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 |  Hurtigruten | Oceania Cruises | Ponant | Princess CruisesRegent Seven Seas | Seabourn | Silversea | Virgin Voyages


You have up to 48 hours before you sail to cancel and receive 100% of the amount paid in a Future Cruise Credit to be used for a new or existing Azamara booking departing on or before 30 September 2022 by 31 May 2021. The credit must be applied toward the cruise fare by 30 April 2022.

Learn more about Azamara here.

Celebrity Cruises

Book a cruise that departs before 30 April 2022 by 31 May 2021 and as long as you cancel your cruise at least 48 hours before your sail date, you’ll receive a Future Cruise Credit to the value of the amount you paid for your cruise. These credits can then be used on any sailing that departs before 30 September 2022*.

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 cancelling a voyage sailing on or before 01 October 2021, you will be charged a cancellation levy as a percentage of the fare paid. If you are cancelling a voyage sailing on or after 02 October, standard cancellation policy applies. 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

For Holland America cruises booked by 31 May 2021 and departing before 31 October 2021, 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 Holland America Line here.


We know booking a holiday during this time of uncertainty can feel risky. Give yourself peace of mind with Hurtigruten’s Book with Confidence offer. Make a new booking on any 2021 or 2022 cruise and if you cancel for any reason in the future you’ll receive a refund, including your deposit*! (Conditions apply) Bookings must be made by 30 April 2021 to take advantage of this great offer.

Learn more about Hurtigruten cruises here.

Oceania Cruises

You can now have total peace of mind knowing that should you need to cancel, for any reason, you will not lose a dollar. Guests who have paid in full may cancel up to 15 days prior to their departure and receive a Future Cruise Credit equal to 100% of the cruise fare paid*. Applicable for bookings to 31 March 21, applicable for cruise bookings to 31 October 21. The Future Cruise Credit is valid for redemption for one year from the date of issue for travel departing no later than 31st December 2022*.

Additionally, you can book with confidence knowing that up to the day of sailing, should there be another applicable Oceania Cruises public promotion offering a better value through amenities or price, you may take advantage of that promotional offer and/or price*.

Learn more about Oceania cruises here.


In this time of uncertainty, Ponant has implemented a flexible SERENITY Policy with softened booking conditions, so you can have peace of mind when booking and, if necessary, the option to postpone or cancel your voyage.

For any new cruise booked by 30 June 2021, departing before 31 October 2022:

  • Pay just 25% deposit
  • Pay the final balance 30 days before departure

If you choose to postpone or cancel your booking for whatever reason, so long as it is more than 30 days prior to departure, you will receive a Future Cruise Credit to the value of 100% of the monies paid.  For cancellations or postponements within 30 days, normal policies apply.  If your cruise cannot operate you will also receive a full refund of all monies paid, whereas if you receive a positive COVID test you can either postpone your cruise for free or cancel for a full refund of all monies paid.

Learn more about Ponant here.

Princess Cruises

If you make a booking by 30 April 2021 on a cruise that is due to depart before 31 October 2021 then you can cancel up to 30 days prior to sailing and receive your cancellation fees back as a Future Cruise Credit.

These can be used on any sailing that departs by 31 December 2022*.

Learn more about Princess Cruises here.

Regent Seven Seas

Regent Reassurance is a policy that seeks to give you flexibility, choice, and the confidence to plan your Regent Seven Seas Cruises vacation. Regent Reassurance allows new and existing reservations paid in full to cancel up to 15 days* prior to the departure date and receive a 100% Future Cruise Credit*. Applicable for reservations made between 1 September 2020 and 30 April 2021 on voyages embarking on or before 31 October 2021*.

Learn more about Regent Seven Seas here.


For Seabourn cruises booked by 31 May 2021 that depart through 31 December 2021, 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

You will be able to cancel your cruise up to 30 days prior to departure for all voyages until 30 April 2022, without penalties when selecting a Future Cruise Credit (FCC)*. Applicable for all bookings made prior to 30 April 2021. World Cruise is excluded. 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 (30 April 21) 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 before June 30th, 2021, for any sailing in 2021, to take advantage of our flexible booking policy — which allows you 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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