Tuesday, May 22, 2007

eCruises.com offers free travel insurance

Facing fierce competition among Internet cruise sellers, eCruises.com has introduced a new lure: the website now offers free travel insurance for any cruise you book through its site. It claims to be the only cruise retailer making such an offer. The complimentary cruise insurance protects travelers against trip interruption and cancellation, emergency medical and dental expenses, emergency medical evacuation, travel delay, and baggage delays and losses, and does so for all the occupants of a stateroom -- not just the first two.

If you've ever purchased cruise insurance (and you should, unless you get it free) you know that this offer could easily save you upwards of $100 or more per passenger -- not to mention the money you might recover if you have to cancel your trip, etc. etc. Of course, before grabbing this offer, you'll want to note the money you save on insurance versus the money you might or might not save by booking through another Internet discounter or travel agent. But everything else being equal, the free insurance makes for a very nice perk.

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