Whether you’re going on a short cruise in Australian waters, a Pacific cruise, an around-the-world ocean cruise or a river cruise in Europe or Asia, we’ve got wide range of travel insurance for you to choose from.

This cover includes overseas emergency medical and hospital expenses which, once your ship leaves Australian shores, are not covered by either Medicare or your private health insurer.

What’s covered?

Depending on the type of travel insurance you choose, your cover can include:

Overseas medical and hospital expenses

Unlimited amount for on-board and overseas on-shore emergency medical and hospital expenses if you get sick or injured on your cruise (excluding pregnancy and childbirth).

Cancellation and amendment fees

Cost of pre-paid travel, accommodation, meals, tours and activities, and visas if your cruise is cancelled due to an insured event (e.g. an unforeseen illness or injury).

Luggage and personal effects

Cost of repairing or replacing your formal wear, jewellery, camera, etc., if they get lost, stolen or damaged during your cruise (sub-limits apply).

Additional expenses

Extra accommodation, meals and travelling expenses – over and above what you’ve budgeted for – if your voyage is disrupted or you have to return home early due to an insured event.

Cutting your trip short

Cost of pre-paid travel, accommodation, meals, tours and activities if you have to return home early due to an insured event (e.g. you fall ill or a close relative in Australia is hospitalised or dies unexpectedly).

Sports and activities

Cover for more than 90 onboard and onshore sports and activities, including swimming, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, parasailing, and jet skiing.

Rental vehicle insurance excess

Any hire-car insurance excess you become liable to pay as a result of the car being damaged or stolen during a shore excursion.

Pre-existing medical conditions

Cover for 27 pre-existing medical conditions. (If your condition is not covered, you would still be covered for overseas emergency medical and hospital expenses not related to your condition.)

Personal liability

Payments ranging from $1 million to $5 million (depending on your cover) in case you’re held legally liable for accidentally injuring someone else or damaging or losing someone else’s property during your cruise.

Terms, conditions, limits and exclusions apply.

For full details, please read the Product Disclosure Statement.

Choose your cover

You can select from four types of travel insurance for your international or Australian-waters cruise; the following two are popular among cruise-holidayers:

(When deciding what type of cover might suit you, you’ll need to consider your own particular circumstances.)

Comprehensive Travel Insurance

Going on a no-expenses-spared cruise? You may wish to consider our most comprehensive cover, which includes our full list of benefits and entitles you to claim up to our highest benefit amounts.
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Essential Travel Insurance

If you want a critical level of protection at a lower price, this policy – which is cheaper but still includes the essential benefits – might be the one for you.
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Upgrade your cover

For an additional premium, you can customise your travel insurance policy by adding one or more of the following optional extras to your policy:

Snow Sports Cover

Insures you against loss or injury while skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating and more, including the cost of snow sports equipment, lift passes and ski packs.§
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Additional Specified Items Cover

Increase the level of cover for your valuables – including cameras, smartphones, portable electronic equipment, and jewellery – by specifying them in your policy (Comprehensive and Annual Multi-Trip policies only).
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Excess reduction

Halve your excess from the standard $200 to $100; or choose to have no excess.

How do I add these optional extras to my policy?

You can add one or more of these optional extras when you get a quote and buy a policy.

If you’ve already purchased a policy, you can add Snow Sports and/or Additional Specified Items cover only. To do this, call us on 1800 444 424 or log into your online account and edit your policy – before you depart on your trip and within 14 days of the purchase date.

Get a quote

Whether you want cover for just the basics or a policy with lots of bells and whistles, we’ve got a big selection of travel insurance for you to pick from.

Get a quote online in 30 seconds or call us on 1800 444 424.

Find out more

The information on this page is a summary only. For more details about Budget Direct travel insurance, including the terms, conditions, limits and exclusions that apply, please read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS).

How to make a claim

If your trip didn’t go entirely to plan and you need to make a claim, we’re here to help. Make a claim on your travel insurance policy.

Award-winning travel insurance

After comparing all the policies in their database, Australia's largest comparison site, Finder, awarded us their Best Travel Insurance — Comprehensive title in 2018 and 2019.

We also won a Mozo Experts Choice award in 2018 and 2019 for Exceptional Value Basic Travel Insurance (for our Last Minute policy).

finder Awards 2019 Winner, Best Travel Insurance (Comprehensive)
MOZO's Experts Choice 2019 - Exceptional Value Basic Travel Insurance

Frequently asked questions

Does travel insurance cover cruises?

All of our international travel insurance policies automatically cover cruises in international, Australian and other territorial waters.

This cover includes overseas emergency medical and hospital expenses which, once your ship leaves Australian shores, are not covered by either Medicare or your private health insurer.

Read more about cruise travel insurance

Does cruise travel insurance cover time on land?

Yes – shore excursions of up to 48 hours are automatically covered; any longer, and the stopover destination must be listed on your policy.

Just in case, we recommend you list all destinations your cruise is scheduled to dock at.

Read more about cruise travel insurance

Can I get travel insurance if I have a pre-existing medical condition?

Budget Direct travel insurance covers 27 pre-existing health conditions.

See the list of covered pre-existing health conditions.

If your pre-existing medical condition is not one we cover, you can still be covered for claims (including overseas medical and hospital expenses) not related to your condition.

Does travel insurance cover trip cancellation?

All Budget Direct travel insurance policies except Last Minute can cover the cost of cancelling (or amending) your trip due to an insured event. Read more

Does travel insurance cover mechanical breakdown?

Yes – if your aircraft or sea vessel is delayed for at least 12 hours, you can claim:

  • travel delay expenses (excluding Last Minute policy)
  • cost of extra kennel or cattery fees resulting from the abovementioned delay (Comprehensive and Annual Multi-Trip policies only).  

§ Our Domestic policy does not cover medical and hospital expenses, as these are claimable in Australia from Medicare and/or your private health fund.

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