Best Winter Cruises 2017

May 18, 2017
Fiji shore excursion

(6 p.m. AEST) -- A cheap winter cruise is the ideal way to escape the cold. For people living in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and other chilly parts of Australia, the South Pacific Islands, Queensland or a destination like the Mediterranean can sound pretty appealing when June rolls around. Here's a selection to get your sunshine fix to help make this winter a bit more bearable.

Carnival Cruise Line

Name of Cruise: 10 Night Pacific Islands

Ship: Carnival Spirit

Itinerary: Sydney, Noumea, Mystery Island, Mare, Lifou Isle, Sydney

Departure date:  17 July 2017

Special deal: Soak up the sun with this last minute deal for just $80 per person per night.

Price: From $809 per person twin share for an inside guarantee cabin

P&O Cruises

Name of Cruise: J725 State of Origin

Ship: : Pacific Jewel

Itinerary: Sydney, Gladstone, Moreton Island, Brisbane, Sydney

Departure date:  26 May 2017

Special deal: Get a silver ticket and transfers to Game One at Suncorp Stadium and seven nights of footy themed entertainment

Price: Starting at $1,179 per person twin share of a balcony cabin

Princess Cruises

Name of Cruise: Greek Isles

Ship: Royal Princess

Itinerary: Athens, Katakolon, Kotor, Mykonos, Rhodes, Khios, Athens

Departure date:  8 July 2017

Special deal: Last minute offer to explore the Greek Islands

Price: From $1,099 per person twin share in an inside cabin

Coral Expeditions

Name of Cruise: Great Barrier Reef

Ship: Coral Expeditions II

Itinerary: Cairns, Lizard Island, Cairns

Departure date:  Weekly every Monday from Cairns

Special deal: No single supplement for solo travellers

Price: From $2,170 per person in an oceanview room

Carnival Cruise Line

Name of Cruise: 8 Night Pacific Islands

Ship: Carnival Spirit

Itinerary: Sydney, Isle of Pines, Mare, Noumea, Sydney

Departure date:  23 June 2017

Special deal: Up to $200 onboard credit per cabin when booked before May 29

Price: From $849 per person twin share for an inside cabin

P&O Cruises

Name of Cruise: X732 Sunshine Coast

Ship: : Pacific Explorer

Itinerary: Sydney, Mooloolaba (Sunshine Coast), Sydney

Departure date:  31 July 2017

Special deal: Kids cruise free plus $50 onboard spending money included

Price: Starting at $259 per person quad share in an inside cabin

Princess Cruises

Name of Cruise: New Caledonia & Vanuatu

Ship: Sun Princess

Itinerary: Sydney, Champagne Bay, Luganville, Port Vila, Mystery Island, Lifou, Noumea, Sydney

Departure date:  5 June 2017

Special deal: Upgrade from an ocean view to a balcony stateroom for only $100. Receive up to $200 onboard credit per stateroom when you book a mini-suite or suite.

Price: From $1,799 per person twin share in an inside cabin

Captain Cook Cruises

Name of Cruise: Mamanuca & Southern Yasawa Islands (Fiji)

Ship: MV Reef Endeavour

Itinerary: Denarau, Monuriki (Monu Bay), Sacred Islands, Waya Islands, Denarau - so you will need to fly to Fiji for this cruise.

Departure date:  3 June 2017, 17 June 2017, 22 July 2017

Special deal: No discounts offered

Price: From $1,121.25 per person twin share in an outside (porthole) cabin, not including flights

--By Tiana Templeman and Rebecca Stackpool, Cruise Critic contributors

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