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Everyone enjoys being able to relax on holiday and most also enjoy seeing different locations, and places, while on the same trip but travelling between those locals is usually not conducive to relaxing and it can even be quite stressful. That is where cruises are special; They allow for a nice relaxing holiday while making stops at multiple interesting and fun locations without the added stress of having to get there yourself.
There are other benefits to cruises, such as being able to take more luggage, no need for unpacking and repacking at each location and of course plenty of activities, entertainment and company while you are shipped between destinations. Some cruises also allow you to get to places that are simply not possible to see in any other manner or offer opportunities to see something from comfort that would otherwise require gruelling travel or sleeping conditions.
Along with the positives we've given above there are a few more benefits to a cruise so let's take a look at them along with a few of the negatives:
|Relax while travelling||Itinerary is not set by you|
|More baggage with fewer limitations||Still limited if you have to fly|
|Unpack less often||Don't get to experience the local hotels/hostels|
|See multiple locations and ports||Limited time in each local|
|Lots included in the price||Anything not included is expensive|
|Activities and lots of company||Can be loud and busy|
|Visit hard to reach places||Large cruise ships cause a place to be busy|
|Have fun while journeying||Takes longer to reach the next destination.|
|Get to experience otherwise difficult destinations||Fewer destinations available in total|
As you can see there are also a few issues with cruising and it may not be for everyone, however, if you think the positives outweigh the negatives you may want to take a look at our quick guide below, especially if you have never been on a cruise before.
There are plenty of guides out there if you fancy a cruise holiday, some of them quite extensive, but here is a quick list to remind yourself of some of the pitfalls of cruising and some tips to help deal with them.
Ultimately Cruises split peoples opinion, some love them, others hate them. They certainly make for a different holiday experience if you have never been on one and you may find yourself hooked by the atmosphere and ease of travel.
The most obvious addition to your travel insurance that you will want for a cruise trip is, of course, the cruise cover add-on. This makes your policy valid when you are on a cruise - usually due to the increased cost cruises have standard policies are invalidated. Dependent on your policy you may get extra benefits as well such as cover for missed port, unused pre-booked excursions, cruise connections and cabin confinement; all of which are handy cover, especially for first-timers and newbies who may not have the experience to know what they may have time to do and how to cope should things go wrong.
Medical cover is an important aspect if you have any medical conditions that you want covered as while on a cruise the cost of any medical treatment is likely to be high and emergency evacuation even higher. We can also recommend checking your Baggage and Cancellation cover, for a cruise holiday, as these areas will help should you have any issues with lost luggage or having to cancel or cut short your expensive long booked trip for any unfortunate reasons.
You may wish to check out some of our other posts for guides, tips and other useful information, otherwise, if you are ready to look for some travel insurance, we at medical travel insurance can aid you in finding a quote that's right for you.
Our medical travel insurance team are ready to provide you with assistance regarding your quote. If you would prefer to talk to an advisor to receive a quote or have a query please contact our UK based customer service team. Find out details on our contact us page.