Travel Guard Offers Tips for Cruisers as Wave Season Heats Up

        Travel Guard Offers Tips for Cruisers as Wave Season Heats Up

A Leading Provider of Travel Insurance Solutions Says Staying Healthy and Safe
is Key to Smooth Sailing

PR Newswire

STEVENS POINT, Wisc., Jan. 22, 2013

STEVENS POINT, Wisc., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With the New Year in full
swing, wave season has begun, which means cruise lines are now offering their
best promotions and incentives for the next three months to encourage cruisers
to book 2013 travel. To help consumers better prepare for the unexpected as
they plan for their next cruise, Travel Guard (www.TravelGuard.com), a leading
provider of travel insurance solutions, offers the following tips: 

Keep an eye on the weather: While it may be 85 degrees and sunny in the port
of your destination, winter weather back home can easily disrupt your travel
plans. Travel during hurricane season can also present major problems, as was
evidenced during Superstorm Sandy, which affected more than 50 cruise sailings
over 10 days, according to Cruise Critic.^1

If you are unable to reach your destination in time to catch your cruise due
to flight delays or cancellations, a travel insurance policy may help
reimburse for unused prepaid expenses and cover the cost of any additional
transportation expenses required to get you to your destination or next port.

Plan for adequate time between your flight and your cruise: Whether you're
traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Fort Lauderdale, Santorini or any number of
points in between, be sure to allow for adequate time between your flight and
your ship's departure, perhaps even planning to arrive a night or two in
advance. In the event that weather delays or cancellations result in you
missing the cruise's departure, travel insurance may help cover the cost of
and arrange flights so that you can catch up with your ship.

Carry on the necessities: Be sure to pack a carry-on bag with the necessities
you don't want to be without (change of clothes, swimsuit, essential
toiletries, medications) in the event that you get on your cruise but your
luggage doesn't make it to your destination before your cruise departs. Even
with the carry-on bag, inconveniences can still occur. Your travel insurance
provider may assist in a number of ways, from helping fill emergency
prescriptions for medications to helping find your luggage if it has been
displaced. Travel insurance may help cover the cost of necessities if your
luggage is delayed.

Secure important documents: Since a cruise typically involves visiting
multiple destinations or countries, bringing your passport is a must and
keeping it safe is a necessity. If you plan to use your driver's license or
photo I.D. as your main form of identification while in port, you can always
lock your passport in the safe in your cabin. If you prefer to use your
passport at all times, consider purchasing a money pouch that you can wear
underneath your clothes. It's also a good idea to bring along a copy of your
passport and multiple credit cards. If at any point during your trip you
realize that your passport or credit cards have been lost or stolen, your
travel insurance provider may help to coordinate obtaining emergency cash and
a replacement passport.

Wash up: Falling ill on a vacation is never fun, especially if you are at sea.
With the Center for Disease Control already noting the severity of the 2013
outbreak as one of the worst flu seasons in recent years^2, it's important to
take precautions to keep from getting sick. One of the most basic and
effective means of doing so is washing your hands on a regular basis, both on
and off the ship. Hand washing is effective in helping to avoid the flu,
common cold, Norovirus and other airborne bugs.

Don't go overboard (with food, drink or sun): While it's easy to go back for
seconds and even thirds at the midnight buffet, it's just as easy to get sick
to your stomach. Eating until the point of fullness and limiting the intake of
rich foods are good ways to prevent spending your vacation regretting
overindulgence. The same goes with alcohol, which, in addition to physical
sickness, can often be involved in other accidents that could require medical
attention. Too much sun can also hamper your cruise. Be sure to wear
sunscreen, a hat and stay hydrated to stay healthy. If things do get to the
point where you need help, your travel insurance provider may work with your
on-board physician to assist with your case, including connecting you with a
local doctor, if necessary.

Listen to your body: If you are feeling sick before leaving for your cruise or
while you are sailing, don't ignore your symptoms. See a doctor for the best
advice and course of action for travel. If you get seriously ill or injured on
board or in port and require emergency services off of the ship, a
comprehensive travel insurance policy may include emergency assistance
services. Representatives from Travel Guard are available 24/7 to make help
make necessary arrangements to arrange evaluation with a local
English-speaking doctor and transport you back home when medically necessary,
even if this includes an emergency evacuation.

Keep the whole family in mind: According to CLIA's most recent Cruise Industry
Update^3, the greatest passenger growth is expected to come from families,
including multigenerational families. Traveling with kids can bring
unexpected circumstances. A travel insurance plan can help ease the concerns
these circumstances bring. Cruisers with concerns about potential health
issues that their parents may face, whether they are joining the cruise or
staying at home, can rest assured that travel insurance may help should
grandmom or granddad need medical help while at sea or if the entire family
needs to leave the cruise early should an emergency situation arise at home.

For more information about Travel Guard, travelers can talk to their travel
agent, visit www.TravelGuard.com or call Travel Guard's 24/7 World Service
Center at 1.800.826.1300

^1 http://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=1478
^2
http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/flu-outbreak-2013-expected-worst-decade-cdc-warns-article-1.1235178
^3 http://www.cruising.org/pressroom-research/market-research

About Travel Guard
Travel Guard Worldwide, Inc., a Chartis company and worldwide leader in travel
insurance solutions and assistance, provides products and services to millions
of travelers around the globe, including a wide range of emergency services
through its wholly-owned assistance centers located in Asia, Europe and the
Americas. Travel Guard helps leisure and business travelers alike solve
problems and manage risks. Travel Guard's global reach, unparalleled service
quality and proven operational capabilities allow clients to receive
best-in-class care. Travel Guard's suite of technology platforms enables
seamless integration with all major travel distribution systems and supplier
channels. The travel insurance products marketed by Travel Guard are
underwritten by insurance company subsidiaries and affiliates of Chartis Inc.
For additional information, please visit our websites at www.travelguard.com
and www.travelguard.ca.

This is only a brief description of the coverage(s) available. The Policy will
contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions.
Insurance is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of
Pittsburgh, Pa., a Pennsylvania insurance company, with its principal place of
business at 175 Water Street, New York, NY 10038. It is currently authorized
to transact business in all states and the District of Columbia. NAIC No.
19445. Coverage may not be available in all states. Travel assistance services
are provided by Travel Guard.



Contact: Carol Mueller / Shannon Semmerling
         Travel Guard
         800.826.7791 ext. 13050 / 13085
         Carol.Mueller@travelguard.com
         shannon.semmerling@travelguard.com

SOURCE Travel Guard North America

Website: http://www.travelguard.com
 
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