Stats: The Top Worries of Cruise Travelers

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InsureMyTrip has announced the results of its annual cruise survey. The new poll of roughly 2,072 U.S. respondents reveals that getting sick or injured before or during a cruise remains the top concern for travelers. Health-related issues also led the majority of travel insurance claims for cruise vacations.

Cruisers are most concerned about an illness or injury affecting a trip followed by bad weather and missing a cruise departure:

  • 43.1 percent - Getting sick or injured before or during a cruise
  • 39.8 - Bad weather
  • 17.1 - Missing a cruise departure

Getting sick or injured before or during a cruise was also identified as the top concern in last year's survey. Also, roughly one out of four respondents had experienced seasickness during a voyage.

One in four polled chose the Caribbean (26 percent) as a favorite cruise destination, followed by Alaska (15 percent). Six percent chose Italy as a top place to visit.

When it comes to cruise news, upcoming deals are the most exciting, followed by port-friendly itineraries.

  • 58.1 percent cruise deals
  • 27.7 percent more time at port, less at sea
  • 9.9 percent updated Wi-Fi on ship
  • 4.3 percent new VIP services for suite guests

Travelers, who voluntarily participated in this survey, had all researched or purchased travel insurance within the past 24 months. Out of those polled, 19 percent had filed a travel insurance claim for a cruise-related issue. Here were some of the common reasons:

  • Medical care required during a cruise
  • A medical issue forced a trip cancellation
  • Bad weather forced a delay or cancellation of a cruise
  • Missed flight led to a delay or cancellation of a cruise
  • Items were stolen or lost during a trip

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