PONANT offers new repatriation COVID insurance

Guest piece of mine assured with evacuation and luggage repatriation option

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PONANT has introduced a new evacuation and luggage repatriation policy to cover guests travelling aboard.

Recognising the desire to give travellers peace of mind and confidence during the pandemic, PONANT have continued to adapt and optimise its already robust protocol integrating all the technological, human, and material measures to ensure the provision and maintenance of their ‘Anti COVID’ sanitary bubble onboard their small expedition ships.

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Further enforcing guests’ existing and mandatory travel insurance, PONANT’s new COVID MUTUAID insurance now offers guests worldwide coverage for medical fees and repatriation home in the case of contracting COVID onboard. Valued at AU$45 per person, the policy covers only the portion the guest has allocated with PONANT, and not any international flights or travel arrangements made separately.

PONANT notes that this new policy only covers evacuation and luggage repatriation. “It does not replace the need for regular travel insurance,” the ultra-luxury cruise line says online.

For Antarctica 2021/22 sailings (through until March 2022), PONANT is offering free COVID insurance to all guests.

Deb Corbett, GM Sales & Marketing for PONANT Asia Pacific said the new insurance policy was a deliberate next step as the world moves forward in a COVID-safe way.

“For PONANT, it’s imperative to ensure guests continue to feel safe and comfortable and this does just that in addition to comprehensive COVID safe measures. With the tools developed by PONANT and the organisation of such a large-scale exercise, the company continues to set new standards of safety at sea, as well as pioneering new ways of exploration,” she said.

PONANT’s new Covid Evacuation and Repatriation insurance policy is commissionable for travel advisors.

More details at au.ponant.com/insurance

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