By Clark, Glenrothes
on 05 Oct
We are planning a cruise on the norwegian gem next may. we fly to...
3 Answers , 292 Views
The best insurance is to go a day earlier, or even two days, as most of us do who book our own flights. We always treat the day or two before as part of the holiday as it gives an opportunity to actually experience our port of departure as opposed to airport-taxi-ship. As for insurance I would think the cost would outweigh the 'budget' flight. We experienced this for real a couple of years ago on squeezyjet, 45 minutes into the flight they turned back to the UK. Don't worry they said 'there's a spare aircraft waiting to take you to your destination'. There was but we had to wait 3 hours for a relief crew to fly the damn thing! Fortunately our 'day early cushion' came into play. Good Luck. Wilba.
P.S. Not wishing to be too negative, but if you do fly on the day of cruise always have a back up plan. Times of flights, trains etc. to get you to the ships first port of call, to meet it there.
Thanks for this - in saying that - my flight is at 7.15am arriving in barcelona 10.30am - and i dont have to board ship until 5pm latest - so hopefully i should have plenty of time.
Agree with Wilba, we always book our own flights and go a few days earlier, the money saved usually more than covers this. Also there is no stress worrying about missing the ship, no doubt a very costly issue.
This happened to us a couple of years back when all the airports went on security alert. Fortunately as Wilba suggested we booked a day before the cruise departed, our flight was cancelled but we managed to get flight next day and still made it to the ship. This prompted me to enquire as to how holdiay insurance worked. I was told we would only have been covered had we set foot on the aeroplane and then the flight cancelled. As we had warning - all be it only a couple of hours that the flight was cancelled, we were not covered by insurance. Hence we always book flight out a day early, always have a back up plan ie; know airports and timings of alternative flights. We usually find that as most cruise in the Med have a weekend departure, what we save on the cost of weekend flights by going out on a Thurs or Fri usually pays for the cost of a reasonably priced hotel.
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