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Cruise expert suggests purchasing travel insurance in case a storm hits the ship

Cruise expert suggests purchasing travel insurance in case a storm hits the ship

Cruise expert suggests purchasing travel insurance in case a storm hits the ship

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – A cruise expert suggests purchasing travel insurance in case a storm hits your ship.

Hurricane Beryl’s strong winds and large waves forced several cruise ships to divert to avoid its path.

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The storm left parts of the Caribbean, including Jamaica, with devastating damage.

Beryl is now expected to make landfall on the central Texas coast overnight.

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Reagan Moore, who lives in Jacksonville, said she is still nervous about taking a cruise to the Bahamas next week.

“I will say you do get a little bit of anxiety if a storm comes out of nowhere and decides to hit your boat, and I’ve never been on a cruise ship,” Moore said.

Cruise ships have access to navigation systems that track the weather to avoid potential storms overseas.

Cruise lines like Royal Caribbean have their own meteorologists who track storms in advance.

Scott Lara, travel expert and owner of Cruise Genius, recommended purchasing travel insurance just in case.

“Travel insurance gives you peace of mind in case you miss a suitcase or a flight,” Lara said. “I simply recommend that you purchase travel insurance with the option to cancel for any reason.”

Lara suggests calling immediately if you are concerned about sudden cancellations or if a storm will affect your boat.

“Call the cruise line, call your travel agent, they are the ones who can keep you informed about that,” Lara said.

Moore said that’s what he’s been doing to calm his nerves.

“Basically, I just keep track of the weather, check with the cruise line and check with Fox World Travel and ask, ‘Is everything OK?’” Moore said.

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