Monday, December 29, 2008

Cruise Travel Health Insurance

Sailboats in the waters between ST John and ST Thomas

Travel insurance is something I’ve never been in a position to use. This is the first trip where our not showing up for sailing would cost us big. What’s the risk? We’re in our late 50’s, reasonably healthy and don’t expect any major issues. However, Dad has had a lot of medical support the past three months and that is a big risk. I’m opting for the insurance.

In looking at my options I realized all I needed was a basic policy that would do four things. Refund or reschedule our trip if a family member had medical problems. Cover us while being out of the country for medical care. Get us back home if we had to leave the trip early due to a need for extra medical care. Provide a daily allowance for the spouse if the other one of us needed medical care off the ship and it left without us.

Our insurance is with Blue Cross Blue Shield. In a phone call with them, I find that they have coverage where we are going. It’s not complete coverage, so I’ll have peace of mind with something extra.

Holland America has their own policy. I choose one through Travel Guard, partly because it is less expensive, but it is also easier to determine what coverage I have.
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Friday, July 18, 2008

Wobbly Legs

Here I am walking off the ship onto home soil. It feels solid compared to the gentle occasional rock from the ship for the past 7 days. Subconsciously I am mimicking everyone else walking off with luggage. Our gait is the same and we are all rocking in a synchronized wave. Looking around I see others that had far too good a time the previous night. Seeing the entire cruise ship’s occupants have that same appearance is quite amusing.
Glancing back at the ship, the huge size momentarily disorients me.  It was home for seven days and while there I definitely got some excellent exercise walking from one end to the other. Now standing in its shadow I feel its residual power in my muscles.
Now it’s off in a taxi back to our hotel, across the bridge and I look back, seeing the boat getting smaller and smaller. Its mass got less and less apparent, and my muscles’ memory as well as my own slowly fading.
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Monday, February 04, 2008

A new blog about Holland America Cruises!

Check out the new Holland America blog.
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No one knows Alaska like Holland America Line. Premium service and comfort has been perfected. Tradition is evident everywhere, from classic teak deck chairs to friendly stewards offering hot chocolate - complimentary, of course. Every stateroom is larger than most other cruise lines and offers stylish appointments such as the custom-designed Mariner's Dream bed.    Get the most from Alaska by enjoying a verandah stateroom or suite, which are more spacious than any other ships in our class. Dining on a Holland America ship is a delight to experience with detail to quality and service that is top notch. Enjoy the elegance of the main dining room, the Pinnacle Grill or a quick bite by the pool or room service.


Every day on board brings a wealth of activities and enrichment programs to showcase Alaska at its best. Learn new ways to prepare seafood in the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine. Keep in touch with your work or loved ones in the Explorations Cafe, powered by The New York Times. Relax in the Crow's Nest and enjoy panoramic views. 

What makes Holland America Line a step above?
  • Every cruise in Glacier Bay National Park will feature ranger commentary from the bridge and an informative presentation. A Hunan Totem speaker will talk about their ancestral ties to the land.
  • A ranger from Wrangell-St. Elias National Park will provide bridge commentary for every visit to the mammoth Hubbard Glacier. Tinged natives will showcase their culture during visits to Yakutat Bay.
  • Seattle departures will host a pre-cruise presentation by a ranger about thonal parks of the Inside Passage.
  • Land tours offering several choices to fit your time and to see the most of Alaska.
  • Comfortable domed rail cars and coaches making travel enjoyable to some of most desirable destinations in Alaska.

Be sure to bring your binoculars along to view the many different wildlife experiences up close.




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