Travel Insurance May Provide Relief to Passengers Rocked by Freak Wave on Cruise Ship

STEVENS POINT, Wis., April 22 /PRNewswire/ — Passengers on the Norwegian Dawn last week, who endured a freak 70-foot wave that smashed two upper-story windows and flooded more than 62 cabins, could get some solace and reimbursement for financial loss if they had travel insurance, according to a spokesperson with Travel Guard International, one of the nation’s leading travel insurance providers.

According to Travel Guard spokesperson Dan McGinnity, passengers who purchased comprehensive travel insurance coverage could be covered for damaged baggage and emergency medical expenses. In addition, due to the complications from the wave itself, the ship was forced to divert to Charleston for repairs, which delayed its arrival in New York by one day. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) was able to make arrangements or reimburse arrangements for some, but not all passengers. Passengers who missed flights could have been reimbursed for the additional expense associated with rebooking tickets through Travel Guard’s plan.

“We consider this a weather related incident, which is one of the many situations covered in Travel Guard’s per trip travel insurance plans,” McGinnity said. He said the company estimates that about 100 of the ship’s passengers had purchased one of Travel Guard’s plans, and expects that most claims filed will be for lost, delayed or damaged baggage.

Travel Guard International is America’s leading travel insurance provider, covering more than 6 million travelers each year. Travel Guard’s travel protection plans include coverage for trip cancellation penalties, travel interruptions and delays, emergency medical expenses, medical evacuation expenses and lost, damaged or delayed baggage. All Travel Guard coverage also includes 24-hour travel emergency service for emergency medical assistance, last minute or emergency travel changes, lost luggage tracking, pre-trip travel advice and more.* For more information, travelers can visit http://www.travelguard.com/ , call Travel Guard’s World Service Center at 1-800-826-1300, or see their travel agent.

Travel Guard’s travel insurance programs are underwritten by American Home Assurance Company, with its principal place of business in New York, NY or Arch Insurance Company with its principal place of business in New York, NY. This is only a brief description of the insurance coverages available under the policies. The policies contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. Full details of the coverage are contained in the applicable Policy. If there are any conflicts between this document and the policies, the applicable policy shall govern. Not all coverages are available in every state

*Non-insurance services are provided by Travel Guard International.

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