On my Soapbox,… Again, About Travel Insurance!

Most who have had any Travel dealings with me already know this, I am a huge advocate for Travel/Trip Insurance! Folks who have not yet dealt with me personally may also know my stance on this issue since I have touched on this topic before so this should be no surprise, here I go again!

It is my truth and honest opinion that in this day and time of 2015, U.S. citizens should not be traveling anywhere internationally without Trip/Travel Insurance.  If you, as an uninsured traveler cannot withstand the financial blow of a potential hardship if something devastating happens before or during your trip, please rethink your options.  If you cannot afford or just won’t purchase (for no other reason than being “cheap”) the approximate +/-$100 to pay for an insurance plan, you just may want to consider staying home.

The following are the 2 most asked questions that I get when quoting Travel Plans from Travel Guard Insurance.  Here is an excerpt from their FAQ insert:

Q. What else is typically included in a Travel Guard insurance plan?

A. In addition to trip cancellation and interruption, most travel insurance plans include coverage for trip delay, missed connection, baggage and personal effects, baggage delay, medical expense, and emergency evacuation which includes repatriation of remains. 24 hour assistance services are included to help the traveler with things such as emergency medical assistance, lost baggage tracking, emergency cash transfer, emergency or last minute travel arrangements, assistance with replacing lost travel documents, and much more.

Q. How does trip cancellation and interruption coverage apply?

A. It reimburses for forfeited, non-refundable, unused payments or deposits if the insured must cancel or interrupt their trip due to covered reasons. The interruption benefit may also include coverage for additional transportation expenses.

There have been several stories in the news recently about “unforeseen” incidents, accidents and sicknesses that have happened to travelers which resulted in disrupted travel plans.  Here is one of the latest:  “Family leaves on a #Cruise, gets stuck in Mexico when son gets sick from appendicitis.”

http://abc13.com/video/embed/?pid=769175

Such a nightmare for this family to endure.  Truth be told, situations like this happen much more than what is being shared in the news. If this family had their Passports and a Travel Insurance plan in place, this boy’s emergency appendicitis scare would not have even made the news.  Life happens even when we vacation so please do not let this happen to you.  If you are planning any type of travel, especially out of the United States, be sure to invest in an Insurance plan to protect your financial investment, financial future and Peace of Mind!

#TLCTravels

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Mid-East Coast Cruisers have easier access to Carnival’s Fun ships thanks to Norfolk, Va.

Carnival cancels 2-night “Cruise-to-Nowhere” sailings creating a spiral effect of cancelled itineraries on other cruises for 2016!
Many Travel Professionals (including me) jumped into 1st gear yesterday as we worked to search, find and rebook our existing booked clients on other available Carnival sailings!

I’m not sure of all the particulars but apparentley, beginning in 2016, foreign-flagged cruise ships will no longer be able to sail itineraries that do not stop at a foreign port when departing from a U.S. port. Carnival Cruise Lines is acting in accordance with these new U.S. Laws and Regulations as it pertains to their recent itinerary cancellations and changes.
Welcome to the world of Cruise and Travel 2015!

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I had the pleasure of attending one of Carnival Cruise Line’s luncheon and ship inspection gatherings held for Travel Professional’s a couple of weeks ago in Norfolk, Virgina. Here are a few highlights:

Half Moone Cruise Port Norfolk

Saturday, May 16, 2015: Carnival Splendor cruise ship, just recently docked, awaited our arrival as she was being prepped to return to sea at 5pm on a short, 2-night “Cruise to Nowhere”.  Our Carnival Cruise Line sales team had a set agenda and itinerary for us to follow with an anticipated start at 11am with cabin inspections, followed by lunch at 1pm and conclude by 3:30pm.  Well as things happen in life, the schedule got blown off track early on during our embarkation as something went awry with the returning cruiser guests’ debarkation process.  We could not get on the ship until everyone from the prior sailing got off the ship and that didn’t happen until about…

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Mid-East Coast Cruisers have easier access to Carnival’s Fun ships thanks to Norfolk, Va.

