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FLY ME NOW: There's an epic 19-day US to Europe cruise that's only $5000 including flights.

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If 2019 was your year of staring at everyone else’s epic holidays on Instagram and wondering “how did you even afford that?”, then 2020 is when you make it happen for yourself – without having to completely firebomb your savings account.

We’ve scoped out three of the best-value deals from The Cruise Café, the one-stop shop that packages together flights, cruises and hotel stays so you literally don’t have to plan a thing.

And yes, they throw in freebies. Like free drinks packages. Balcony upgrades. Nice hotels. All the good stuff.

Get this, though – we’ve also scored a Mamamia exclusive offer for anyone reading this: $100 off any of The Cruise Café’s holidays for a limited time only. Just mention us when you call 1800 956 502. You’re welcome.

Let’s start with our fave deal first:

1. Getaway to New York, Spain and Italy.

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Park Guell, Barcelona. Yes please. Image: Getty.

Cruise line: Norwegian Cruise Line

Duration: 19 nights

Departing: 21 April 2020

Price: From $4999 per person.

Inclusions:

  • All flights and taxes
  • Two nights at a 4-star New York hotel
  • Two nights at a 4-star Rome hotel
  • 15-night cruise on board Norwegian Getaway with all meals and entertainment
  • Free All-Inclusive Drinks Package
  • Free Balcony to Suite Upgrade
  • Free bonus offers for Balcony & Suite bookings including:
    • Free shore excursion credits
    • Free specialty dining package
    • Free on-board Wi-Fi

The What: This one's a trip of a lifetime. Board the Norwegian Getaway, where you can enjoy Broadway-style entertainment on board, more than 25 top restaurants, and an award-winning spa and salon.

You start out in New York, where you can shop, visit great restaurants, explore Central Park and get your customary selfie with the Statue of Liberty. The cruise takes you across the Atlantic to Lisbon, Portugal, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with its colourful Neoclassical buildings, iconic tram lines, and local arts and crafts. Did we mention authentic Portuguese tarts?

Next up is Spain: the white-washed buildings of gorgeous town Cadiz; the vibrant port of Malaga; and the Mediterranean gem that is Mallorca. And finally, the capital of Spain's Catalonia region - Barcelona in all its beautiful, sangria-soaked, Gaudi architecture-filled glory.

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After that, there's a day in the French Riviera hub of Cannes, followed by the Italian leg of the journey: Livorno, Florence, Pisa and Rome. Renaissance masterpieces and delicious pasta and pizza? We're there.

Now, why? Because life's too short and you've got Easter and Anzac Day public holidays in the middle of this, so you don't need to take as much work leave. And the free drinks package and balcony upgrade is super enticing. DO IT.

BOOK HERE AND GET $100 OFF FROM MAMAMIA 

2. Vietnam, Japan and China Encounter

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Golden Bridge on Ba Na Hills in Da Nang, Vietnam. Image: Getty.

Cruise line: Royal Caribbean International

Duration: 15 nights

Departing: 28 April 2020

Price: From $2599 per person.

Inclusions:

  • All flights and taxes
  • Two nights at a 4-star Singapore hotel
  • 12-night cruise on board Quantum of the Seas with all meals and entertainment
  • One night at a 4-star Beijing hotel

The What: The Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas is as epic as it sounds: it has a 300ft observation tower, a luxe spa and fitness centre, actual Broadway shows, outdoor movies under the stars, and a lot more.

The itinerary is as diverse as Asia: start out in Singapore with that perfect balance of fine dining and incredible street food. Next up is Vietnam: explore the colourful pagodas, cathedrals and palaces of Ho Chi Minh City, then head to the naturally stunning port of Da Nang.

There's a day in Hong Kong (Victoria Park is a must, as is Kowloon Harbour), followed by the perfect white-sandy island getaway right after all that hustle and bustle: Okinawa in Japan. The trip ends in Beijing, where you can choose to explore the city or take a trip to the Great Wall of China.

Now, why? If you tried to see all of these places in 15 days on your own, can you imagine how stressful that would be flying between each city? The good thing about this cruise is that you're at sea every second day, so there's time to relax in between your day trips.  

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BOOK HERE AND GET $100 OFF FROM MAMAMIA 

3. Gems of Perth & Cruise to Melbourne

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Go west: Put Perth on your 2020 agenda. Image: Supplied.

Cruise line: Princess Cruises

Duration: 10 nights

Departing: 18 October 2020

Price: From $2499 per person.

Inclusions:

  • All flights and taxes
  • Four nights at a 4-star Perth hotel
  • Six-night cruise on board Sapphire Princess with all meals and entertainment
  • Interior to Ocean View Upgrade

The What: With so many international cruise options, it's easy to forget how much we have right here at home. This trip takes you from Perth to Adelaide to Melbourne at a nice, chilled-out pace. Do as much or as little as you like – head to Rottnest Island for a day out of Perth, hike Mount Lofty Ranges outside of Adelaide, or scope out Melbourne's colourful laneways.

Voted the winner of Food & Wine Magazine's Best Cruise Line for Food Lovers, the Sapphire Princess puts your tastebuds first – they even have an exclusive menu designed by Aussie celebrity chef Curtis Stone. We're there.

Now, why? Because there's so much to see right here on our own doorstep. Plus, if you haven't done much cruising yet, this is a great option. There's a lot for families, including a kids' club, and plenty of luxurious spaces for adults who are looking for more of a romantic or peaceful getaway.

BOOK HERE AND GET $100 OFF FROM MAMAMIA.

Not found something you like here yet? Head to The Cruise Café and search all their deals. Remember, we can give you $100 off from Mamamia, because, hell, you deserve it.

*Offers available for a limited time.

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Discover fantastic deals with The Cruise Café. With an exciting range of cruises from great value sailings, to budget deals and last-minute cruises to fabulous stays; you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to explore next.

As part of the Imagine Cruising family, The Cruise Café believe there is a better way to explore the world. Providing remarkable experiences, The Cruise Café redefine cruising and create holidays that won’t break the bank.

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