Unless you live under a rock, no doubt you’ve recently heard of the various catastrophes that have befallen certain cruise ship tours over the past year. The customers on the Carnival Triumph who suffered from the groundings, mechanical failures and loss of water and electricity for days on end were offered as little as the cruise companies could offer and not risk the wrath of the public. Recompense for being forced to live in squalid conditions and losing long-awaited vacation plans included a refund for only three days of the planned cruise and the offer of a half-priced cruise in the future.
The anger of these passengers and the reported filth and disorganization of the ship led to a senator calling for a passengers’ Bill of Rights and an investigation into this recent spate of disasters. During all the media hype with photo shots, video footage and great quotes, some investigators began to research what happened in the past to the passengers of such voyages and discovered precisely why it’s wise to consider insurance as a necessity when booking a voyage.