Almost a month ago, I wrote a post following the Blizzard of 2010 about the importance of booking travel insurance especially in the Winter months. Well here we are already in the midst of Blizzard of 2011 which looks like it could be worse than the Blizzard of 2011. For those of you who do not have travel insurance and are scheduled to fly out for your cruise this week, it’s too late to buy travel insurance to protect you from missing your cruise from not being about fly due out to the impending snow storm.
Airlines Preemptively Canceling Flights
During the last blizzard, we discussed the possibility that during inclement weather the airlines are more inclined to preemptively cancel hundreds of flights in an attempt to avoid hefty new fines for sitting out on the runway for longer than 3 hours. This possibility makes buying Travel Insurance even more important for those traveling during the winter months.
Blizzard of 2011
We have many people cruising this week and those who bought travel insurance are a lot less stressed than those without it. Yes, people with travel insurance may still miss all or part of their vacation but at least they will get refunded for the money they spent on the cruise or for the money to switch flights to get caught up to their cruise. I do not care where you booked your cruise vacation – buy a Travel Insurance policy – it is a very small percentage of the investment of the cruise and it protects your investment plus much more.
Cruise Impacts from Blizzard
It is doubtful that this blizzard will impact the departure schedule of any cruises, but we will keep our eye on the NCL Gem departing New York City tomorrow for a 10 night Caribbean voyage [oooh that sounds toasty]. If there are any impacts to this sailing or any others due to the snow storm, we will report it here.