Anyone with an upcoming cruise booked in the region should check with their cruise line to see whether they have been impacted. While not getting to reach your intended destination is sure to be upsetting, cruise itineraries are changed to keep travellers safe from such storms. Unfortunately, they might not be entitled to any compensation if they are impacted.
Megan Moncrief, director of sales and marketing for the travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth, told Lonely Planet that there can be cancellation coverage for those who purchased travel insurance ahead of the storm. Policies often have coverage for “inclement weather”, which can mean reimbursement for the cost of a cruise and related expenses if customers are unable to travel due to the hurricane.
However, the cruise will have to be cancelled outright because of the storm, or the travellers’ flight cancelled or delayed because of the storm so they couldn’t reach the port, or because their home was damaged by the storm and rendered uninhabitable. Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to anyone whose cruise is redirected somewhere else, since they are still heading out on a trip. All policies must have been purchased before Florence was named on 1 September to provide coverage. If you still have questions, the company has also created an information centre for anyone who might be affected by Hurricane Florence.
Read the full Lonely Planet article online here: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2018/09/14/cruise-hurricane-florence/