Don't cruise without a passportToday’s tip draws from the sad story of two Kentucky women in December and offers a lesson or two in cruise preparedness.

The women were gifted a Caribbean cruise by friends, but when one of the women got sick on a stop in the Bahamas, she had to go to an emergency facility there. If that weren’t bad enough, the women were on Medicare, which doesn’t cover costs overseas, and so they had to foot a bill that included $2,000 cash up front. Worst of all, because they were unable to return to the cruise ship before it departed port, they were left in the Bahamas—with no passports, because the cruise had not required them of passengers (only birth certificates).

The lessons? You shouldn’t leave the country without a passport no matter what, and you should always consider getting travel insurance before you go. Here’s more on the insurance policy I travel with.

A video segment via ABC7 is below:



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