Budget Cruising Vs Luxury Cruising

30 December 2014

Looking for a deal? Or would you rather get all luxurious onboard a lavish liner? Cruising offers itineraries for whatever your travelling style, ranging from the opulence of first-class travel to combining affordability with fun on a budget cruise. Two Flight Centre consultants share  ideas and inspiration from their own cruising experiences.
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For The Budget Savvy $$

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 Lele Clay, Travel Consultant At Flight Centre Chancellor Park, Sippy Downs, QLD

Cruising is great for families on a budget, and there are plenty of options that suit just about everyone. If the thought of dropping your bags off in your cabin and not having to worry about the cheapest way to get from A to B, C and D appeals, cruising is the answer for you.

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Option one:

Families on a budget will enjoy P&O Cruises. It has a popular route leaving Brisbane and travelling to New Caledonia and Vanuatu. Lean back, put your feet up and sip on a cocktail while you cruise around idyllic beaches for seven nights.

With a vast array of included meals, there’s no need to worry about spending any extra money on breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you have kids, you probably won’t even see them, as there is a huge range of daily activities hosted by the ever-friendly and hospitable staff working in the kids’ and teenage clubs.

Try your hand at bingo, table tennis, karaoke and trivia games! Interested? Wait for Flight Centre’s cruise sale to receive discounted fares, on-board credit and 50 per cent off your deposit!

Option two:

Carnival cruises departing Sydney are another popular option for families looking at getting a deal. It has a great kids’ program and fun-for-all facilities, such as mini-golf, an arcade and even a water park with a waterslide. It’s a fun paradise! All of this – coupled with its interconnecting rooms – makes a Carnival cruise a great option for families with two or more kids.

 With plenty of onboard activities, budget doesn’t have to mean boring

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Travelling as a group can often be expensive, but with P&O Cruises, large groups can take advantage of special deals that allow guests to receive extra benefits, such as a cash reward to the value of one guest’s fare, onboard credit for room bookings for cruises of seven nights or more, event packages with complimentary venue hire, as well as a beer and wine welcome reception or a personalised group photo shoot.

WHY CRUISING IS GREAT FOR THE BUDGET SAVVY

  • All meals are included in the cost of the cruise, so there is no need to spend much – if anything – on food.
  • Cruising is all about choices, so how much you spend is really up to you. You can book during a sale period for savings, select the cheapest room category and choose onboard activities to cater to your needs.

Getting there

Flight Centre often has great deals on cruises throughout the year. Keep an eye out for sale fares and visit your closest store to chat to a consultant about getting the best rate.


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For The Luxury Lover $$$$

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 Steven Taylor, Assistant Team Leader At Flight Centre Melton, Melton, VIC

Those who appreciate a first-class travel experience will certainly enjoy cruising aboard a luxury cruise line. Choose your ship and itinerary and then just appreciate elegant surrounds, impeccable service and superior amenities.

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Option one:

For those wanting an all-inclusive experience – all food, alcohol and shore excursions – Crystal Cruises has it all. Guests will enjoy the best of everything – from the finest available accommodations, cutting-edge amenities, gourmet dining from the world’s most celebrated culinary artists, an elegant array of enrichment programs and activities, and service that prides itself on knowing exactly what you need (and when you need it).

The Crystal Cruises fleet offers passengers every posh perk imaginable, from Evian spritzes by the pool to multi-course in-suite dining.

Option two:

Oceania Cruises is the perfect option for foodies, with wonderful fine-dining experiences on offer as well as great value drink packages for purchase.Winners of the finest cuisine at sea, with no surcharges to dine at any of their specialty restaurants, Oceania is the only cruise company that invites guests to join world-renowned chefs to handpick local cuisine while at port.

Best described as a fine country club at sea, with more port-intensive itineraries and overnight stays to enhance your holiday experience – and one of the highest staff to guest ratios – this is nothing less than world-class service.

 Aboard Cunard, you’ll be served by white-gloved waiters

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Cruising with Cunard is reminiscent of the golden age of cruising. White-gloved waiters, classic service and opulent trimmings make you feel as though you have stepped back in time, but with all the modern luxuries.

Nothing beats the grand duplex suites, with more than 25 square metres of room over two floors. They include full butler and concierge service, 24-hour room service, free in-room dining, priority boarding and disembarkation, as well as exclusive access to the Queens Grill Restaurant.

WHY CRUISING IS GREAT FOR THE LUXURY LOVER

  • Chefs on board luxury cruises often source top-grade local produce, so dining on board a luxury vessel can be likened to eating at some of the world’s top restaurants.
  • Onshore excursions are given the same treatment as the onboard experience, so expect to be looked after!

Getting there

There are many lavish cruises available. Chat to your Flight Centre consultant about your needs and they will find the perfect cruise for you.

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