A cruise ship sounds about the safest holiday environment you could choose – but even in these self-contained cities on the sea, something can go wrong. When RACV member John* had a stroke while on a cruise in New Zealand and needed to be medevaced home to Australia, he faced a huge bill. By the time medical transportation, additional emergency expenses and cancellation of the unused part of his trip were taken into account, the out-of-pocket costs came to $81,000.
Such a bill could have been life-changing - in a bad way. Fortunately, John had taken out RACV Travel Insurance, which covered the total amount.
John’s experience illustrates that whether you are travelling to New Zealand on a cruise with the family, an adventure break on the South Island or a self-drive holiday, there are some important questions to consider before you go to the Land of the Long White Cloud.
*John’s name has been changed