Cruise Contract (AU)



1.     Introduction


These are the terms and conditions under which you book your cruise holiday and travel on any Holland America Line cruise product we sell you. You are bound by these terms and conditions, so it is important that you read them carefully.

Holland America Line/We/Our/Us means Carnival plc, and where the context permits, includes the Carrier. Carrier means Holland America Line N.V. in its capacity as General Partner of Cruiseport Curaçao C.V. You are entering into this contract with Carnival plc trading as Holland America Line, ARBN 107 998 443

In these terms and conditions, words which appear in italics have the meaning set out in the Dictionary in clause 31.

Certain laws such as the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and any applicable state based consumer legislation (from here known as 'consumer laws'), are in place for your protection. They are designed to ensure our services are provided with due care and skill and are reasonably fit for a cruise holiday. These ‘Terms & Conditions' do not alter any protection given to you by consumer laws.

All prices are correct at the time of publication and are quoted in Australian dollars, unless otherwise noted.

2.     Cruise itineraries are not guaranteed

Many factors may affect our ability to provide any particular itinerary. These include weather, mechanical difficulties, civil unrest or other unforeseen circumstances.

We agree to use reasonable endeavours to provide a cruise in accordance with our published schedules and itineraries. However, we do not guarantee itineraries and they do not form part of your contract with us..

If we are unable to operate in accordance with our published itinerary, we may in some circumstances offer you assistance or compensation in accordance with clause 25.

3.     Bookings

Each stateroom booked represents an individual booking and can accommodate between one (1) and five (5) guests, depending on the stateroom configuration. Each booking will be allocated a unique booking number.

4.     Your agreement with us

When you first make a payment towards your cruise holiday, you represent that you have the authority from all guests on your booking(s) to accept these `Terms & Conditions' on their behalf. Parents/Legal guardians accept the 'Terms & Conditions' on behalf of their children, including those who travel in a separate stateroom. Once we have received a payment on a booking, an agreement on these 'Terms & Conditions' becomes effective between all guests on the booking(s) and Carnival plc, and where applicable the Carrier.

5.     Payments

Once you have decided on your holiday, we will need a deposit to secure your booking. If booking within 90 days of sailing or on certain promotions, we may require full payment to secure your booking.

Please ensure you check the deposit and payment conditions at the time of booking as these can vary by sailing and promotion. The payment conditions provided with your booking confirmation set out deposit and final payment details. You must pay in accordance with those details.

Please note a service charge applies to credit card transactions. Any applicable service charge will be advised to you at the time of payment. If we have not received your deposit or final payment by the due date, the booking will be automatically cancelled and our ‘Cancellation Policy’ will apply.

Cancellation Protection Plans (“CPP”) are optional and are available for purchase prior to the date on which cancellation fees begin to accrue. Payment for the plan is due at time of purchase and is non-refundable.

6.     Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase appropriate international travel insurance at the time you pay your deposit. If you do not purchase travel insurance, you may not be able to recover cancellation charges, medical costs, repatriation and other expenses that may arise if things do not go according to plan.

7.     Cancellation & Refunds

Although we would love to see you on board, we understand that plans can change. Should you need to cancel your booking, a component of your booking or any guest/s within your booking we ask that you notify your Travel Agent or Holland America Line Reservations at your earliest convenience. The refunds or cancellation charges that will be payable depend on the amount of notice you give us, as set out below. Note: all amounts paid for CPP are non-refundable.

