10 OPENING LINES 5 TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE BEST TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR YOUR CRUISE C ruises are among the most in demand vacations in the United States, more than tripling in popularity over the past five years, according to data from travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth. Many travelers are taking advantage of cruise sales to book their next vacation and relying on travel insurance to protect their investment. With wave season kicking off this week, Square- mouth shares five key tips for buying cruise insurance in 2019. BE WARY OF COVERAGE THROUGH YOUR CRUISE LINE Travelers with specific concerns, such as a sick family member at home or a pre-existing medi- cal condition, should compare the insurance offered through their cruise line to that of a third-party to ensure they are getting the cover- age they need for the lowest price. Third-party policies typically have more ex- tensive Trip Cancellation and Trip Delay benefits, and can include Pre-Existing Condition cover- age, which is typically not covered by cruise line insurance. Third-party policies can also provide coverage for travel before and after your cruise, while cruise line insurance typically only covers portions of your trip purchased directly through the cruise line.