Saturday, March 12, 2011

Insuring Your Cruise Vacation Against Natural Disasters

If you have a cruise planned and the area is hit by an earthquake and tsunami, such as those that occured in Japan this week—or for that matter, any other natural disaster—you may be wondering, “How does travel insurance apply?”

John W. Cook, President of® offers answers to your concerns.
Travel Insurance policies contain four separate coverages that might apply:

1. trip cancellation
2. trip interruption
3. missed connection
4. travel delay

All four of these are “named peril” coverages which will only provide coverage if the claim was caused by one of the specific covered events.

The earthquake and resulting tsunami are probably going to be classified by travel insurance companies as a “natural disaster.” This classification can have a big effect on coverage for trip cancellation and interruption coverages. Under those coverages some, but not all, companies include “natural disasters” which cause your airline to cease operations to be a covered event. Most of the plans limit coverage for “natural disasters” that make your destination uninhabitable.

Coverage for travel delay and missed connection is clearer. These coverages are also “named peril” benefits; however, the majority of plans include “natural disaster” as a covered event.

As with all travel insurance coverages, the event that causes your loss has to be reasonably unforeseeable at the time you purchased your policy.

Bottom line is to read your plan carefully and don’t assume that there will or will not be coverage.
For more information about travel insurance and to compare policy coverages, visit while planning your next cruise vacation.

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