Grand World; Grand Voyages; any Segment of a Grand World or Grand Voyage; 28+ day Hawaii, Tahiti & Marquesas; Incan Empires; Amazon Explorer; 30+ Europe Transatlantic or any segment of a 30+ day Europe Transatlantic sailing; ms Rotterdam Far East; and Tales of the South Pacific


Days Prior to Departure

Cancellation Fee

121+ Full Refund^
91 – 120 Deposit Amount^*
76 – 90 60% of total fare^*
0 – 75 100% of total fare^*

All Holiday; Australia/New Zealand; South Pacific; Asia; ms Prinsendam Europe; South America/Antarctica sailings; 

Days Prior to Departure

Cancellation Fee

91+ Full Refund^
64 – 90 Deposit Amount^*
43 – 63 50% of total fare^*
22 – 42 75% of total fare^*
0 – 21 100% of total fare^*

All other voyages and Land+Sea Journeys; 

Days Prior to Departure

Cancellation Fee

76+ Full Refund^
57 – 75 Deposit Amount^*
29 – 56 50% of total fare^*
16 – 28 75% of total fare^*
0 – 15

100% of total fare^*

Note: 'Total Fare' is the total amount payable to us for your booking excluding any payment made towards CPP.

^ Any Restricted Flight Ease flights booked will be charged 100% of the total airfare paid as a cancellation fee. Please refer to the Flight Ease Terms & Conditions for further information. 

* Any Flexible Flight Ease flights booked will be charged up to 100% of the total airfare paid as a cancellation fee if cancelled after the cruise final payment due date. Please refer to the Flight Ease Terms & Conditions for further information.

Please note, promotional fares may have different cancellation and refund conditions which will be stated on your booking confirmation. Please ensure you check these at the time of booking.

Your Travel Agent may also have different cancellation and refund conditions. Please ensure you check with your Travel Agent at the time of booking.

8.     Your Fare

Your fare is determined by the fare type, the number of guests in your stateroom, its location on the ship, the amenities offered, taxes, mandatory fees and port expenses and any applicable airfares including taxes and fees.

9.     Fare Changes

Once booked, your fare is only subject to any increased taxes, fees and port expenses. You will be notified of this before it is added to your fare or to your on board account. 

Sometimes we will release promotional fares. These can be offered and withdrawn at any time. If after booking you decide to change to one of these promotional fares, you will need to cancel your existing booking and our Cancellation Policy will then apply.

10.  Stateroom Changes

When making a booking with a specific stateroom number, please advise us or your Travel Agent if you do not want your stateroom changed. This means that you would not be eligible for a complimentary upgrade to a higher priced category, if one was to become available. Please be aware that in the event you receive a complimentary upgrade to a higher priced category, we cannot guarantee that any friends or family travelling with you in a separate booking will also be upgraded.

Please note, if you receive a complimentary upgrade it is not possible to return to your original stateroom. Your stateroom can still be changed for operational reasons, including when the number of people booked in the stateroom is less that the number of beds in the stateroom, or if you have selected a wheelchair stateroom and do not required one.

In addition, when a booking is made without a specific stateroom assigned a stateroom will be allocated at our discretion in the category booked, or a higher priced category, at a later date.

11.  Fuel Supplement

We may elect to impose a fuel supplement at any time, in which case any additional fees will apply to new bookings only. The total price quoted to you at the time of booking will be inclusive of any applicable fuel supplement.

12.  Booking Changes

Once you have made your booking, please check your booking confirmation or with your Travel Agent to ensure the details are correct. Should you need to make changes to your booking (spelling corrections or to replace a guest*), cancellation or administration fees may apply. If you have also booked Flight Ease flights, additional fees will be charged as per the Flight Ease Terms and Conditions for any booking changesNew guests added to bookings, and new bookings made, within 48 hours of departure will be asked for passport information at the time of booking for security clearance. Please note, we are unable to accept new bookings or new guests on the day of departure.

* One original guest from the booking must always remain in the stateroom. If the cancelling guest was the only person that qualified the booking for a promotional fare (eg. past guest fare), additional and remaining guests will no longer be entitled to this promotional fare. The booking will revert to a different fare and the remaining guests will need to pay the difference in cost, if any.

