Is short-haul cruising the next hot holiday trend?

Cruising is such a relaxing way to travel – there’s no airport security, no long stopovers or complicated transfers, and the itinerary is all taken care of for you. When you add in the fine dining, poolside pina coladas, live entertainment and ever-changing views as you sail from port to port, it’s easy to see why short haul cruising is experiencing such a rapid rise.

And we’re not just saying that – there’s receipts to back it up.

Cruise ship in Sydney Harbour

According to recent statistics, the Australian cruise industry is worth almost $5 billion annually. More ships are arriving to cruise in our southern waters, including Royal Caribbean’s brand new megaliner the Serenade of the Seas and Dream Cruise’s new Explorer Dream.

If you’re after a different kind of holiday, here’s why you should consider a short haul cruise.

A holiday within a holiday

Unlike travelling by plane, cruising is literally a holiday destination while on your way to your next holiday destination – talk about bang for your buck! Cruises travel to so many gorgeous ports and destinations. Within Australian waters alone you can sail in style to the Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach, Albany, Port Lincoln, Hobart, Moreton Bay and Darwin, just to name a few – all the while, relaxing and enjoying the abundance of entertainment the ships have to offer.

Relaxing on the deck

Onboard Entertainment

The cruise ships of today are unlike anything you can imagine. They are positively bursting with entertainment, from the latest films under the stars, exciting water parks and swimming pools, mini golf, an array of dance classes, as well as nightly trivia games. Specific ships also boast full Broadway shows, as well as short themed music and comedy cruises.

A pool worth diving into

When you add in the fine dining, poolside pina coladas, live entertainment and ever-changing views as you sail from port to port, it’s easy to see why short haul cruising is experiencing such a rapid rise.

Family Holidays Made Easy

With Christmas on the horizon, why not consider getting the family together for one of the most headache free Christmases imaginable. All of the trying elements of what should be a relaxing and enjoyable time of year are taken out of your hands. Cruise ships are a multi-generational holiday, there is something for everyone to enjoy – from the children to the grandparents. The best part being that after seperate daily activities, everyone can easily come together to share a meal.

Enjoying the view from the ship

No passport? No problem!

A domestic cruise will allow you to experience the magic of the sea – all without a passport! Set off on a thoroughly enjoyable holiday without the hassle of documentation, passport expiry dates, and visa worries. Unless you dock and venture into a foreign port, the seas are yours to discover, worry-free! Embrace the luxury accommodation, fine dining and pool-side entertainment all with very little pre-holiday planning. Now that’s a relaxing holiday!

Cocktails on the ship

Getting a taste

If you are unsure about whether a cruise is for you or not, short-haul cruises are the ideal way to see if this type of holiday is what you’re looking for. Embarking on a three to five day trip will give you the overall feel of what a typical cruise is all about – the entertainment, enjoyment and sailing experience. You can easily sail from your closest major Australian city and travel to another beautiful part of Australia, before returning. Most importantly, short-haul trips will not exhaust your time or your wallet.

Why not try out the latest travel trend for yourself, book a cruise through TripADeal here.

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