The poll reveals that a vast majority of cruisers have experienced some kind of travel disruption during a trip. The most common frustrations included cruise itinerary changes and medical issues. Health reasons also led the majority of travel insurance claims with travelers listing “medical care during a trip” as a top issue.
The poll reveals that most cruise passengers have experienced a travel disruption during a trip. Tip: review sites like CruiseCritic can provide additional insight from travelers on cruise ship.
MOST POPULAR CRUISE DESTINATIONS
Caribbean and Europe are nearly tied as the most popular cruise destination while 10% chose Alaska as a top place to visit. For deals to these destinations, check out sites like Cruiseguru, Cruisemates or PopularCruising.com that list weekly deals.
RIVER CRUISING GAINS SPEED
Seventy-seven percent of those polled have either been on a river cruise or would like to go on a river cruise. Twelve percent have no desire to go while 10% prefer larger cruise ships.
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TOP TRAVEL INSURANCE NEEDS FOR CRUISERS
Travelers, who voluntarily participated in this survey, had all researched or purchased travel insurance within the past 24 months. Out of those polled, 19% had filed a travel insurance claim for a cruise-related issue. Here are the top reasons for filing a claim:
Medical care required during cruise
Medical issue forced trip cancellation
Bad weather forced delay or cancellation of cruise
Missed flight led to delay or cancellation of cruise
Items stolen or lost during trip
“These results show that the majority of cruisers will experience some kind of inconvenience that is out of their control,” said CEO Jim Grace of InsureMyTrip. “Cruisers also clearly share unique healthcare concerns during a voyage; with medical care resulting in the bulk of insurance claims. Despite these issues, most travelers appear to be pleased overall experience with their cruise experience and continue to book cruise vacations.”
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