13.  Pregnancy

Guests who are pregnant during their cruise are required to supply a physician’s 'fit to travel' note, including your estimated due date, prior to embarkation. We are unable to accept any guests who will have entered their 24th week or later of pregnancy, before or during the cruise. 

14.  Minimum age to travel

To ensure there is suitable supervision, there needs to be at least one guest 21 years or older in each stateroom; provided that for cruises departing from Australia (and New Zealand if applicable), there needs to be at least one guest 18 years or older in each stateroom. However, to accommodate families cruising together, children may occupy a separate stateroom to their parent/legal guardian, providing one child is 16 years or over.

For cruises departing from an Australian port between 1 November and 7 January, any guest under 19 years of age on the day they board the cruise, must travel in the same stateroom as a responsible adult 19 years or older. In addition, from 8 January to 31 January, there is a limit on the number of guests under 19 years of age who can travel unaccompanied. Once the limit is reached, a responsible adult 19 years or older must travel in the same stateroom. We can advise you at the time of booking whether the limit applies to your booking. The responsible adult is accountable for guests under 19 years of age in their stateroom for the duration of the cruise, and the 'Rights of the Captain' will be applied to anyone who displays disruptive behaviour.

We welcome children 6 months and over at the time of sailing to cruise with us; except for transocean crossings or other itineraries which our Medical Department feels present a significant risk, where infants must be a minimum of 12 months of age at embarkation. We are unable to accommodate infants under 12 months due to limited neo-natal facilities on board and at ports of call. In addition, children under three (3) years must remain with their parent/legal guardian at all times.

15.  Children & Teenagers

For the safety and enjoyment of all on board, there may be limits on the number of children and teenagers that can be carried within different age groups. The age of the guest on the day they board the cruise is the age we use for the entire holiday. We can advise you at the time of booking whether we are able to accept bookings for children on the cruise you have chosen.

Parents/legal guardians are responsible for children and teenagers at all times, including when they are in Club HAL. If a child or teenager displays dangerous or disruptive behaviour, the 'Rights of the Captain' will be applied to both parent/legal guardian and child/teenager.

Children's access to pools and spas may be restricted and adult supervision is required.

16.  Club HAL

To attend Club HAL children need to be three (3) years of age or over and toilet trained.

Use of Club HAL requires daily registration and entry is on a first-come-first-served basis as places are limited. On Sea days babysitting services for children 5 years of age and younger are available (based on availability of staff) for a fee. 

17.  Requirements to Travel

Passports, visas and vaccinations are your responsibility. 

Without the necessary passport, visas and/or vaccinations, local authorities may deny you boarding, prevent you from going ashore, issue a fine or deny the ship entry into the port.

It is also your responsibility to ensure you have all the necessary documentation which permits you to travel. If you do not have all the necessary documentation, you may be denied boarding and no refunds will be given.

Where a visa or visa free entry stamp is issued on arrival into port (and you have not made independent visa arrangements in advance) HAL may impose a visa fee and/or a processing fee which will be added to your onboard account.

For all cruises, passports are required for all guests and must be valid for a minimum of six (6) months beyond the date of the cruise return. In addition, travel on our cruises will not revalidate an Australian or New Zealand re-entry visa. 

18.  Illicit items

To ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for all our guests, it will be necessary for our staff and other parties, such as port and government agencies, to search you and your luggage. You agree to allow such searches. We can deny boarding or disembark any person in possession of any weapons, radioactive materials, inflammable or hazardous items, controlled substances or illicit substances. 

19.  Alcohol & Gambling

We are committed to the responsible service of alcohol. There may be times when we consider it appropriate to refuse the service of alcohol to a guest for any reason. Guests must be 21 years or over to purchase or consume alcohol onboard, and 18 years or over to gamble on board. For cruises departing from a homeport in Australia (and New Zealand if applicable) the legal drinking age will be 18 years or over. Government issued photo identification may be requested (Queensland ‘Proof of Age Card’ will be accepted, however the older version, Queensland ‘Card 18+’ will not be accepted). Any alcohol purchased ashore will be collected at the gangway for safe keeping and will be returned to you on the last day of your cruise.

