Book with Confidence

Making the investment on a luxury cruise is a major one, and Discerning Traveller knows being able to book with confidence is all but essential during these turbulent times. We understand that over this unique period, booking a cruise or making any travel plans at all can seem risky, especially as Australians eagerly await for the Government to announce an official date for cruises to resume. Yet, there is no better time to look ahead and plan your next adventure once this pandemic is over than now. Discerning Traveller invites you to dream big, plan away and give yourself some time to truly unwind!

A number of cruise lines have created a Book With Confidence Policy, or something similarly named, to help take the worry out of booking your next cruise holiday. You can view the policy specifics below from a number of major cruise lines and book your cruise with confidence with Discerning Traveller now:

AzamaraCelebrity Cruises | Coral Expeditions | Cunard Line | Holland America Line |  HurtigrutenPonant | Princess Cruises| Seabourn | Silversea | Virgin Voyages


Book an Azamara cruise by 31 August 2022 that departs on or before 31 December 2022 and not only will you have up to 48 hours before you sail to cancel, but you will receive 100% of the amount paid in a Future Cruise Credit to be used for a new or existing Azamara booking. These credits can be used on any sailing departing on or before 30 June 2023*

Learn more about Azamara here.

Celebrity Cruises

New bookings are covered by Celebrity Cruises' Best Price Guarantee policy.

Learn more about Celebrity Cruises here.

Coral Expeditions

In case of deferral or cancellation, guests will receive a 100% future cruise credit to defer their cruise.  Guests will also be protected against any rate increases on like for like itineraries and will have no fees or charges applied.

Book confidently and transfer your deposit payment towards any future Coral Expeditions trip in the event you are unable to travel on the cruise you originally booked.

Learn more about Coral Expeditions here.

Cunard Line

You may transfer your Cunard booking to a new date as many times as you like before your final balance is due! If you are transferring to a higher value voyage you’ll be required to pay the difference, whereas if you’re transferring to a cheaper voyage you’ll be refunded the difference. If you are booked on a Cunard voyage and wish to cancel, please refer to the cancellation policy outlined in the terms and conditions.* Cunard will levy a cancellation charge as a percentage of the fare paid. If you are unable to cruise due to a positive COVID-19 test received within 14 days of sailing, you’ll receive a Future Cruise Credit to the value of your cruise*.

Learn more about Cunard Line cruises here.

Holland America Line

Book a Holland America cruise by 30 September 2022 that departs on or before 31 December 2022, and if you cancel for any reason up to 30 days prior to departure, you will retain your cancellation fees in the form of a Future Cruise Credit with the remainder refunded to you.*

Furthermore, if you test positive for COVID-19, you may cancel up to your sailing date and still receive the same remuneration as stated above.

Learn more about Holland America Line here.


Book a Hurtigruten cruise by 30 June 2022 that departs before 31 December 2022 without paying any booking fees. If you decide to cancel your voyage prior to the final payment date on your booking, Hurtigruten will refund your payment as well as the previously non-refundable deposit, minus a cancellation fee.

Learn more about Hurtigruten cruises here.


Book a Ponant cruise by 1 July 2022 onwards:

  • 15 days to cancel or postpone without charge after confirmation of your booking
  • Cancellation until the last moment in case of a positive COVID test
  • Optional pandemic assistance with repatriation cover up to €150,000*.

Learn more about Ponant here.

Princess Cruises

Book a Princess cruise by 31 May 2022 that departs before 30 September 2022, and if you cancel up to 30 days prior to sailing, you will receive your cancellation fees back as a Future Cruise Credit. These can be used on any sailing that departs by 31 December 2022*. Future Cruise Credits issued under the Book with Confidence policy will expire a year from the date you received your credit*.

Learn more about Princess Cruises here.


Book a Seabourn cruise that departs on or before 31 March 2023, and you may cancel for any reason up to 30 days prior to departure and retain your cancellation fees in the form of a Future Cruise Credit, with the remainder refunded to you.*

Learn more about Seabourn here.

Silversea Cruises

Book a Silversea travelling 1 December 2021 to 31 March 2023 and standard cancellation policy will apply. However if you or your travelling party are affected by Covid, supplement terms and conditions will apply which will allow and you to cancel up to 30 days prior to departure and retain the value of the booking as a Future Cruise Credit (excludes world cruises). *

The FCC has 2 years of validity from the issuing date. Any booking made using the FCC must be made prior to the expiry date as stated and the voyage must commence no later than one year after the expiry date. The FCC has no cash value and will be forfeited if not used prior to the expiration date.

Learn more about Silversea Cruises here.

Virgin Voyages

Book any Virgin Voyages cruise by 31 May 2022, for sailings through 15 October 2022 and enjoy the freedom to cancel up to 48 hours before the voyage date and receive full Future Voyage Credit.*

Learn more about Virgin Voyages here.

Book with confidence today!

Need some help booking your next opulent holiday? Discerning Traveller is more than happy to help you book with confidence. Contact us today and one of our brilliant travel consultants with years of experience will more than gladly assist you in any way to book your next adventure. Whether you are looking for luxurious ocean cruises or extravagant river cruises, our team has the expertise to find the right itinerary that perfectly fits your preferences.

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Terms and Conditions:
Information on Booking with Confidence has been taken from the cruise line website and is subject to change without notice. Bookings made during a reduced deposit campaign may have differing Book with Confidence terms and conditions. For the most up-to-date policy and how it affects your booking, please contact our Reservations team.
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