December 03, 2008 15:59 ET

70 Percent of Cruise Insurance Claims Occur Prior to Cruising; Protect Cruise Deals With Free Cruise Insurance

DANBURY, CT--(Marketwire - December 3, 2008) - According to iTravelInsured, 70 percent of all cruise insurance claims occur before you begin your cruise vacation, most of which are due to illness, injury or death in the family. ( protects its customers' cruise deals with a FREE exclusive cruise protection package, guaranteeing worry-free cruising on all cruise bargains including Caribbean cruises and Alaska cruises -- cruise coverage begins the moment of activation and continues until you return home from your vacation.

In addition to peace of mind, complimentary cruise protection offers a significant value as the protection could easily cost upwards of $500 for a 10- to 14-night cruise, with no upward limit.

The cruise protection includes the following benefits per traveler:

--  Travel Delay and Interruption: Protection of up to $20,000
--  Travel Delay including Missed Cruise Connections: Protection of up to
--  Baggage Delay: Protection of up to $200
--  Stolen or Lost Baggage: Protection of up to $1,000
--  Emergency Medical and Dental Expenses: Protection of up to $10,000
--  Emergency Evacuation: Protection of up to $20,000
--  Emergency Reunion and Repatriation of Remains: Protection up to $3,000
--  Accidental Death & Dismemberment: Protection up to $25,000
--  24/7 Emergency Assistance offers insurance -- through the iTravelInsured Program -- on all cruise deals including the following:

--  Depart from Miami Feb. 9 onboard the Norwegian Sky, with stops on
    Grand Bahama Island, Nassau, and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.  Rates for
    this four-night cruise start at $139 per person.
--  Sail from Tampa, Feb. 21 onboard the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the
    Seas. This five-night cruise visits Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico with
    rates starting at $279 per person.
--  Cruise onboard the Carnival Freedom for six nights, departing Feb. 8
    from Fort Lauderdale.  Visit Key West, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
    Rates start at $399 per person.

In order to receive this exclusive free insurance, travelers must purchase the coverage at the time of booking and will be reimbursed at final payment. If the traveler cancels the cruise, the cruise insurance is not refundable. Certain restrictions apply.

For detailed information on the free insurance or to book, visit or contact a certified Cruise Specialist at 800-223-6868.

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