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Cruise travel insurance

Cruise travel insurance can cost as little as $6 a day. Pop in your trip details, filter to see cruise options and compare quotes from 13 brands – that’s more than any other site in Australia.

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What you need to know

  • Aussies love cruises, with 26% of us considering taking a cruise soon.
  • Alas, things can go wrong at sea, and costs like medical expenses can blow out quickly.
  • Travel insurance that covers cruising is kind of essential, but not too expensive.

Do you need special travel insurance for a cruise?

'Cruise travel insurance' is typically a normal travel insurance policy with cover for cruising added onto the policy. You'll get all the standard travel insurance benefits, such as cover for cancelletions and medical care, but it offers some extra, cruise specific coverage. This might include:

  • Onboard medical expenses,
  • Emergency evacuation,
  • Missed ports,
  • Missed cruise departure,
  • Cabin confinement,
  • Formal cruise attire,
  • Marine rescue diversion, and more.

Is cruise travel insurance worth it?

Travel insurance is almost always worth it, and cruise travel insurance is even more so. The main reason for this is because you will really want medical coverage on your trip.

You're probably won't be covered by Medicare on a cruise, so all medical bills will ahve to be paid out of your own pocket. Medical bills can reach the thousands when they're not subsidised, and cruise ships charge a premium for everything. Cruise insurance can reimburse you if something goes wrong. If something goes really wrong, you can also get cover for evacuation expenses to get you to an Aussie hospital quickly.

Can you get travel insurance for COVID on a cruise?

Yes, lots of travel insurance policies now cover COVID-related expenses if you catch the virus. This can include onboard medical expenses, medical evacuation and cancellation or rearrangement costs. For example, if you catch COVID before your cruise, you can cancel and get reimbursed for your trip, usually up to $5,000.

A small proportion of Australians (10%) say they don't plan to book a cruise in the next 12 months because COVID has ruined it, according to a 2023 Finder survey.

COVID still makes up 11% of all claims. On average we are paying out claims for cancellation and travel disruption due to COVID to the value of $1,500, which is a sizeable cost.

Compare cruise travel insurance benefits

Based on our research, we believe these are the most important features of a cruise travel insurance policy.

BrandsAge limitOverseas medical expensesEmergency evacuationMissed port coverCabin confinementApply
ahm logo99 years
Up to $1,000$100 per day
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Freely logo99 years
Up to $1,000$100 per day
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insureandgo79 years
Up to $1,000$75 per day
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Kogan travel insurance logo125 years
Up to $1,000$100 per day
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Covermore logo99 years
Up to $1,000$100 per day
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Medibank logo99 years
Up to $1,000$100 per day
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All clear travel insurance logo99 years
Up to $1,000$75 per day
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1Cover Logo130 years
Up to $750$150 per dayMore info
Webjet logo99 years
Up to $1,000$100 per dayMore info

Note: This information was last updated March 2024
*Missed port cover: Cover if your cruise skips a scheduled port due to weather restrictions or mechanical breakdowns.
**Cabin confinement: Cover if you're confined to you cabin (usually for more than 48hrs) due to a serious illness.

How to find the best cruise travel insurance

The best cruise travel insurance is a policy that is most suited to your individual needs. It's not just one specific policy. To help you find the best cruise travel insurance, follow the simple steps below.

Number 1

Choose a single trip or annual multi-trip policy. Think about all the trips you'll be taking over the next 12 months. If there are 2 or more, an annual policy will save you money and time.

Number 2

Compare brands. Some brands cover more than others and come with higher limits for certain benefits.

Number 3

Choose a brand you trust. If you've never bought cruise travel insurance, look at forums for reviews. Just be careful, since reviews are written by the general public and are heavily influenced by negative outcomes.

Number 4

Buy your cruise travel insurance as early as possible. Most insurers will cover your cancellation fees if you have to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances, so it pays to buy early.

3 million Australians setting sail in the next 12 months
15% of Australians, equivalent to just over 3 million people, plan to book a cruise in the next 12 months, according to Finder's consumer sentiment tracker. Millenials made up the largest percentage (20%) of people planning a trip.

Cheap cruise travel insurance

If you're travelling on a budget and need an affordable policy, getting cheap cruise travel insurance is possible but you might have to sacrifice a few benefits. The most important thing is to have cover for medical treatments and emergency evacuation. Anything on top of that is a bonus.

The table below shows how the cheapest policies usually cover medical and emergency assistance only on cruises. It also shows the price difference among the cheapest, and why paying a bit more money for a policy gives more benefits for your cruise.

Fast CoverTravel Insurance SaverInsure4less
Policy typeBasics Bare Essentials Medical only
Onboard medical assistance
Emergency evacuation
Missed port
Missed shore excursions
Missed cruise departure
Cabin confinement
Formal cruise attire lost, stolen or damaged
Price $76.99$86.00$129.38

We got these prices in November 2023 for a 30-year-old going on a South Pacific cruise for 14 days, with a standard excess of $200.

Angus Kidman

Meet our travel expert Angus Kidman

Angus Kidman is the international editor-at-large at Finder. He's an award-winning journalist, avid travel enthusiast and passionate frequent flyer. Angus appears regularly on Sunrise, Today, The Project, Seven News and other TV and radio shows to share his expert tips.

Angus's top cruise insurance tips

  • Remember, you're not covered by Medicare on a cruise, even if it's only in Australian waters. Make sure you get cover - on-ship treatment is super-pricey.
  • Comprehensive insurance should cover missed connections, but reduce the risk by allowing plenty of time for connecting flights if you're not cruising from your home city.
  • Drinks package warning: travel insurance likely won't cover your for inuries that occur while you're drunk.

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