Trip Coach: April 4, 2006
Cruisestar.com travel expert Pat Webb answered your questions on cruising
Pat Webb, Cruisestar.com: Hi, thanks for joining me. I'm ready to answer your questions.
New York City, NY: What is the best cruise for senior single male?
Pat Webb, Cruisestar.com: Carnival to the Caribbean.
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Broken Arrow, OK: We are traveling in Europe in May and early June. We have been waiting for a last minute deal, preferably on the Golden Princess, for May 22. The offers at this time are still a bit pricy. Are there ways of pricing cruises even in late April for May dates? Thank you.
Pat Webb, Cruisestar.com: Currently the Golden Princess is sold out for the May 22 sailing. You can check our live booking engine at our web site for any last minute deals. One that I think is a bargain is the Carnival Liberty out of Rome. Reduced rates on the air are running $649 to $899. Terrific bargain for Europe.
Bellmore, NY: Hi! We are a group of 10-12 with a Mediterranean cruise planned for October.We have included several pre cruise days in Istanbul, Turkey. We need to purchase travel insurance. We all paid our initial cruise deposit several months ago so we understand that there would now be a 90-180 day window on pre-existing medical conditions. What exactly does this mean? Does this mean that 90 days prior to purchasing insurance there could not be any new diagnosis of a problemthat could cause cancellation of your trip? If, for example, you have been taking medication to control blood pressure for years....but there has been no major change in the last 90 days...is that still considered "pre-existing"???? Also...who falls into this pre-existing condition? Does it only apply to the actual travelers or does it also carry over to any family members not traveling?
Since we will be very far from home, medical and medical evacuation are very important. Is your medical insurance primary or secondary? How much medical and medical evacuation coverage do you recommend? Which policy do you suggest we purchase? We are ready to purchase and we are comparing Travelex to CSA Insurance. Travelex limits are higher and we are all familiar with the company. However, CSA waives this pre-existing window if the policy is purchased prior to final trip payment. That is a major concern at this time. Hope you can clear these matters up. Kindly, Karen & Martin, Myra & Charles
Pat Webb, Cruisestar.com: What you are refering to is the "look back window" that the insurance company will look at to see if your condition was stable "prior" to the period you mentioned. My experience has been that Travel Guard is the easiest to work with on this issue. If you want to call our office, one of our staff will work up a quote for you.
Dana Point, CA: I'm 51 years old, single and prefer to travel alone. There seems to be an extremely small number of single cabins available and, when booking a cruise, I do not want to sign up for a roommate. What is the best way to be informed of cruises that either have no single supplements or have single supplements less than 100% (and preferably 50% or less?)
Pat Webb, Cruisestar.com: In the mass market Carnival offers the best deal for singles. Book a category 1A and you will get a terrific rate. They only have a few of these staterooms on each ship, so it is best to book early.
Des Moines, IA: My husband and I have never been on a cruise because he is prone to motion sickness. He has gotten motion sicknes from snorkeling as well. Flying does not seem to be a problem. He has purchased one of those electronic wrist bands, but we are afraid to try a cruise, because if he can't tolerate it, it would be a miserable trip. Do you think there is any way to be sure that he could safely try cruising?
Pat Webb, Cruisestar.com: I find that even the most "sensitive" do well on the new, large ships with this issue. Try a three day cruise from Florida or California and see how it goes. I don't think you will have a problem if you tolerate flying.
Pittsburgh, PA: I will be travelling with a tour on the Tran Siberian Railway thru Asia 9/6-9/29/2006 with a final stop in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is so close to Helsinki and Stockholm, I would like to book a short (4 or 5 day) Scandinavian cruise to hit the highlights of those cities. Is there anything out there? What are my options, if any? Thanks!