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Does travel insurance cover you if you cruise to ‘nowhere’?
With most of us unable to travel outside Singapore anytime soon,travel industry playershave attempted torecreatethe travelexperiencefor us without a destination.
The concept of travelling to “nowhere” has taken off, in which different cruise operators essentially take passengers on a route that leads back to the point of departure – Singapore.
For those of us itching to get back out there andtravel, this may be a way of bringing back a sense of excitement associated with exploring new sights and venturing “out” – in a similar vein to staycations in local hotels.
Are travel-to-‘nowhere’ trips safe?
The Singapore Tourism Board, on October 8th, has announced the piloting ofcruises to nowhere starting November this year.
However, certain precautions will be taken, in light of the COVID-19 situation continuing to unfold,such as:
- Infection control measures at every stage of a passenger’s journey, including a mandatory COVID-19 test prior to boarding
- Strict and frequent cleaning and sanitisation protocols onboard
- Round trips with no ports of call
- Sailing at a reduced capacity of 50 percent
- Only open to Singapore residents
As an additional step to safeguard passengers, STB is also in the process of developing mandatory CruiseSafe certification programmes which sets out stringent hygiene and safety measures for cruise lines which are independently assessed before they can commence sailing out.
Travel to nowhere cruise offers
Genting Cruise Lines World Dream
FromNovember 6th onwards, passengers will be welcomed aboard the World Dream underGenting Cruise Lines’ Dream Cruises.
The cruise will set sail from Singapore, make its waythrough the Straits of Malacca before returning to Singapore.
For either a two-night or three-night stay, you willbe able to experience water slides, rock climbing walls, rope courses and even virtual reality games with Esc Experience Lab.
Safety measures taken aboard the World Dream will include required mask-wearing excluding during meals and sports, hand sanitisation and temperature screening stations and two doctors on board, includingan infection control officer and isolated wards.
Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum
From December 1st, you’ll be able to sail aboard the Quantum of Seas by Royal Caribbean International for a three-nights or four-nights package.
Activities aboard will include surf simulatorsand bumper cars, as well as dining atJamie’s Italian.
Cruise operators on this cruise will adhere to strict precautions while aboard including:
- Fresh filtered air supply (from outdoors)to all indoor areas
- Required wearing of masks at all times
- A 100 per cent credit towards a future cruise if a guest tests positive for Covid-19 during the three weeks prior to the cruise; or a full refund if a guest tests positive during the voyage
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Does travel insurance cover your trips to nowhere?
While this is one way to keep the travel industry afloat,it’s important to remember that COVID-19 is still very much a risk with any form of travel.
Choosing a travel insurance plan for trips to nowhere
Since ‘travel-to-nowhere’ trips are a new travel concept, you’ll want to make sure that you’re covered by your travel insurance policybefore you decide to makethat trip.
Currently, one of the only insurers offering plans that cover travel to nowhere is Allianz:
Allianz Asia Pacific travel insurance with GoBear
What does it cover?
This policy will cover medical expenses and emergency medical assistance should you need it during your cruise. These cruises take place on international waters, this policy provides good coverage for overseas medical expenses, choose from Bronze, Silver and Gold plan, which provides an unlimited amount for overseas medical expenses due to illness.
You will also be entitled to claim overseas and local medical expenses for Traditional Chinese Medicine and Hospital Confinement (with differing limits), and also local outpatient treatment.
Another alternative is the Travel buddy plan that covers up to $200,000 for overseas medical expenses and $5000 for any cancelled trip.
However, be sure to note that this policy continues to excludeCOVID-19 related claims.
Also, remember to purchase the plan coveringASEAN region as the cruise will be on international waters with Malaysia and Indonesia being the nearest countries.
How to purchase Allianz Travel buddy plan in 3 simple steps:
1. Visit GoBear
2. Set destinations to Malaysia and Indonesia
3. Choose Allianz Travel buddy plan
As there are travel advisories in effect, always be sure to check with your individual travel insurance provider before purchasing your policy if your trip will be covered.
While certain travel insurance policies do cover trips to “nowhere”, it’s important to check what type of coverage you are receiving and in what amount. Due to the ongoing pandemic, it’s also important to check if your travel insurance policy still covers medical expenses for COVID-19.
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