You may weigh the risks and rewards of taking a cruise in the coming months after the pandemic. Here’s three things to consider before you book a cruise.

There are a lot of great deals on a cruise.
There are a lot of great deals on a cruise.
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1. Look for cruise deals but read the fine print

Many cruise companies are offering low prices to get cruisers on board.

  • Carefully read the cruise line’s coronavirus policies including refunds, credits and cancellations.
  • Purchase travel insurance to protect against the unexpected.
  • Look at package pricing, such as bundling the cruise and airfare, to save money.
  • After you’ve booked, monitor price drops and ask for a refund of the difference.
A cruise docked in port.
A cruise docked in port.
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2. Research what countries are accepting cruises in their ports

Countries are protecting their borders and many have temporarily barred cruise ships.

  • Cross check the cruise itinerary with the ports that are open.
  • Check the U.S. Department of State site for travel advisories for each country.
  • Investigate how cruise lines are conducting on-shore excursions and the precautions they are taking in local port calls.
  • Learn the local coronavirus guidelines, such as wearing a face mask, if you explore the port on your own.
A cruise in Venice, Italy.
A cruise in Venice, Italy.
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3. Think about how cruise lines are taking steps to prevent coronavirus on board

Cruise lines are taking steps to prevent an outbreak of coronavirus among passengers.

  • Promoting social distancing in high-traffic areas such as the dining rooms or theaters.
  • Enforcing use of antibacterial spray by all guests to combat coronavirus.
  • Adding automatic doors to prevent touching of door handles.
  • Increasing the space and resources of onboard medical facilities to better serve sick passengers.

Do you think you’ll be taking advantage of the low cruise prices? Or do you think a cruise is not worth risking coronavirus? Let us know in the comments down below.

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