Would You Go On A Cruise If They Had “Coronavirus Insurance?”
What would it take to get you on a cruise these days? They almost acted as incubators in the early days of COVID-19, but what if they offered insurance for it?
The travel industry has been a mess since the coronavirus made its way to the United States. Airlines are struggling to get people on their planes, and cruise lines have been shut down altogether.
The close proximity of travelers creates a perfect environment for viruses like this to spread. In a short time, a lot of people who were just out to enjoy a nice vacation can become very sick.
So what would it take to get you back onto a cruise ship? I know there are a lot of people who are anxious to get back out and get their vacation on. But with restrictions and an abundance of caution, it's just not a good idea to do it right now.
Would you do it if they offered "coronavirus insurance" though?
A new luxury cruise line is vowing to be back out on the open seas in 2021 and they're hoping that offering that type of insurance might get people to come out with them. They're called Atlas Ocean Voyages and they say it would be included in their all-inclusive ticket price. It's not going to give you your money back though. It looks as though instead, it will cover "transportation to a local treatment center in the event of a medical issue, plus transportation home, or to another medical facility closer to home."
“With this first-ever included insurance coverage, our guests can enjoy peace of mind sailing our captivating destinations and know that we take care of every detail as part of our ‘all-inclusive all the way’ experience,” - Alberto Aliberti, president of Atlas Ocean Voyages
Don't get me wrong, it would be great to get back out on vacation. Hit up some beaches and live the good life again, but is this a responsible thing to do? If there's someone who becomes ill, not only are they going to put other travelers in danger of becoming sick, but they risk exposing people in other countries to the virus as well.
It just doesn't seem like many countries would be open to ships coming to their land without knowing what the people on those ships are bringing with them.