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Cruise Ship Nightmare Finally Ended, but a Fair Warning to Others


Stuck on a cruise ship with 4,500 other cranky passengers, no air conditioning and nothing but spam on the menu. Talk about a travel disaster.

The Carnival Cruise Ship Splendor finally returned to port Thursday, three days after an engine room fire cut power throughout the ship, leaving it adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

Although Carnival is reimbursing passengers for the cost of their trip and transportation home, nightmare-cruise passengers are not always so lucky.

This past October, two days into a 12-day voyage, the crew of the Celebrity Century discovered the ship's rudder was damaged. The cruise was cancelled, stranding passengers in a small port in southern France during a country-wide transportation strike.

Many of the passengers complained that the crew of the Century were very little help, and had to rely on travel agents and their travel insurance concierge service to help them find their way around France and back home.

With USI Travel Insurance Select Elite, you can receive reimbursement if your trip is cancelled and our concierge service can help you make transportation arrangements to get back home in an emergency.

Planning a cruise? Learn a lesson from these ill-fated trips. For more information on cruise insurance, visit www.travelinsure.com/who/tourcruise.asp.


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That is indeed scary and what made it worst was when the crew almost didn't given any help. Having travel insurance is really a must when traveling because you won't know what happens next.

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I heard about that in the news, but it is great to hear that there was a good result for the passengers. I've heard some bad stories like the other one you mentioned.

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We could have been in a much worst situation like a cruise ship sinking. Being stuck is just fine with me compared to a maritime disaster.

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I will take heed of your warning in this post. I hope I won't experience the same mishap when I visit Thailand next month.

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Such an unfortunate turnout of what should have been a lovely luxury cruise although this definitely could have gotten way worse.


There is always a risk with everything you do and unfortunately this is just one of those times that something has gone wrong. Cruise's are a great experience that everyone should enjoy, I am glad to read that everyone is OK.

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