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river cruise insurance


Do you like a room with a view? Scenic vistas and twilight dinners as you glide along lazy rivers and watch the world go by. Sounds dreamy right!?

Now we hate to spoil your buzz, but have you considered what might happen if you’re cruising down stream in a remote area and emergency strikes? How would you get yourself to a hospital?

Our handy guide explains how river cruise insurance can help, should you find yourself up sh*t creek!

Does travel insurance cover river cruising?


The short answer is yes. But you may have to do a little bit of research to ensure you’re properly protected. 

Some travel insurance companies require the additional purchase of a cruise pack in order to be covered on land and at water, whereas other do not. 

It’s not always obviously where to look, but it’s your lucky day. We’ve created a table which explains who-covers-what in terms of river cruising:

Which companies cover river cruising automatically?

It's not always clear if an insurer will consider a river cruise boat the same as a cruise ship. We've done our best to research the differences shown in the table below. But we always advise giving your chosen insurer a call to double check. 
 


General Advice Warning: The contents of this article were accurate at the time of writing. Insurers change their policies from time to time, so some information may have changed. You should always read the Product Disclosure Statement of your chosen insurer to understand what is covered and what isn't. The information provided is of a general nature only and does not take into account any personal objectives, financial situation or needs. Before making a decision you should consider the appropriateness of the information having regard to your personal circumstances.


What’s typically covered in river cruise insurance?


Helicopter evacuation: If you’re down river and need to get to a hospital your comprehensive policy would cover your medical evacuation to get you to the nearest hospital. Note: this benefit may not be available on domestic river cruises.

Your luggage: Stay snap happy! Should your camera go overboard, you can relax knowing that it would be covered for accidental loss (however your insurer can’t do anything about the lost memories unfortunately.)

Unforeseen cancellations: If the river water was too low and the cruise could no longer depart and you were unable to get compensation from the cruise company you may have provision to claim on your travel insurance for your lost deposits.

Natural disasters: A cyclone would put a dampener on your dream holiday. At least in the event of unforeseen natural disasters you're covered for any delays or unexpected expenses you incur as a result.

...And way more 

What’s not?


Not enough people: If your cruise cannot depart because of lack of people booked on, it's unlikely that your insurer would reimburse you.

Mechanical breakdown: Just like with bust planes, a broken boat is not a covered reason to cancel your trip. It is down to the cruise company to reimburse you in this instance. 

Insolvency: Travel insurance rarely covers claims in relation to financial collapse of a transport, tour or accommodation provider. So make sure you’re booking with a legitimate company before you hand over any money. 

Change of mind: If you don’t like the look of the weather on your intended dates, you would not be covered to cancel your cruise due to lack of enjoyment.

What's sometimes covered?


Pre-existing medical conditions: Some serious medical conditions like cancer, heart or lung disease are often trickier to get covered, but it's not impossible.  You’ll need to declare them and have them assessed by your chosen insurer to see if you can pay extra to have them insurerd. 

Missed cruise: The reason you were unable to make the scheduled departure will determine whether or not your travel insurance will cover you. If sickness, or a natural disaster affects your trip then you would likely be able to claim. However, if a delayed flight caused you to miss the ship departure, maybe not.  Delays caused by airlines are rarely covered, so try to book flights a couple of days prior to your cruise to avoid difficulties. 

What does a cruise pack include?

Often, insurers give the option to add a 'cruise' back addition to your standard policy, these can cover for a range of groovy things including:

Cabin confinement: No one wants to think about getting sick on holidays. But if you do and are stuck in your cabin, some insurers will pay an amount for your loss of enjoyment.​

Missed ports: Should your cruise be unable to dock due to a weather or natural disaster you can get reimbursed per scheduled port up to an applicable amount.

Formal wear: Wearing your best evening attire on board? Should your formal wear get damaged or lost, some insurers will cover you top replace the items, depreciation may apply.

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