I had the pleasure of attending one of Carnival Cruise Line’s luncheon and ship inspection gatherings held for Travel Professional’s a couple of weeks ago in Norfolk, Virgina. Here are a few highlights:

Half Moone Cruise Port Norfolk

Saturday, May 16, 2015: Carnival Splendor cruise ship, just recently docked, awaited our arrival as she was being prepped to return to sea at 5pm on a short, 2-night “Cruise to Nowhere”.  Our Carnival Cruise Line sales team had a set agenda and itinerary for us to follow with an anticipated start at 11am with cabin inspections, followed by lunch at 1pm and conclude by 3:30pm.  Well as things happen in life, the schedule got blown off track early on during our embarkation as something went awry with the returning cruiser guests’ debarkation process.  We could not get on the ship until everyone from the prior sailing got off the ship and that didn’t happen until about 12:30pm, which is unusually very late.

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The goal was for us to inspect cabins before the guests occupying those cabins arrived for check-in.  I was able to set foot in a Grand Suite with its full bathroom amenities and extended balcony-(very, very nice), and an Ocean Suite as well as a Balcony stateroom.  I missed out on viewing the Premium Wrap around Balcony Stateroom and the Spa Suite as the guests had arrived and were already in their cabins when we got to the door. We felt a little rushed at this point, not able to take good pictures as there were too many travel agents roaming in and out throughout each cabin as we were all trying to hurry to the next one before the guests arrived to lock us out. 😦  I was a little disappointed about that but, oh well.  Like I said earlier, things happen.

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Lunch was great and the Travel Professionals group had about 45 minutes after lunch to explore the rest of the ship on our own before the 3:30pm deadline to exit the ship.  I decided a few weeks earlier that my family (Hubby & 2 teens) and I would try the 2-night “Cruise to Nowhere” since we were in Norfolk for the Carnival lunch/inspection so I didn’t feel slighted by the time crunch. I knew I would be meeting up with my family when the lunch was over and staying onboard to explore the rest of the ship over the weekend.

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The drive from my corner of Central North Carolina to the Half Moone Cruise Port and Celebration Center in Norfolk, VA took approximately 3.5 hrs.  My adult daughter came from the Charlotte area early-early that morning to take the drive with us in another car with her BFF.  We are in the midst of her Destination Cruise Wedding plans for next year so they came along to see if the Norfolk cruise port is a doable option and it is.  Both vehicles left together at about 5:45am to arrive in downtown Norfolk at about 10am.  This includes a 30 minute breakfast stop when we reached the Portsmouth area right outside of town.

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Here is what we can look forward to for sailing from the Half Moone Cruise Port in Norfolk for the remainder of 2015 and 2016 cruising season from Carnival Cruises: **UPDATE as of June 12, 2015**

Carnival Splendor Cruise Ship: 2015

  • May 16, 2015: 2-Day Cruise to Nowhere  
  • May 11, 2015: 5-Day Bahamas Cruise
  • May 18, 2015: 5-Day Bahamas Cruise
  • October 12, 2015: 5-Day Bahamas Cruise – (sailing from NYC on 10/11/15)
  • October 17, 2015: 6-Day Bahamas Cruise
  • October 23, 2015: 7-Day BERMUDA Cruise – (heads to Miami for a 7-day Caribbean sailing on Nov 1st.)

Carnival Sunshine Cruise Ship: 2016

  • June 10, 2016: 2-Day Cruise to Nowhere Itinerary changed to: 5:Day Bahamas:-> On 6/11/2015 Carnival announced the cancellation of all 2-day sailings as well as the following 6/12/16 sailing. Read “Say Farewell to Cruises-to-Nowhere” here: (Sunshine will sail from Charleston S.C. on 6/9/16 after completing a 10-Day Eastern Caribbean “Carnival Journeys” special itinerary cruise.
  • June 12, 2016 Due to the 2-day cruise cancellation/itinerary change, the Sunshine will now sail on June 15, 2016: 5-Day Bahamas Cruise – (heads to NYC for a 5-day Canada/New England 6/20/16 itinerary)
  • October 23, 2016: 5-Day BERMUDA Cruise – (sailing from NYC on 10/22/16)
  • October 28, 2016: 2-Day Cruise to Nowhere NEW:-> 8-Day Eastern Caribbean – Find out more about why these itineraries have been cancelled: “Say Farewell to Cruises-To-Nowhere”
  • October 30, 2016: 6-Day Bahamas Cruise(heads back to Charleston for a Bahamas sailing on 11/6/16)

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