All International Cruises require travel insurance to be purchased ahead of time, before your trip commences. As for domestic cruises, Australian Medicare benefits are only payable to cruise passengers if you are travelling between two Australian ports, with no intermediate stops outside Australia, and services are provided by a Medicare-eligible doctor (which are not necessarily available on all domestic cruises). For this reason, it is strongly recommended to purchase travel insurance ahead of time, with your travel agent, at time of booking.
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Book well in advance
Booking your cruise in advance is a good idea, for many reasons. Not only will you get access to some of the best specials, you are also more likely to obtain availability for your preferred cabin type. Note that if you are traveling with children, it is advised to book well in advance, as there are limits on the number of children allowed within certain age groups on most Australian cruises.
Accessing the internet whilst cruising can be quite a costly ordeal, so if you can manage to stay unplugged for the duration of your trip, then you will save yourself a fair bit of money. Some cruise companies, such as Princess cruises offer their Platinum members a small internet credit for some of their longer cruises, however perhaps you could consider it a ‘blessing in disguise’, to be able to have no other choice than to relax, unwind, and get a bit of down time.
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