Winter Trips for Under $999

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If you want to get away for the winter without breaking the bank, a cruise holiday could be the luxurious but affordable solution. With a range of cruises setting sail from Australia and further afield, we have compiled a range of excellent winter holidays on a budget.

Whitsundays – $579.00

Ship: P&O Pacific Jewel

Date: 17th August 2014

Taking in some of the most beautiful sights of the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays cruise aboard the P&O Pacific Jewel is a four day trip rich with culture and opportunities to relax. The focal point of the trip is the stop off at Airlie Beach in Queensland, popular due to its varied and unique sealife. Box Jellyfish (Chironex Fleckeri) inhabit the waters during parts of the year. The local council has built a swimming lagoon on the shore for tourists to enjoy.

Ideal for families; the Pacific Jewel offers a fantastic mix of relaxation and adventure on the deck. The new P&OEdge is the sea’s largest adventure park, offering zip lines, cargo net races, a high ropes atrium, abseiling and a Segway obstacle course.

pacific jewel - Lee Gilbert

Pacific Hopper – $823.53

Ship: P&O Pacific Dawn

Date: 20th August 2014

A fantastic week-long cruise taking in some of the most beautiful islands in the South Pacific; the P&O Pacific Dawn is a beautifully relaxing way to spend 7 nights at sea. First visiting the historic port of Noumea on New Caledonia, passengers have a wide array of excursion options at their disposal, taking in sights such as the Tjbaou Cultural Centre. The itinerary further takes in excursions to Lifou with its limestone caves and Vila with its beautiful coastal views.

The P&O Pacific Dawn, designed by famous ship architect, Renzo Piano, is immediately recognisable for The Dome, an expansive entertainment area offering panoramic views of the seas by day and innumerate shows by night.

Pacific Dawn - eGuide Travel

Gateway to Mare – $776

Ship: P&O Pacific Jewel

Date: 11th September 2014

Offering passengers a fantastic opportunity to visit the small, quiet, unspoilt Mare Island just beyond New Caledonia; the Gateway to Mare cruise is an eight night cruise taking in three excursions and four days at sea. Mare Island is a raised coral atoll which used to be a lagoon.

The P&O Pacific Jewel is ideal for this cruise with its wide range of activities on the deck. This ensures that the four days at sea can be passed enjoyably.

Mare - Taryn

Pacific Islands from Sydney – $731

Ship: Carnival Spirit

Date: 12th August 2014

Sailing to and from Sydney, this cruise aboard the Carnival Spirit is the ideal journey to experience both the cosmopolitan splendour of the city and the relaxed beauty of the Islands of the South Pacific. The eight night cruise offers three excursions on beautiful islands before setting sail back to magnificent Sydney.

The Carnival Spirit boasts 80% of its cabins on the exterior of the ship, granting the majority of passengers an unrestricted view of the beautiful seascapes and pretty coasts.

carnival spirit - platibolo

Retreat to Isle of Pines – $776

Ship: P&O Pacific Jewel

Date: 16th March 2015

The Isle of Pines has grown incredibly popular with tourists due to the unspoilt beauty and whiter-than-white sands. Roughly 50km south east of New Caledonia; the island, mostly comprised of tall pine trees offers a spectacular, unique landscape. The warm waters prove particularly popular with guests to the island.

For more fantastic deals on cruise holidays this winter visit our late deals page or call our experienced sales team on 1300 857 345.

Isle of Pines - Taryn

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Lily Egge

Lily is in her mid 60’s and loves cruising. She and her partner have cruised on at least 40 cruises so far and there is much more to see. They usually travel on a balcony cabin, especially at Christmas where they celebrate on the cruise with the family. She lives in Manifold Heights in Victoria. Lily writes for Cruise 1st on a regular basis.

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