3 Hacks Guaranteed to Save You Money on a Travel Insurance Policy

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 28, 2018 — Insuring a trip can save travelers from huge financial losses when the unexpected happens, but many take the risk rather than adding the expense of an insurance policy. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, shares 3 travel insurance hacks to save money on a policy, proving coverage doesn’t need to come at a huge cost. Insure Only Non-Refundable Trip CostsTravelers insuring the cost of a trip can expect to spend 4-10% of their trip cost on a travel insurance policy, so it is important to remember: the lower the trip cost, the lower the premium. To save from spending too much on a policy, travelers should only insure expenses they would lose if they are unable to travel as planned, such as airfare and hotel costs. For example, if a hotel requires travelers to pay a 50% penalty to cancel a hotel reservation, they should insure just that amount, rather than the full cost of the hotel. Skip Cancel For Any Reason CoverageWhile the Cancel For Any Reason upgrade can offer greater flexibility if a traveler needs to cancel their trip, it typically increases the cost of a policy by as much as 40% and only reimburses a portion of the trip cost. Since most common Trip Cancellation concerns are covered by standard cancellation policies, there is no reason for travelers to pay more for the benefit unless they have a unique concern that isn’t otherwise covered.Compare Your OptionsThe best way for travelers to find the least expensive policy that fits their needs is by shopping around and using a third-party comparison site, such as Squaremouth.com, to compare premiums and coverages. While policies typically have similar benefits, premiums vary widely depending on the insurance provider. Travelers who are offered a policy through their cruise line, airline, or credit card should compare it with other policies on the market to make sure they are getting the coverage they need at the lowest cost.  About SquaremouthSquaremouth compares travel insurance products from every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third-party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.com.last_img read more

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Announces Return to Grand Bahama Island

first_imgCruise Line Will Be First to Bring Leisure Travelers Back to Grand Bahama Island Following Hurricane Dorian; Nassau Added as Second Destination Beginning October 12 DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – September 24, 2019 – Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, which was the first cruise line to dock in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island following Hurricane Dorian – transporting critical humanitarian aid and hundreds of volunteers – today announced it will resume commercial operations with two-night round-trip sailings from Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island beginning Friday, September 27.  With its return to Freeport, the company becomes the first cruise line to bring leisure travelers back to Grand Bahama Island following the storm. As part of today’s announcement, the company also revealed the addition of a second destination, Nassau, with sailings onboard Grand Classica, the cruise line’s second ship, beginning October 12. “After ongoing discussions with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, we are thrilled to have been given official approval to resume leisure cruises to Grand Bahama Island, as well as to introduce Nassau as a second destination for our guests,” said Oneil Khosa, CEO of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. “Tourism is the most important industry in the Bahamas, and we all know the lifeline it brings to residents across the islands.  While we remain focused on providing aid to our friends and family on Grand Bahama Island, we also know that returning to a traditional sailing schedule will make an incredibly positive impact. After hosting two successful humanitarian sailings, we are excited to bring our guests back to the Bahamas.” Revitalizing Tourism to Grand Bahama Island Beginning September 27, travelers can set sail from the Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island aboardGrand Celebration with cruise fares starting at just $109 per person, and 50 percent off the second guest for all sailings this fall. Guests will enjoy award-winning dining, ocean-class entertainment, a smoke-free casino, and more. Once in Freeport, travelers can enjoy a Beach Getaway excursion, experiencing the south side of the island. Known as some of the best beaches in the Bahamas, those on the island’s south side feature long stretches of pristine sands, where sand forms into ripples at low tide, often referred to as the island’s “welcome mat.” Local flavor will abound with island-inspired food, Junkanoo-style entertainment and the opportunity to interact with Grand Bahama Island locals, known for their warm hospitality. Travelers interested in joining the island’s rebuilding effort may forgo the Beach Getaway excursion and instead participate in a volunteer excursion, which Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is currently planning with local organizations. Volunteer excursions are expected to include light manual labor, and as such, participants are required to wear athletic clothing and appropriate closed-toe footwear as a safety precaution.  Volunteer excursions must be requested and booked in advance, through Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and its official partners only. Diversifying Bahamas Vacation Opportunities with a Second Destination Beginning October 12, guests will have the option to cruise to Nassau aboard Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’sGrand Classica, which is currently on its way home from a one-time Western Caribbean and Panama Canal cruise and private group sailing. Nassau has long been a destination of great interest for the cruise line, and the decision to add it as a port of call was based on current demand and guest feedback. Cruise-only fares start at just $159 per person for round-trip Nassau sailings and departures will be available to book starting September 25. Travelers can expect details on shore excursions soon. Cruise & Stay Program in Nassau Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s unique Cruise & Stay Program will soon be added as an option for guests sailing to Nassau to complement its existing and successful program on Grand Bahama Island. Travelers booking this option can cruise to Nassau aboard Grand Classica, where they’ll enjoy either an all-inclusive vacation or hotel stay at one of the cruise line’s partner resorts. “Our Cruise & Stay options for guests are currently being finalized, but based on feedback from our guests who have enjoyed this option in the past on Grand Bahama, we know the demand is there and this will start a new chapter for many destination hotels in Nassau, as well as the outlying islands,” said Khosa. The Cruise & Stay Program includes round-trip cruises from Palm Beach to Nassau, round-trip resort transfers, unlimited food and drinks at the all-inclusive properties, water sports, and activities, and daily and nightly entertainment. Bahamians currently in the United States and looking to return to the Bahamas may book a one-way sailing to Freeport aboard Grand Celebration at just $105 per person, beginning with the September 27 departure. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line will continue to deliver donated supplies from its warehouse to Freeport during future commercial sailings.  For more information on Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line or to book a cruise, please visit:www.BahamasParadiseCruise.com or call 888-530-2775 (English) / 888-530-2776 (Español). Follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  ABOUT BAHAMAS PARADISE CRUISE LINE Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, the ultimate Bahamas getaway, is the only provider of two-night cruises to Grand Bahama Island and the originator of the unique Cruise & Stay program, letting travelers extend their Bahamas adventure with a stay at a beach resort. The company operates two ships, Grand Celebration, and Grand Classica – which recently earned Cruise Critic’s 2019 Cruisers’ Choice Award for Best Entertainment. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is majority-owned by the family of former Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Kevin Sheehan.last_img read more

