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Why It Is Worth Getting Cruise Travel Insurance

Cruise holidays have recently hit the headlines after a spate of horrifying incidents, from power outages to norovirus outbreaks to the terrifying and disastrous event of the Concordia in Italy.

All have seen cruise passengers subject to terrifying and shocking circumstances, that none of us would wish on our greatest enemies and highlighted the importance of cruise travel insurance.

The most recent incident on the Carnival triumph left over 3,143 passengers and 1000 crew stranded for almost a week off the Gulf of Mexico after a fuel leak caused a fire. The ship lost electricity, air conditioning and functioning toilets leaving passengers in shocking unsanitary conditions.

While incidents such as these are hopefully rare, it makes a huge case for protecting yourself against the worst. Aside from the recent bad press, cruises can be a fantastic break. They offer a few weeks away exploring a wealth of interesting countries and new cultures before embarking to a new one. In between, you spend time on an impressive and vast cruise ship, with choices of entertainment, food and new people to meet.

Cruises are famously social, and you could end up making friends for life on a cruise as you encounter them every day or your journey around the ship. A cruise offers an easier and cheaper way of exploring an area of the world and expanding your horizons and experience of the world.

For avid cruise goers, a cruise is something they may spend months or years saving up for and is an event that sparks excitement and much planning. For something that costs so much money and an event that people have been planning for years, it would be awful to think they weren’t protected if they didn’t have cruise travel insurance.

If the cruise is cancelled or something goes wrong during the trip, passengers could be thousands of pounds out of pocket if they aren’t insured. Cruise travel insurance covers the unexpected such as illness, injury, trip interruption, lost luggage or security evacuation – so even if something does ruin or disrupt your trip, you’ll have some kind of compensation for it.

So rather than letting the recent events of some cruise trips ruin your views of setting sail, it is much better to just make sure you’re covered before you take to the seas. Nobody can predict incidents occurring but it is much better to protect against them if they do.

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Ben Austin is CEO of comparison site Cost.co.uk, allowing customers to compare deals on travel insurance, car insurance, credit cards and more.

Transatlantic Cruises – Itineraries, Activities And Reasons Why This Is A Great Holiday

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Going on a cruise is a luxury that many people will enjoy each year. While you are on board a cruise ship you will get to feel the ocean air in your face as you sail through different parts of the world, stopping to enjoy various places along the way.

Transatlantic cruises are the ideal way to spend your holiday. They will set off from a port in the US and travel across the Atlantic Ocean before heading to places such as – the Caribbean, the West Indies, France, Italy, Seville, Canada or even the UK. In most cases travellers will then take a return flight back home from the last place visited. This gives you even more time on board to enjoy your cruise to its fullest.

 

Exciting Itineraries

Before you book your cruise you will be able to take a look at the itineraries that you could be experiencing. You will see that these cruises will take in as many interesting places as possible to give you a real taste of the world. Each destination that you will visit on your cruise will have places of interest for you to visit and you can be as active or as sedate as you like. You don’t even have to go ashore if you don’t want to, but with such wonderful stops you will want to take in the sights and sounds of the local area before moving on to your next port.

You will notice that you can book onto cruises that are for certain age groups which is a good idea if you are older and don’t want to be stuck on a cruise for 18 – 30 year old (unless you like to party). There are also dedicated cruises for singles, couples, families and so on, which means you will be able to book yourself onto the one that will be the most suitable.

Plenty of Activities on Board

As you will be spending a lot of time on the cruise ship the cruise company go to great lengths to make sure that you have plenty to do. On board you will find various activities from sports to quizzes and wine tasting. Some cruises also have activities such as line dancing, cookery classes, Wii tournaments for the kids (and adults) and more. So if you like to get involved there will be plenty for you to do. If you prefer to take it easy you can chill out on deck or have a lazy swim in the pool. It’s your cruise so you can do what you like.

Entertainment

A fantastic looking cruiseship lit up at night

After dark cruise ships come to life and you will be astounded at the range of entertainment that you can enjoy on board. You will find top class singers, groups, magicians, variety acts, hypnotists and so much more. All of the entertainment on board is tailored to suit the audience which is good news if you are travelling with children and you can take your pick of what you want to see.

Food and Drink

A transatlantic cruise will wow you with the amazing food and drink that you can partake of. There are dishes from all over the world and the standard of the meals is outstanding. The food is plentiful and you will be able to eat pretty much at any time you wish to as the restaurants are open for hours each day and there is room service available, should you need to use it.

Excellent Service

To make sure that you have the best experience ever cruise ships employ the best staff. They are all highly trained individuals who want to give you excellent service. This makes your cruise even more enjoyable and puts the finishing touches to an amazing holiday.

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Written by Joanne who enjoys shopping for last minute cruises from cruise.co.uk.