WARWICK, R.I., Jan. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- InsureMyTrip, the nation's largest travel insurance comparison site, today announced the results of its travel survey of 800 U.S. respondents. The poll reveals that a vast majority of cruisers have experienced some kind of travel disruption during a trip. The most common frustrations included cruise itinerary changes and medical issues. Health reasons also led the majority of travel insurance claims with travelers listing "medical care during a trip" as a top issue.
"These results show that the majority of cruisers will experience some kind of travel inconvenience that is completely out of their control," said CEO Jim Grace of InsureMyTrip. "Cruisers also clearly share unique healthcare concerns during a voyage; with medical issues resulting in many insurance claims. Despite these issues, most travelers appear to be pleased with their overall cruise experience and look forward to cruise vacations."
The poll reveals that most cruise passengers have experienced a travel disruption during a trip. Respondents could choose more than one answer:
56% Cruise itinerary change during a voyage
6% Stomach illness
TOP TRAVEL INSURANCE NEEDS FOR CRUISERS
Travelers, who voluntarily participated in this survey, had all researched or purchased travel insurance within the past 24 months. Out of those polled, 19% had filed a travel insurance claim for a cruise-related issue. Here are the top reasons for filing a claim:
- Medical care required during cruise
- Medical issue forced trip cancellation
- Bad weather forced delay or cancellation of cruise
- Missed flight led to delay or cancellation of cruise
- Items stolen or lost during trip
MOST POPULAR CRUISE DESTINATIONS
Caribbean and Europe are nearly tied as the most popular cruise destination while 10% chose Alaska as a top place to visit.
RIVER CRUISING GAINS SPEED
Seventy-seven percent of those polled have either been on a river cruise or would like to go on a river cruise. Twelve percent have no desire to go while 10% prefer larger cruise ships.
InsureMyTrip is the leading online travel insurance comparison site featuring top products from the most trusted providers in the industry. A trusted resource that serves millions of customers worldwide, our licensed insurance agents help travelers find the right insurance plan. InsureMyTrip provides the travel insurance industry's largest customer ratings and reviews forum and a unique customer advocacy program that provides one-on-one assistance to travelers before, during, and after their trip. Established in 2000, InsureMyTrip is a division of IMT Services Corporation and headquartered in Warwick, R.I., with additional offices and data centers in Connecticut and Oregon. For more information visit www.InsureMyTrip.com.