UK travellers show increased demand for holiday cruises

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Post Office Travel Insurance advices holidaymakers to check their cover before sailing away

Recent research from the Association of British Travel Agents has revealed that 2009 was a record year for UK holidaymakers choosing to go on cruise holidays, with 1.55 million people sailing away on holiday. As the trend looks set to continue in 2010 with an estimated 6.5 per cent increase in UK travellers opting for a cruise holiday , Post Office Travel Insurance is warning holidaymakers to check their travel insurance cover before heading off.

There are many considerations when buying travel insurance for a cruise holiday. UK travellers should check that their travel insurance covers them if they fall ill at sea or miss any departures or connections while on their trip. For example Post Office Travel Insurance covers cancellations for up to £5,000 for delayed or missed departures.

Post Office Travel Insurance recommends that UK holidaymakers check that their travel insurance is valid for every country they visit while on their cruise. As cruise ships can stop at multiple ports in one trip it is important the travellers know if their travel insurance covers them for illness or lost and stolen goods while not on board.

In particular, those cruising in the Caribbean, US and Canada should make sure their travel insurance covers any visits to these countries, as many travel insurance policies require additional cover for visits to these destinations.

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