More and more people are cruising

GLOBELINK has found more and more of its customers are turning to cruise holidays. They need have no worries about insurance cover as Globelink ensures they are covered under the terms of its standard travel insurance policy.

With 1.76 million people expected to take an ocean cruise holiday this year, according to the UK’s Passenger Shipping Association (PSA), more people than ever before are settling on the cruise option – 2 per cent more than last year, and double the numbers of a decade ago.

That is no surprise considering the exceptional value cruises offer, with accommodation, meals and entertainment all included in the package. And all of that with a minimum of packing and unpacking, as yet another exciting destination sails into view…

Once seen as the preserve of mature travellers who liked to dress for dinner every night, the customer profile has changed significantly. These days the average passenger is under 55 and there are almost as many cruise types as there are kinds of passenger. Adult-only cruises offer the ultimate in sophisticated getaways, while others cater for all the family, from Playstation-mad children with energy to burn, through to granddads who want to sharpen up their putting skills, or get expert tuition on how to work their iPads.

Mainstream cruises now provide classes on everything from history, antiques or painting to salsa dancing or the art of chocolate-making. Whatever your interest, you’re sure to find something that floats your boat.

Even with the best planning, though, the unexpected can happen.  A missed transfer, and the ship leaves without you. A cruise that has to be cut short when a close relative falls ill back home. Wise travellers take out travel insurance cover, but even they can be caught out. Unlike Globelink, some insurers exclude cruises from their standard travel insurance policies – which means you could end up paying a hefty premium for adequate coverage before you go.

Remember, if you live in Spain your travel insurance might be invalid if it does not cover the entire duration of your return trip from the date you leave Spain until the date you arrive back in Spain.

For an instant quote and to arrange cover securely online, enabling you to print your policy documents immediately, visit or you can telephone Globelink on 00 44 1353 699082 or their Spanish links line on 966 265 000 or 951 242 434.

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