Each guest legally permitted to drink alcohol may bring one bottle of wine or champagne (no larger than 750ml) onboard in carry-on luggage at the beginning of the voyage. This bottle will not be subject to a corkage fee if consumed in the stateroom. Additional wine or champagne bottles (no larger than 750ml) in carry-on luggage are welcome, but will incur a US$18.00 (subject to change) corkage fee each, irrespective of where they are intended to be consumed. Guests are not allowed to bring beer, boxed wine, or other liquors and spirits onboard. Holland America Line reserves the right to remove all alcoholic beverages from any guest luggage that violates this policy. Any alcoholic beverage found will be removed and returned on the last evening of the voyage. Guests will not receive any monetary compensation for alcoholic beverages that were removed from luggage.

Wine and champagne bottles (no larger than 750ml) purchased in ports of call are welcome to be brought onboard subject to a US$18.00 (subject to change) corkage fee each, irrespective of where they are intended to be consumed. Alternatively guests can choose to have these bottles stored and returned on the last evening of the voyage at no charge. 

All other alcoholic beverages that are purchased in ports of calls as well as all alcoholic beverages purchased from onboard shops will be stored and returned on the last evening of the voyage at no charge. HAL is not responsible for any alcoholic beverages confiscated by local security staff. These items are not eligible for monetary refund or replacement.

20.  Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in staterooms and most other indoor areas. For those who smoke, there are selected areas where smoking is permitted and this information will be communicated to you onboard. 

21.  Your Health

We care about the health and safety of our guests. To assist, please advise us at the time of booking if you have any condition that requires medical attention, medication or special treatment. If you have a medical condition, we may ask you to complete a health questionnaire.

If a guest has a condition that we decide may seriously affect the enjoyment, health or safety of themselves or any other person on board, we can refuse or cancel a booking, where necessary. We will give reasonable consideration when reaching this decision and will advise you as soon as possible. As long as you have provided us with a completed health questionnaire with all relevant information about the condition, you will be entitled to a full refund if we cancel your booking on the basis of this condition.

Guests who need assistance should always be accompanied by a carer to help with day to day activities as our crew and medical staff are unable to act as personal carers.

Please note that some ports can only be accessed using the ship’s tenders. Tender ports may not be accessible to guests confined to a wheelchair or with significant mobility impairments. 

22.  On board Medical Centre

Each ship has a Medical Centre that is staffed by registered doctors and nurses, who are available during scheduled clinic times to provide medical care for everyone on board. They are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for medical emergencies. Our Medical Centre is only for medical needs arising on board and cannot cater for treatments that you know you will require while on holiday.

We are not a healthcare provider and may not be held liable for the sickness, injury or death of any guest arising from any advice, treatment, care, services or any omission by medical staff. These medical providers exercise their own medical judgement and expertise. 

23.  On board Medical Charges

All cruises on our ships are outside the scope of Australian Medicare, New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and private health insurance. Consultations, treatments and medication are charged at private rates and must be paid by you and claimed through your travel insurance. 

24.  Other Service Providers

While we specialise in cruising holidays, you may choose to book other services with us such as flights and shore excursions. We can assist you in making these arrangements; however, we act only as a booking agent. The service providers are solely responsible for the information and service offered and their conditions will apply. Although our responsibility is on board the ship, where we arrange these services for you, we will assist in addressing any concerns you may have.

Any arrangements made with other service providers by or for you are your responsibility and entirely at your own risk. 

25.  Ship & Itinerary Changes

We will do everything we reasonably can to make sure everything goes according to plan; however, sometimes changes can happen that may affect your holiday experience. This could include weather, mechanical difficulties, civil unrest or any other unforeseen circumstances.

