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Cruises are one of the best ways to experience the beauty of the water or explore a city. With our range of lunch or dinner cruises, sailing boats, scenic cruises and more, you'll jump aboard a truly exciting and picturesque boating experience. See all the sights on board a cruise or better yet, they are the perfect gifts for anyone and any occasion.

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With RedBalloon’s ear to the ground, we’ll always offer you the very best cruise deals around. Think of us as your personal cruise insider. But not the vacation, two-week-trip-to-the-Carribean-kind! We mean enjoyable day trips, dinner cruises, scenic packages, exciting animal-watching experiences and even last minute cruises!

Why would you go on a cruise?

Because it’s fun! Sightseeing on a cruise is a great way to bring the crew together and celebrate that special event or occasion without all the cleaning up. And it’s more exhilarating compared to booking a table at your favourite restaurant. It’s not just dinner or lunch – it’s a whole adventure! Throw in some beautiful whale, penguin or dolphin watching and you’ve got an ocean safari! Australia’s world-renowned and most spectacular harbours is right on our doorstep – Sydney Harbour. Whether you’re a local or travelling from interstate, we recommend that you take yourself and your party on a sunset cruise. Sydney Harbour cruises during this time of the afternoon is the perfect way to experience it. Just picture it: majestically backlit with a glass of bubbles in hand, this beautiful harbour is nestled in between Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House – can it get more perfect than that?

Contrary to what many people think, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg when boarding a cruise from Sydney. At RedBalloon, we have many different cruise deals – we’re talking cheap cruises! Some of the harbour cruise experiences range from day, to sunset to dinner cruises. Even though our cruise deals are so well priced to begin with, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for the occasional cruise sale – you don’t want to miss out on a real bargain! For those wanting a cruise experience in other states and territories of Australia, you’re in luck! Just search RedBalloon for your closest city to list the best range of cruise packages available. We really are lucky to be living in such a beautiful country, and it becomes even more apparent when you hop on a cruise and get close to the water (without getting wet of course!)

Cruise deals

RedBalloon offers some amazing cruise deals and packages so that when you hop aboard your experience and know everything is taken care of! In Docklands, Victoria, there are delicious cruise packages including a fresh seafood brunch cruise with champagne, on the Brisbane River in Queensland there’s a spectacular High Tea cruise with free flowing tea and tasty savoury and sweet treats, in Fremantle, Western Australia there’s a ferry and bike hire to the dreamy, crystal waters of Rottnest Island and from Tasman Island in Tasmania, there’s an incredible nature cruise that goes for three hours! These are just some of the cruise deals that will take your breath away. Keep an eye out for the RedBalloon sales that happen throughout the year as you’ll find even more amazing cruise deals. You can also sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear of our sales and save even more on that cruise experience you’ve always dreamed of doing.

What to bring on a cruise?

  • Extra clothes: Whatever your weather app tells you, we recommend bringing a light-weight cardi or jacket in the warmer months, and a heavier one for the cooler months of the year. Mostly because you never know when the weather will turn or when the wind will pick up!
  • Sunglasses: Think of any body of water, river or ocean as one big giant mirror. When the sun’s out, it’s likely to cause a whole lotta glare, and that’s any time of day. You won’t be seeing much if you’re squinting the whole time! And it’s not much fun holding your hand up for three hours while you shade your eyes.
  • Sunscreen: Even on a cold and cloudy day cruise, UV damage can still strike! After enjoying a spectacular harbour cruise sightseeing the day away, the last thing you want is to return to your hotel or home feeling a little sun-kissed (or a lot burnt for that matter). From all of us at RedBalloon, happy sailing and bon voyage!

Last minute cruises

Are you looking for a cruise last minute but don’t know where to start? Jump onto RedBalloon and discover our range of experiences that can be booked in or purchased instantly. If you’re looking to gift a cruise to someone special but you’ve left it to the last minute, don’t stress! Our experience vouchers can be ready instantly, simply pick the cruise, purchase the experience, choose eVoucher and it can be emailed straight away!

Alternatively, if you’re looking for last minute cruises to go on then our range of instant book experiences are right up your alley. Instant book experiences can be booked in straight away for the date and time available. This is the best way to book a last minute cruise without having to stress!

Scenic cruises

If you’re looking for amazing experiences that let you discover the sites, explore cities and witness the beauty of the water, then a scenic cruise is just what you need. From Sydney Harbour sunset cruises and private catamarans, to dolphin cruises of Tangalooma Wreck and snorkelling packages, there are so many scenic cruises to enjoy at RedBalloon.

Dining cruises

The RedBalloon range of dining cruises combine exploring the beauty of the water with a delicious gourmet experience. From sunset cruise with a delicious dinner in Melbourne to a Sydney Harbour cruise with 3 course lunch for 2, you’ll be spoilt for choice at RedBalloon!

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