Looking forward to your next boating adventure? Whether you’re a nautical newbie or a seasoned sailor, we want you to enjoy your trip. To protect from any impending cruise disasters, take a look at these open ocean crisis scenarios and how to avoid them.

Seasickness

Even the most experienced sailor experiences seasickness from time to time. The longer your voyage, the more likely you are to suffer from this ailment. There are many remedies for seasickness, so be sure to study up before you go. Popular options for preventing seasickness include scopolamine, which comes in a patch you put behind your ear, antiemetics, which are medications that reduce nausea, and antihistamines, which can put you to sleep at night.

Sunburns

You may be used to the hot Australia sun, but it’s nothing in comparison to sun in the open ocean. Protection is key here. Remember to apply sun cream regularly and to know your limits. Use extra caution on the first day of your cruise, especially if you are travelling in winter.

Dehydration

‘Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink’. Actually, there are plenty of drops to drink, because you’re on a cruise ship and not a dingy. It’s easy to forget the essentials when you’re having fun (or when you’re using alcohol to quench your thirst). Remember to bring a water bottle with you at all times on the ship to ensure you remain properly hydrated. Nothing derails a cruise holiday faster than a trip to the infirmary. When you disembark, try to bring water from the boat with you, as local drinking supplies may not be optimal.

Norovirus

This virus sounds scary, but it’s really just the stomach flu, and it’s more annoying than dangerous. Norovirus is a bug most commonly found on cruise ships and can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps. This illness is usually the result of food contamination. Prevent this by practicing good hygiene on board, and by making sure the staff does as well. Do your research before departing and steer clear of cruise lines that have a high propensity of reviews mentioning illness.

Falling

Don’t be the man overboard on your cruise ship. According to official cruise reports, about 20 people fall overboard each year while on a cruise holiday. There are many reasons as to why this happens, but most involve personal problems, high levels of stress or alcohol. Remember that while many cruise travel insurance policies cover mishaps of this kind, they usually don’t help if negligent behaviour or alcohol is involved. Remember to read the whole product disclosure statement before you take off, and again before you try to make a claim. Avoid cruising for a bruising by always being aware of your surroundings and not leaning too close to the ledge.

Cancellations

Whether it’s bad weather or a heightened travel alert that derails your cruising holiday, know that these things happen more often than you probably think. Read your ticket before you purchase to see in what events costs can be refunded. If you purchase a non-refundable ticket, be sure to look into cancellation cover and avoid potentially losing out on a lot of money.

Late arrivals

You show up at the dock, but wait—where’s the ship? Whether you’ve planned this trip down to a T or you bought your tickets the week before, the sad reality is that many people literally miss the boat when it comes cruise time. The only way to prevent this is to plan, plan, plan. Fly into your embarkation port a few days early and arrive at the dock well before anchors away. While you can call the cruise line and cry from the dock, you might not get much sympathy.

Pirates!

Well, maybe not pirates exactly. Think of this heading as more of an -type situation. The fact is, no matter where you travel or when you leave, there is always a level of risk. From pirates to cyclones to diseases to sinking Titanic-style, there is always something that can go wrong on your trip. For the small inconveniences as well as the big disasters, travel insurance works to give you peace of mind while cruising. And while no company can protect you against every scenario, Cover-More has comprehensive cruise cover to help get you home safely. Consider booking a policy before embarking on your next boating adventure.

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