Exciting New Offers From Popular Cruise Lines and How to Stay Safe While You Cruise

Cruising just got easier, and cheaper with new packages from Discovery cruise lines http://www.discoverycruiseline.com/ and Picasso Cruises http://www.picassotours.com. Discovery Cruise lines is the region’s largest tour operator to Grand Bahama Island. They sail daily from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale to Grand Bahama Island, departing at 7:45 am and returning at 10:00 pm. Discovery offers same day roundtrip party cruises as well as cruise and stay vacation packages at most of the Bahama Island hotels.

This year, Discovery cruise lines has hot new offers that anyone can take advantage of. A roundtrip to Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort in the Bahamas includes three lavish buffet meals, spacious sun decks, a swimming pool, a Las Vegas- style casino, and games for families. Kids under six travel free and kids under twelve travel for only $49. As if that weren’t enough, kids under thirteen eat free at Our Lucaya, a popular beach resort in the Bahamas, with each purchased adult meal.

“This new vacation package that includes a roundtrip cruise and accommodations at Our Lucaya, the island’s largest resort, provides an opportunity to enjoy the best of the Bahamas at a truly affordable price; and, with the kids free program, families can take advantage of this special offer as well.” Says Hanns J. Hahn, general Manager of Discovery.

Picasso Cruise line is also making cruising more affordable. For as little as $77 a day per person, travelers can enjoy an eight day seven night cruise from Barcelona to Monte Carlo, Florence Rome, Naples, and Tunis. You also receive unlimited beverages, access to ships facilities, and entertainment.

On the ship there is a spa, gym, jogging trail, children’s play room, two swimming pools and one kiddy pool, jacuzzi, video games room, library, internet room, nursery, beauty salon, casino, disco club, movie theater, and various restaurants, that will help entertain you on this eight-deck ship. There is also a very generous children’s discount policy that states that children ages two to sixteen travel free.

Cunard http://www.cunard.com , one of the most famous ocean liners is getting ready for a big year coming in 2007. With ocean travel reaching its all time high, Cunard is making a huge effort to introduce new voyages and is even setting sail a brand new luxurious ship dubbed the Queen Victoria.

“More than ever, we are crafting genuinely intriguing itineraries that satisfy the growing demand for meaningful luxury adventure travel. From our flagship Queen Mary 2 to the soon-to-debut Queen Victoria and the quintessential Queen Elizabeth 2, Cunard is the line of choice for travelers charmed by a singular blend of history and innovation.” Says Carol Marlow, president of Cunard line.

But of course, all these fabulous packages and new voyages won’t be as great as they sound if you don’t have travel insurance to protect you and your loved ones from potential risks. “Accidents, illness, crime, severe weather and tight connections can affect your cruise experience, but travel protection gives peace of mind, financial protection and assistance,” says Beth Godlin, Executive Vice President of Access America, a leading provider of travel insurance and assistance.

In today’s time there are so many different types of insurance that it can sometimes become difficult to choose which one is right for you. Making sure that the policy you’re buying has the right coverage you need is extremely important. Here is a list of what to look for when buying travel insurance for a cruise:

* Trip cancellation & interruption coverage, including protection for certain last-minute incidents that cause you to miss your cruise
* Emergency medical coverage both on-board and on shore, including privately booked shore excursions
* Illness, injury or death coverage both on-board and on shore, including privately booked shore excursions
* Emergency evacuation coverage both on-board and on shore, including privately booked shore excursions
* Coverage for lost, stolen or delayed baggage
* Financial default of the cruise line
* 24-hour hotline assistance

Travel insurance varies in cost but usually is about 4% to 8% of the cost of a trip. The most popular type of insurance plan in the U.S. is per-trip coverage. Although annual plans are available as well. For more helpful information on travel insurance, visit http://www.accessamerica.com/.

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