room on a cruise?

One of the things people love most about cruising is the flexibility it offers. You choose how long, where and when you want to go. Simply book and your holiday begins the moment you board.

For some people, a balcony room is an essential cruise experience. Those panoramic views are what you live for. Not to mention the gentle sound of the surf, the chance to spot wildlife and a calming ocean breeze.

Whatever cabin you book, you need to be comfortable. If a balcony is a non-negotiable, book well ahead to ensure you don’t miss out.

8. I’ve heard you can get very cheap short cruises?

More and more time-poor people are discovering the joys of short cruises. Getting away for a couple of days is just what the doctor ordered but in a country as big as Australia that often means driving or flying long distances. Then you’ll need to find hotels and restaurants, which can be the opposite of cheap at peak times.

When you step on a cruise, you’re instantly on holiday. Do as much or as little as you like, it’s totally up to you. There are just so many reasons to choose a cruise for your next short break!

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