Who ever thought we’d be watching all travel cancelled – and the entire world basically in a travel-restricted lockdown? While it’s ALWAYS a wise decision to purchase Travel Protection before you take off on your next adventure (land or sea), with today’s uncertainties, selecting the right protection becomes more important than ever. You need to know whether your trip cancellation and interruption insurance covers the non-refundable portion of your travel fees, in the event you decide to cancel your booking. My best advice: read the fine print carefully! If it isn’t listed in the description of coverage, don’t assume!
Please note: I am NOT an insurance agent. I do NOT sell travel insurance. I DO, however, strongly encourage my clients to purchase a Travel Protection Policy and will recommend several suppliers so you can make the best choice for your circumstances. The information provided in this blog is generic, basic information. Before making any decision, please contact me and I will direct you to an agent who is licensed to discuss in detail and sell insurance.
We sure have found ourselves in uncharted territory lately, haven’t we? Through hurricanes, tsunami’s, fires and more, the travel industry has continued to provide our clients with exciting adventures and FUNtastic experiences. The Coronovirus, unfortunately, has stopped us dead in our tracks and has – and is – playing havoc on the entire country.
The question on everyone’s mind is: should we cancel our travel plans? I wish I could give you all a well-informed, definitive answer but the truth is, if the travel supplier isn’t canceling your package/cruise, etc., then the decision as to whether or not to cancel is highly personal.
If you or any of your travel companions have medical conditions that could be compromised by the threat of contact then, of course, you’ll want to reschedule your plans. Dan is having a series of heart procedures next month that will put him in the 60-day window of hospitalization, so we’re having to cancel our amazing 16-day Transatlantic Cruise the first of June. We are heart-broken! We’d both looked so forward to visiting Ireland and Scotland – locations very high on our bucket list! But I know God has a reason for not wanting us to make that trip right now, so I have complete faith it’s all good. We’re now looking for a new adventure for later on so we can use our Future Cruise Credit.
If your employer is mandating a 14-day self-quarantine if you travel out of the country, then you may well want to reconsider traveling right now. I’m sure there are other reasons that may prompt you to reschedule – like I said, it’s highly personal and only you can make that decision.
It’s normal to feel a little jittery before taking off on your big adventure: your first-time cruise! But with just a little bit of pre-planning and these tips, you’ll know what to expect and will be sure to have that perfect dream vacation!
Let’s Talk Budget! You’re probably thinking, “Hey wait! I already paid for the cruise! What do I need MORE money for?” The rule of thumb for a 7-day cruise is to budget at least an addition $200 for onboard spending – not including the gratuity (remember, you can either prepay the gratuity for the ship’s crew BEFORE you sail or the cruise line will add that amount to your onboard account). Unless you’re sailing on an all-inclusive cruise line, you’re going to need money for extra expenses like alcohol, sodas and specialty coffees, spa treatments, shopping in the ship’s store, and specialty restaurants. You’ll also need to budget for off-the-ship activities such as shopping, excursions (if not pre-paid), tips for your cab/shuttle drivers, etc.