Travel Insured Urges Travelers Driving or Taking Ground Transportation to Cruises to Protect Against Common Carrier or Auto Accident Delays

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Travel Insured International, a leader in travel insurance, notes that many travelers are taking their car or other ground transportation to "closer-to-home" cruise departures. A Worldwide Trip Protector insurance plan can provide coverage when a departure is missed due to auto accident or common carrier delay.

Travel Insured International (http://www.travelinsured.com), a leader in travel insurance, encourages cruise passengers driving or taking common ground transportation to their cruise departures to remember that a Worldwide Trip Protector travel insurance plan provides invaluable coverage even when no air travel is included in the trip.

Travel industry news publications are reporting a fast-moving trend of cruise lines relocating ships from international itineraries to "closer-to-home" ports in the U.S. Domestic ports are more accessible and affordable to travelers when air travel is limited by flight schedule cuts or unattractive airfares (Travel Weekly, Nov. 11). Ports in Charleston, NC; San Diego; Baltimore; Boston; New York and Bayonne, NJ will host more cruise departures in 2009, many relocated from planned South American, Australian or even European sailings.

Trip Delay is an included feature in all Worldwide Trip Protector plans including up to $750 per insured with Worldwide Trip Protector comprehensive, up to $1,500 with Trip Protector Gold, the plan for luxury trips, and up to $500 with Trip Protector Lite & Lite Expanded, the plan for budget-minded and family travelers. Coverage can apply when you or your traveling companion on your day of departure are delayed en route to the covered cruise for six hours or more due to a car accident, whether or not you or your traveling companion was directly involved in the accident. Coverage can also apply in a six hour or more common ground carrier delay, including for bad weather. Covered expenses can include additional transportation needed to join the trip or cruise, or to return home, up to $150 per day for reasonable meal or lodging expenses, and reimbursement of any unused, prepaid and non-refundable land or sea accommodations.

Medical Coverage

Passengers cruising from U.S. ports to destinations in the Caribbean or Mexico are reassured knowing that a Worldwide Trip Protector plan goes with them to provide coverage for Emergency Medical Protection and Emergency Evacuation, if necessary. This can provide coverage for accidents or illnesses that occur during the trip, whether in their car or common carrier while traveling to the departure port or once onboard their cruise. Most U.S. medical plans and Social Security Medicare and Medicaid programs do not provide coverage outside the U.S., as described on the U.S. State Department web site (http://travel.state.gov)

Service with Every Plan

Every Worldwide Trip Protector, Trip Protector Gold or Trip Protector Lite & Lite Expanded plan includes Travel Insured's renowned customer service and claims assistance. Ask your favorite local travel agent for more information about Travel Insured, or visit us on our Web site at http://www.travelinsured.com. Call 1-800-243-3174 to experience our friendly, professional customer care for yourself. Every plan comes with Travel Insured's Worldwide Emergency Travel Assistance, available 24/7 with a free call from anywhere you travel.

About Travel Insured International:
Travel Insured International, based in E. Hartford, CT, was founded in 1993 by the foresight of insurance industry executive Peter Gehris when he acquired the travel protection division of the Travelers Insurance Company. Coverage is underwritten by Arch Insurance Company (a Missouri corporation, NAIC #11150) with executive offices located in New York, NY. Not all insurance products or coverage is available in all jurisdictions. Coverage is subject to actual policy language.

Travel Insured International
52-S Oakland Ave.
E. Hartford, CT 06128-0568

Contact:
John Stone
Media Relations Manager
1-800-243-3174 x 117
jstone (at) travelinsured.com
http://www.travelinsured.com

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