While a cruise certainly makes a great winter escape, there are plenty of reasons to cruise through the summer too. The sun's out, it's holiday time, and there are numerous options for escaping real life and heading out to explore the seven seas on a fabulous cruise ship.
We have whittled down our long list of summer cruising highlights to just four primary reasons we think you should consider a cruise this upcoming summer season - and the next!
1 . There's a flotilla of ships Down Under
The summer season brings with it a whole lot of vessels making their way south, to offer cruises from Australia galore. A variety of lines deploy more ships in the region between October/November and March/April, and in the height of summer, the piers and docks of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Fremantle are almost constantly filled with a huge range of ships coming and going. This means that the options open right up - and the increased supply also means you can pick up a great cruise deal. Summer cruising means plenty of choice!
One exciting aspect of summer cruising is the availability of Royal Caribbean ships, which don't make an appearance in Australian waters until the warm months draw nearer. In summer 2016/2017, Australia will play host to the Explorer of the Seas, the Legend of the Seas, the Radiance of the Seas and the Voyager of the Seas, all bringing the line's unique, extravagant and entertainment-focused style of cruising to the South Pacific. What's more, their incredible megaship Ovation of the Seas, reviewed and approved by Sarah and Meghan of the Cruise Sale Finder team, will also make its debut in our area this upcoming summer for an extended season of exciting itineraries - an amazing option for Aussie cruise enthusiasts.
2 . Domestic and NZ destinations are on their best behaviour
The tropical South Pacific islands make a great winter escape, but in the summertime you don't have to head north to get away from the chill. Australia and New Zealand both show their best face in summer when the beaches are on top form, the people are even more laid back than usual and the long lazy days are perfect for exploring the natural beauty of both countries.
From the wild beauty of Tasmania and New Zealand's Fiordland to the cosmopolitan vibes of Melbourne or Auckland, a summertime cruise to Australian or Kiwi ports is one to put on your travel wish list. As the weather gets warmer and ships make their way south, there are plenty of options for itineraries taking in one or both countries. A domestic or Trans-tasman cruise, thanks to proximity, also means minimal sea days and plenty of ports to visit along the way.
3 . School's out
If you are cruising with kids, this is a major thing to consider. While there are school holidays throughout the year, including during wintertime, they are condensed into two weeks which limits the available options, especially if you have other commitments. It also can be difficult to secure a booking as they sell out fast, and many ships only offer a limited number of spaces for children under a certain age due to Kids Club maximum numbers. The six weeks or more of holidays and increased cruise traffic in the summertime allow plenty of choice and much more opportunity for families to get onboard.
Never cruised with kids before? It's a great way to spend part of their summer holidays! Cruising offers amazing facilities for families - think pools, organised sports and games, rock climbing, casual eateries, shows and more - with kids club offerings to give parents a break and the young ones age-appropriate supervised activities and playmates. Add in fun ports and the excitement of being at sea, and your clan will have something to talk about when they go back to school.
4 . Holiday mode is activated
Even those who work through the summer will recognise the generally slowing of life's pace that happens as the weather warms up. Jandals are pulled out from the back of the closet, the days get long and BBQs are fired up across the nation. This chilled out vibe translates well onto a cruise ship, and you'll get your holiday off to a good start if you can stroll onboard with the right state of mind from the very outset.
There are also the other kinds of holiday that occur in the summer: Christmas and New Year's Eve. A Christmas cruise or New Year cruise may not have occurred to those who normally celebrate at home, but both are a wonderful way to mark the respective occasions. Add the festiveness of December to the good summer vibes and you're in for a good time, away from the stresses of the silly season.
Major summer deals are on right now! Pick up any cruise deal for the warmer months and you might just find your best holiday deal yet.