Travel insurance: Cruise ship illness highlights need for cover

Wednesday, 31 May 2006

A cruise ship detained at Harwich in Essex after a severe outbreak of vomiting and diarrhoea on board has been given the green light to continue its journey.

The Van Gogh liner had been kept at port after both crew members and passengers came down with the illnesses, thought to have been brought on board by a passenger on a previous trip.

Two elderly passengers were removed from the ship on stretchers and taken to Colchester hospital after being struck down by the illness – they have since been discharged and the ship has undergone a deep-clean disinfection.

The incident further highlights the need for travel insurance for Brits heading abroad, as it is not just on luxury liners that people become sick and need medical treatment.

Travellers heading to the EU are warned that holiday insurance and cheap travel insurance are essential to cover themselves for illness and loss of property abroad, as the new European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) does not cover for every eventuality.

And lucky Brits heading away for more than one trip this year would do well to invest in annual travel insurance, which covers for multiple trips and saves money, say experts.

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