You can get a 3 night cruise for the same price as a 1 night hotel stay
As fuel, airfare and hotel prices soar around the world, most types of travel are becoming increasingly inaccessible as even COVID economies struggle to cover the cost of vacations .
However, there is one type of travel that is as affordable as ever.
Cruise prices remain stable at pre-pandemic rates – and while most cruise lines sail because they love to, the economic benefits make ocean sailing all the more appealing right now .
Indeed, a travel agency told us that they had secured a three-night cruise to America for the price of one night in a hotel room.
Sharon Summerhayes, owner of Deluxe Cruise and Travel says:With the increase in fuel and the huge increase in airfares and hotels right now, cruising is definitely one of the cheapest ways to travel. Cruising has always been great value, but even more so now.
“Fortunately, even if you’re traveling overseas, there are some fantastic air/land/cruise deals to save you a bundle on your vacation.”
iTravel Penrith owner Belle Goldie sees a similar trend.
“Current cruise prices are comparable to pre-covid prices, I haven’t noticed a significant difference. It’s great value for money.
“Customers are looking for a one-stop, all-inclusive vacation so they don’t have to dip into their pockets, especially with kids.”
“Cruising has become the most popular mode of transportation in Europe and the United States due to high airfare prices. There are so many offers right now, it’s a crazy time.
Ms. Goldie has even just been on a roadtrip across the United States and found herself much more destitute than she is on a cruise ship.
“I haven’t been back for a long time from a road trip in the United States – I can tell you the cost of fuel – the hotels and the food are crazy right now.
“I got a three night cruise to the US for less than a hotel night in Atlanta.”
According Business Intern during the remainder of 2022, 45 different cruises are sailing for less than $70 per day, and deals aggregator Cruise Sheet recorded a 17% increase in average cruise fares since 2019.
Cruise Sheet also broke its record number of bookings over the past three months as demand for last-minute cruise bookings soars.
David Crooks, vice president of products and operations, said Business Intern“I say to anyone looking to go on vacation right now that it’s the perfect time to go on a cruise, in terms of price and because the ships aren’t full.
“People aren’t just getting great value, they’re getting a really good experience.”
Europe Price Comparison: Tours vs Cruises
While cruising out of Australia is undoubtedly cheaper than going to Europe, if you’re planning on flying anyway, what’s cheaper?
cruise passenger crunched the numbers. Here are some of the prices for a more youth-friendly tour with Intrepid Travel, a specialized senior-only tour with Odyssey Traveler, and a land tour with Scenic. All of these tours are for 2022 and none of these prices include flights from Australia.
Intrepid Journey – 15 Days – Explore Spain and Portugal – From $4510 – $300 per day
Odyssey Traveler – 25 Days – Mediterranean Islands Small Group Tour – From $17,850 – $714 per day
Scenic – 22 days Ancient Empires of Greece and Turkey – From $12,075 – $548 per day
Here are some cruise prices for 2022. For major ship lines such as NCL and Royal Caribbean, plus the cost of unparalleled luxury with Regent Seven Seas.
Regent Seven Seas – Athens to Lisbon – 13 days – $9263 – $712 per day
Royal Caribbean – Cruise Italy, Greece & France – 10 days – 1455$ – $146 per day
NCL – Mediterranean: Italy, Spain and Portugal to Rome – 10 days – $1411 – $141 per day
As you can see, if you go for absolute luxury, your price is still slightly cheaper than a tour, but you get so much more. If you sail with a larger line, there is no comparison. Especially with the price per day usually dropping significantly if you’re aiming for a longer cruise.
On top of that, you can buy a cruise and air package, to help you manage rising flight prices and get the majority of your travel budget in the same bill.
Ms. Summerhayes shares her best cruise and flight deals.
Celebrity Apex 15-Night Air/Land/Cruise Package with 12-Night Cruise from Amsterdam and Return to the Best of Scandinavia Including Flights, Private Transfers and 3 4-Star Nights in Amsterdam from $5,523 pp . Departure of cruise 25e May 2023.
Norwegian Viva Package 15 nights air/land/cruise. Includes flights with Emirates, 3 nights/4 stars in Athens, a 9 night cruise on board Norwegian Viva to discover the best of Greece, Turkey and Italy, the 4 Free At Sea offers (drinks/ specialized meals/earth ex credit/wifi) on the cruise, then 3 nights/4 stars in Rome and private transfers. From $6436 per person in a double room. The cruise departs from Athens 12e July 2023.
Celebrity Beyond package 13 nights air/land/cruise. Includes flights with Singapore Airlines, 3 nights/4-star accommodation in Rome, guided tour, transfers and 10 nights aboard Celebrity’s newest ship, Beyond, via Italy, Greece, Montenegro and Croatia. Departure of cruise 14e August 2023. From $5374 per person in a double room.
A special cruise-only fare that caught my eye is the 21-night cruise aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam departing from Rome via Croatia, Greece, Albania, Spain, Portugal and crossing Atlantic to Fort Lauderdale. The price per person is $3720 per person for a Veranda cabin. Departure of cruise 29e October 2023.
Ms. Goldie says if you really want to make a deal, you should look away from NCL.“NCL has incredible prices right now, especially in Europe – up to 40% off all cruises – around the world. From glacier-watching in Alaska to sunset walks in the Greek Islands to hula-hopping in Hawaii, now is the best time to book your dream vacation with NCL. The best part, you can also enjoy a Free Drinks package, Free Specialty Meal Package, Free Excursion credit and much more! Also, enjoy USD 200 onboard credit. This offer won’t last long, so book today!”