Hurricane Sandy proved deadly as it barreled through the Caribbean, claiming nearly two dozen lives. As of 11am today, the National Hurricane Center reported that the storm’s maximum sustained winds are 80mph, making this a category 1 storm. Although the storm is relatively weak at this point, experts are concerned that it may merge with a strong cold front and strengthen. The current path of the storm suggests it will strike the New England seaboard.
Sandy has had a marked disruption in cruise travel, resulting in several diverted paths and skipped calls. Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Disney cruise lines have all experienced disruptions over the past week.
Travelers who had purchased travel insurance before Sandy was named may have been able to claim cancellation or interruption benefits related to the storm. However, policies that are purchased after a storm is named are not likely to reimburse travelers for losses incurred from the storm.
For more information on travel insurance benefits related to hurricanes, see Squaremouth’s press releases titled “Squaremouth Advises Travelers on Cruise Cancellations Due to Tropical Storm Isaac” and “It’s Too Late to Purchase Travel Insurance for Tropical Storm Isaac, Warns Squaremouth.”