In addition, we may charter all or part of the ship, or remove the ship from service where this becomes necessary. We may change the itinerary, ship or cancel the cruise due to operational or commercial requirements.

We will notify you of these changes as soon as we can. If we are forced to cancel your cruise for any reason prior to departure we will provide a full refund. Since your itinerary is not guaranteed, please do not make any important arrangements or meetings based on the proposed itinerary.

Changes within our control

Where we make a significant change to the ports in your itinerary prior to departure and this is due to a circumstance within our control, for example for operational or commercial requirements you will have the choice of:

  1. the new itinerary;
  2. an alternative cruise of comparable standard, if available; or
  3. cancelling the cruise for a full refund of your fare paid.


For the purposes of this clause, 'significant change' means a change to the city of departure or disembarkation, or to the majority (by number) of the other ports in your itinerary.

Changes outside our control

If it is necessary to change the itinerary due to safety, maritime law, severe weather or to protect human life or health or other factors outside our control, we will attempt to offer a revised itinerary as close as possible to the original itinerary. We will not provide any compensation in connection with the revised itinerary unless consumer laws require otherwise.

17.  Travel restrictions and the rights of the Captain

You are responsible for ensuring that no travel restrictions apply to you. If police or any other authority in any jurisdiction notify us of, or we otherwise become aware of, any matter that reasonably causes us to believe your presence onboard presents a risk to your own health or safety or the health or safety of other guests and crew, we, or the Captain, may deny you boarding. A full refund will provided to any guest denied boarding on this basis.

Once the cruise has commenced, if a guest seriously affects the safety, well-being or enjoyment of themselves or any other person onboard, the Captain has the right to confine, sedate or disembark the guest. In such cases, we are not responsible for any expenses including your return home. In addition, you will not be entitled to any refunds. While the Captain will always act reasonably in these circumstances, you accept that the safety, well-being and enjoyment of everyone onboard, comes first.

18.  Leaving the cruise early

If you are required, or choose, to leave the cruise for any reason (unless caused by our proven negligence or failure to provide services with due care and skill and that are reasonably fit for purpose), we are not responsible for any expenses, including your return home. This also applies if you do not return to the ship in time for sailing after a port visit. If we assist with any costs, you will need to repay us on your return. In addition, you will not be entitled to any refunds.

19.  Limitation of Liability

Limitation of liability for Recreational Services

Save for liability for significant personal injury caused by Reckless Conduct by us or our servants or agents, we exclude liability for all Excluded Recreational Liabilities arising out of the supply of Recreational Services.

Contributory Negligence

Our liability will be reduced in proportion to any negligence or fault on your part.

Notification of Claims

In the unlikely event you have reason to take legal action against us, you agree to use all reasonable efforts to bring the issue to our attention as soon as possible.

20.  Choice of law and jurisdiction

This contract is governed by the laws in force in New South Wales. You agree that any action you bring against us will be brought in New South Wales, Australia. If you have a claim against us, you agree only to bring action against us and not any of our related bodies corporate as defined in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

21.  Privacy

Privacy laws safeguard your personal details.

Personal Information

During the booking process and your cruise holiday, we ask for personal information about you. By providing this information, you authorise us to handle your personal information in the ways indicated below:

  • to collect personal information within the meaning of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) about you:
    • from any third party making a booking on your behalf for cruise administration purposes;
    • if you are travelling as part of a group – from any person in the group for cruise administration purposes;
    • from any third party where it is necessary to provide a health service to you (including a medical disembarkation) and you are unable to provide the information directly;
    • for security purposes;
    • for accident/incident reporting, investigation and management purposes;


Where lawful and reasonably necessary to perform our functions or activities, we may be required to collect sensitive information including information about health, race and criminal record.

