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Cruise Advice

jsn55

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True cautionary tale:

My former supervisor at my job was on a cruise with her husband when Hurricane Harvey hit. Their ship couldn't dock, so they ended up stranded on the ship for an extra week. I don't know if they had travel insurance to cover any extra costs they incurred. Hopefully they did.

I would highly reconsider a cruise during hurricane season. Or at least be sure to have good insurance.
Interesting story, Blossom. Other than a bar bill, not sure what kind of extra costs they faced. Would be interesting to learn if the cruise line assisted with rebooking flights home.
 
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justlisa

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We have sailed on NCL several times during the hurricane season. Everyone has given you excellent advise, but one more tip. Since you may have to change ports of call, my recommendation is do not book "off=ship" private excursions since you may not visit that stop and may not be able to get a refund. If you book thru the cruise line and they omit or change a port, you are guaranteed a refund.
Or just research who you book with. Everytime I book not with the cruise ship I only book with ones that offer a refund if the ship itinerary changes. Which is good to do all the time because plenty of things cause a ship to change itineraries beyond just hurricanes.
 
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jsn55

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Or just research who you book with. Everytime I book not with the cruise ship I only book with ones that offer a refund if the ship itinerary changes. Which is good to do all the time because plenty of things cause a ship to change itineraries beyond just hurricanes.
Very interesting subject, Lisa ... but I'm not sure what you mean. Are you referring to air or the cruise itself? I'd be most interested to know which cruise lines will refund if itineraries change.
 

justlisa

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Very interesting subject, Lisa ... but I'm not sure what you mean. Are you referring to air or the cruise itself? I'd be most interested to know which cruise lines will refund if itineraries change.
I was referring to excursions only. If you miss the port and book with the ship they'll refund it back to your on board account. The non-ship companies I've booked excursions with offer a refund too - though I believe you have to contact them for the refund. They also offer a return to ship guarantee that the cruise ships offer too.

There are some insurance plans that will give you a payout if ports change, but only in certain states.
 
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