We got back from the Mercury yesterday, Sunday May 15.
Here is a reason to have travel insurance.
A woman on our cruise last week fell while carrying a tray from the buffet and broke her hip. This was in the port of Manzanillo. The ship sailed an hour late waiting for an ambulance to take her off.
In Puerto Vallarta I spoke with the individual that coordinates with the cruise ships and ports for amblatory care. She was in the process of making all the arrangements.
NOW, here is the biggie, no travel insurance. The cost of all the special services to get this person back to her home town (Sacramento, CA) will be about $23,000.
She is doing fine by the way.
You never know what might happen, so a lesson learned, be safe not sorry.
Sea of Cortez on Ryndam 9-28-2005
Round trip Los Angeles to Hawaii, Summit March 26, 2006
Post Edited (05-16-05 20:02)
__________________ Ready to Steer towards another cruise
Travel insurance is a MUST. I can't believe all of the people who post on this site asking if or why they need it. We've made good use of travel insurance when we cruised. If and when we ever get the opportunity to cruise again, most assuredly, we will buy travel insurance.
I can't believe that I didn't thing travel insurance was not necessary for our first couple of cruises. You can only dodge the bullet so many times before something will happen. This goes to show that a freak accident can be very costly. For about a $100, we can rest assured that if there's an accident, or travel glitch, the cost will not be coming out of our pockets. One less thing to worry about!
My one trip to the ship infirmary totally offset the cost of the travel insurance..... 30 minutes in the infirmary was $250 and the insurance was $150 for both of us together. And they paid promptly, no questions asked.
I'm so glad I got insurance for the British Isles! Complete coverage is the best way to go, as you never know what can happen to your luggage or, heaven forbid, your health. It's not even that expensive - just a few tanks of gas nowadays - for the invaluable peace of mind.