  • to disclose your personal information:
  • to our service providers, including mailing houses, ticketing companies, marketing agencies, emergency response providers, call centres, claims processors and lawyers for the purpose of enabling them to provide relevant services;
  • to our customer service providers which are located in the United States and India;
  • to related entities within the Carnival group of companies (headquartered in the United States and United Kingdom with registered branch offices in Australia, New Zealand and Japan) for cruise administration for business operation purposes including, without limitation, to provide better service to our customers, to comply with our legal obligations, to operate and grow our business, to improve and customize the content you see, to provide the products, services or membership benefits you request, and to contact you about special promotions and new products.
  • to your travel agent for cruise administration purposes, including any information relating to travel bans;
  • where you book as part of a group – to every guest in your group (excluding credit card details);
  • to an emergency contact person you have nominated for emergency management purposes;
  • to Australian and foreign government departments/agencies/bodies responsible for customs, immigration, ports, quarantine and law enforcement, including police in Australia, New Zealand and each of the ports in your itinerary, for reporting purposes;


Where lawful we may also be required to disclose sensitive information about you to the entities listed above.

  • to use and disclose your personal information, and where lawful, your sensitive information:
    • for product research and development purposes, including conducting past guest surveys;
    • for reporting, assessing, investigating, processing and otherwise managing accidents/incidents, including disclosures to lawyers and insurers;
    • for public health and quarantine purposes;
    • for medical treatment (including medical disembarkation) purposes, including disclosures to health service providers, medical evacuation assistance companies, hotels, airlines, travel agents and, where you are unable to consent, next of kin.
  • where your onboard expenses are charged to someone else’s credit card – to deliver onboard account statements regarding those expenses to the credit card holder;
  • where we need to disclose your personal information to someone who is not in Australia – to transfer your personal information outside Australia;
  • where we need to disclose your health information to someone who is not in New South Wales or to a Commonwealth agency – to transfer your health information outside New South Wales or to the Commonwealth agency;
  • in the event that you lodge a complaint or claim about any matter with or in relation to us – to use and disclose your personal information for the purpose of reporting, assessing, investigating, processing, responding to and resolving your complaint or claim, including disclosures to relevant government departments/agencies/bodies, courts/tribunals, your travel agent, any authorised representative acting on your behalf and lawyers. You also authorise us to collect from any third party sensitive information about you within the meaning of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), and for any third party to disclose personal information about you to us, for the above-mentioned purpose.


You consent to us sending you commercial electronic messages, including by email and messaging services such as SMS, and to us contacting you by telephone and fax, to provide information about our products and services. You may request to be removed from our contact lists at any time.

Security Cameras

For the safety and security of our guests and crew, we use Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) to monitor and record public areas on board all our ships. If necessary, this footage may be viewed by our own personnel, advisors and external parties with a relevant interest. We are not responsible for any consequences arising from the viewing or other use of this footage.

If you would like to access your personal information or obtain a copy of our Privacy Policy, please contact us on:


Post: PO Box 1429
Chatswood NSW 2057

Alternatively, you can view our Privacy Policy webpage here.

22.  Dictionary

In these terms and conditions:

  • "Australian Consumer Law" means schedule 2 of the CCA and any equivalent state or territory legislation;
  • "CCA" means the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth);
  • "Consumer Guarantee" means right or guarantees a guest may have under the Australian Consumer Law or other rights in relation to the supply of goods or services that cannot lawfully be excluded or limited;
  • "Consequential Loss" means any loss or damage suffered by a guest or any other person that is indirect or consequential, including but not limited to loss of revenue, loss of income, loss of business, loss of profits, loss of goodwill or credit, loss of business reputation, loss of use, loss of interest, damage to credit rating or loss or denial of opportunity;
  • "Excluded Recreational Liabilities" means liabilities described in section 139A(3) of the CCA which, without limitation, includes liability for death, physical or mental injury, or contraction or aggravation of any disease; 
  • "Reckless Conduct" has the meaning set out in section 139A(5) of the CCA; and
  • "Recreational Services" has the meaning set out in section 139A(2) of the CCA.

Revised 16.08.17