Catching a flight to your cruise ship and worried about travel delays? Book a package holiday to make sure you are protected if you ‘miss the boat’
The last thing you want to hear when at an airport is the word ‘delayed’; even in normal circumstances this can be stressful, but if there is a cruise ship waiting for you at the other end it can feel like a disaster. This can also work the other way around – what if your cruise ship is delayed and you miss your flight home?
The best way to put your mind at rest in terms of potential travel delays ruining your cruise holiday is to book everything as a package, rather than booking the cruise and the flights separately.
Booking a package holiday means that the travel agents who are arranging this for you will make sure that you will be looked after in the following circumstances;
- If you miss your cruise departure due to a delayed flight
- If you miss your flight home due to the cruise ship being delayed
Your travel insurance policy should reimburse you for the following in this scenario;
- Additional travel expenses as a result of the delays
- Accommodation costs if you are delayed overnight
As with all travel insurance policies, there are certain rules you have to follow for cover to apply. In this scenario, your policy will most likely have a ‘sufficient time’ condition, and insurers will only provide reimbursement if you have budgeted extra time in to compensate for travel delays.
The benefit of booking a package holiday is that the travel agents who are arranging the holiday for you will usually make sure that there is plenty of time between your scheduled arrival at the airport of embarkation, and the departure time of the cruise.
The exact coverage with each individual Insurer can vary, so we would always recommend contacting your travel agent to make sure full cover is in place.