Best family and luxury ocean cruise deals

Disney characters and a family on a Disney Cruise Line ship look out to sea.

Blanche Clark

Posted January 25, 2024

Seize the opportunity to get a great deal on your next ocean cruise - and discover the wonders that await you at every port.

February is an exciting time for cruise enthusiasts and travellers who are looking for a good deal, with cruise lines releasing their new departures and itineraries for the next ocean cruise season.

Known as “Wave Season”, there are promotions and special deals on offer, including discounted cruise fares, onboard credits and free upgrades. Whether it’s a Caribbean cruise or an Alaskan adventure, February is a time when you can secure your preferred dates and cabin style. Many people use Wave Season to plan their holidays for the entire year. If you're new to cruising, see the ultimate guide to planning and booking a cruise.

RACV Travel & Experiences can play a pivotal role when it comes to helping you navigate what’s on offer and finding you the best deal. You'll find a guide to what's on offer from some of RACV Travel & Experiences’ trusted travel partners below.

And if you're an RACV Member, don't miss out on the All Aboard Sale* from January 29 to February 29, 2024, where exclusive savings await.

Premium cruising
Family cruising
Ultra-luxury cruising
Smalll ship cruising
Cruising with extended port stays
Best way to book a cruise

Aerial view of decks and swimming pools on a  Princess Cruises ship.

Princess Cruises offer entertainment and relaxation. Image: Supplied


Premium cruising

From the sun-kissed shores of Fiji to the sights and sounds of Japan, Princess Cruises caters for solo travellers, couples, groups, and families. Expect a premium cruising experience, with ships accommodating 2670 to 3140 guests.

Enjoy dinner and a Broadway-style show or watch Movies Under the Stars on the giant outdoor screen while savouring a burger and beer by the pool.

From the extraordinary Chef’s Table to beverage packages, there are experiences to suit every budget. Along with fitness classes and spa treatments, you’ll get a luxury bed that’s been co-designed by a sleep expert. Fun-filled days and restful nights await.

Family cruising

If you have children or love the idea of a multi-generational holiday, Disney Cruise Line has enchanting itineraries for every age. For children, there’s entertainment with Disney, Marvel and Star Wars characters, plus pools and waterslides, and a kids’ club. Teenagers have their own space for watching movies, listening to music, and playing games.

For parents and grandparents, there’s an adults-only pool area, intimate dining, karaoke, and luxurious spa treatments. Set sail on a Disney adventure crossing the Tasman Sea or Bass Strait and create lasting family memories.

Emerald Cruises' ship docked at the port of Kotor in Montenegro

Emerald Cruises' smaller ships can access exotic locations, like the port of Kotor in Montenegro. Image: Supplied.


Ultra-luxury cruising

Silversea, synonymous with ultra-luxury, crafts itineraries that whisk you away to opulent ports of call. Traverse the Mediterranean's ancient wonders, witness the wildlife wonders of Antarctica, or travel the east coast of Asia, from Hong Kong to Tokyo.

The guest capacity of each ship ranges from 100 to 728. On board you can take a culinary journey through fine French cuisine, flavourful Asian options, relaxed Italian meals and international options.

You also get free-flowing premium wines and spirits, in-suite dining, and a full butler service, as well as a complimentary shore excursion at every port.

Small ship cruising

Emerald Cruises specialises in small ship cruising with custom-built yachts for just 100 guests. This allows exploration of ports and harbours that are only accessible to small ships.

Whether it's exploring the protected bays and wildlife refuges of Costa Rica or savouring the sunsets of the Greek Isles, you’ll be able to discover each location through guided tours or active experiences, including complimentary use of electric bicycles. At the end of the day, you’ll have a suite or stateroom to retreat to, with all the amenities of a world-class hotel.

Four diners are served by a chef on board a Oceania Cruises ship.

Enjoy a choice of fine dining and different restaurants with Oceania Cruises. Image: Supplied.


Cruising with extended port stays

If you’re looking for multicultural and immersive experiences, with extended port stays, then Oceania Cruises is worth considering. From the ancient treasure of Crete to the diverse landscapes of East Asia, Oceania's itineraries promise a blend of cultural discovery and natural beauty.

The luxurious ships cater for 684 or 1250 guests. Along with complimentary fitness classes, health lectures and vegan options, complete your wellness journey with a spa treatment. Gourmet cuisine is served in six distinctive restaurants at no additional charge, while private teak verandas feature in all suites and many staterooms.

Best way to book a cruise

Browse online or speak to an RACV Travel & Experiences consultant to plan your itinerary for your ideal ocean cruise.

You can also speak to a travel expert in person at a RACV Store about the different types of cruises and destinations that might suit you.

RACV Travel & Experiences, 48 Little Collins Street. Open Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm for walk ins or appointments, or call 1800 850 888.

RACV Members save more on amazing cruises when booking with RACV Travel & Experiences.

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