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LA Times, June 5 2019 – Cruise lines give refunds for some Cuba cruises on first day of U.S. ban

LA Times, June 5 2019 – Cruise lines give refunds for some Cuba cruises on first day of U.S. ban

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Norwegian Cruise Line also told passengers that it has ended all ports of call to Havana and will need to modify cruise itineraries because of the “unexpected, last-minute change” in U.S. policy, a statement said. (Here are more cruise line statements at Cruise Critic.)

If you were hoping your travel insurance would cover a cancellation on your cruise, you may be disappointed.

“Unfortunately, a change in cruise or tour group itinerary is not a covered reason to cancel a trip under a travel insurance policy,” Jenna Hummer of Squaremouth wrote in an email Wednesday. “As long as the ship or tour is scheduled to move forward with the voyage, travel insurance will not cover a traveler to cancel their trip.”

The only exception is cancel-for-any-reason insurance, which allows travelers to claim up to 75% of their trip costs if they decide not to go at least two to three days before the trip’s start. To be eligible for the coverage, travelers need to have bought a policy within 21 days of their first trip payment and insure the entire cost of the trip.

The Trump administration Tuesday announced new regulations on Cuba travel that included an end to people-to-people group tours, also known as cultural and educational tours, and cruise visits.

Read the full LA Times article online here: https://www.latimes.com/travel/cruises/la-tr-travel-cruises-cuba-cruise-line-cancellations-20190605-story.html