Former board chair gets Superior Court nod

Dave Edwards, former Brock board of trustees chair, was appointed a Superior Court judge. St. Catharines lawyer Dave Edwards, a former Brock University trustee and chair of the board, has been appointed a Superior Court judge.Edwards, who joins the bench in Brampton, was one of six new judges assigned to courts across the country by the federal government last week.A lawyer with Lancaster Brooks and Welch in St. Catharines since 1979, Edwards has been a certified specialist in corporate and commercial law since 2005. His other areas of practice are commercial, corporate, estates, real estate and administrative law.He was admitted to the bar in 1977 after receiving his Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall. He obtained a Master of Laws degree in 2012.Edwards has been a member of the Ontario Civilian Police Commission since 2004. He has served as vice-chair since 2011.He was a Brock trustee from 1994 to 2005, board chair from 2000 to 2003 and was named Trustee Emeritus in 2008.Edwards was instrumental in bringing President Jack Lightstone to Brock, on whose watch the university has gone through remarkable growth.In addition, Edwards is a member of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines and a past member of its board.He and his wife, Mary Ann, plan to keep their home in St. Catharines.Mary Ann, who is director of the Rankin Cancer Run, will remain at the helm of the event, which has raised $3.229 million since the first run seven years ago.This year’s run, which saw 10,000 people participate, raised $725,000. read more

3 senior staff fired over Uitvlugt estate flying knives incident

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDamaged cane shredder responsible for Uitvlugt Estate malfunctionAugust 21, 2018In “Business”$18M worth of cane spoils at Uitvlugt factory –sourceAugust 19, 2018In “latest news”Angry sugar workers to protest outside President’s Office todayFebruary 13, 2017In “Local News” The probe into the ‘knife-shredder’ incident at the Uitvlugt Sugar Estate’s has concluded and three senior staff, including one engineer, were fired. This was confirmed on Saturday to <<>> by a senior official close to the investigation.Reports are that during the months-long investigation into the incident, sufficient evidence was shown to hold the trio accountable for the situation that occurred in August 2018, when the cane shredder became uncontrollable, sending 64 of 70 knives haywire.The incident took place just after another – the cane shredder malfunctioned – causing millions of dollars’ worth of cane being left to spoil.Uitvlugt Sugar EstateWhen the factory finally recommenced operations after resolving that issue, it was met with the uncontrollable cane shredder incident that resulted in workers having to flee for their lives as the knives became loose and were sent flying through the air in all directions. As a result of the second incident at the Uitvlugt Sugar Estate, suspicions were raised that the cane shredder had been sabotaged in August, last year.However, management of that sugar factory along with top officials from the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) stated that they could not make that declaration until investigations into the matter had been completed.These investigations, which were scheduled to have been completed within a three-week period, eventually took about six months to be concluded.Ahead of this probe which commenced in August 2018, a GuySuCo official had revealed that when the operator starts up the cane shredder machine, the operator is not supposed to start the turbine, but is in fact expected to test-run the knives’ component without the turbine.However, this procedure was reportedly not followed, and the “trip” was allowed to spin with excessive speed.The damage to the cane shredder resulted in millions in losses, at the expense of the State. The August 11, 2018 incident also was responsible for the delayed commencement of sugarcane grinding. These difficulties resulted in the second crop suffering a setback.Officials had also explained that the damaged parts for the turbine, knife shaft and knives were sourced and replaced, and engineers claimed that “all of the necessary safety checks have been carried out on the turbine, as recommended by the manufacturer and as stated in the operations and maintenance manual.”The knives which went flying are made out of carbon steel and weigh 20lbs each. read more