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Nationwide Universal Cruise

The Nationwide Universal Cruise plan is only available to people who will be traveling on a cruise during their trip. It is well suited for those who will be traveling up to 30 days with family or friends.

This plan is specifically built for the unique needs you’ll have if you are going on a cruise. Because of this, there are some benefits that are not typically included in comprehensive plans. For instance, Return Home Early coverage allows you to abandon your cruise for any reason, and provides transportation costs up to $250 in order to get home. In order to be eligible for this, the plan must be purchased prior to the final payment. See quoted plan for other eligibility requirements and full coverage details. Some state residencies will not allow this coverage.

More specific coverages include (available in most states):

  • Port of Call Change - If the cruise line changes your itinerary prior to departure and you elect to embark on the voyage, this plan will provide a one-time payment of $100 for the inconvenience.
  • Shipboard Service Disruption – If the cruise line changes your itinerary during the cruise due to a shipboard fire, virus or mechanical breakdown, this plan will provide a one-time compensation payment of $100.
  • Pre-Paid Excursion Reimbursement – If the cruise line changes your itinerary after your departure and you have secured pre-paid, non-refundable excursions, this plan will provide a one-time reimbursement up to $250.
  • Missed Connection - If inclement weather causes a delay due to a covered reason of 3 or more hours of all regularly scheduled airlines and you miss your cruise departure, this plan will reimburse up to $500 for expenses to help you rejoin your ship.

The Universal Cruise plan also includes important coverage such as trip cancellation and trip interruption. If you need to cancel prior to departure or interrupt after departure for a covered reason. The plan also features benefits like travel delay, missed connection, baggage coverage, medical, and emergency medical evacuation coverage to list a few.

Coverages and Plan Info

Coverage amounts are per person, unless otherwise noted.

Plan Summary

Highlighted Coverages

Trip Cancellation
Trip Interruption
Pre-Existing Condition Waiver
Pre-Existing Condition Lookback Period
Medical Evacuation

Plan Info

Plan Type
View Certificate
Refund Policy
Available to
U.S. Residents traveling on a covered cruise line during the trip
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Trip Protection

Trip Cancellation
Trip Interruption
Terrorism in Itinerary City
Interrupt for Any Reason
See Return Home Early coverage details in Additional Benefits section below
Cancel for Any Reason

Pre-Existing Conditions

Lookback Period


Medical Evacuation

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Ratings and reviews

Our customers rate the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Universal Cruise on our site
(4.59) of 5
on average based on 514 reviews.
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Very good coverage for a very good price. Thanks
Kenneth P.
I purchased a policy from Nationwide for a cruise I planned to go on in October 2019. Because of the expense of a cruise, I thought insurance would be helpful in case I could not go on the cruise. Unfortunately for me I was robbed in Italy a couple of days before I was to go on the cruise. I could not go on the cruise as my entire purse was stolen with my passport and all my money. The cruise line will not let you go on board without a valid passport. I had no choice but to go to the nearest embassy to get an emergency passport to fly home. Nationwide said the cruise was not eligible for compensation. Ironically this was the only reason I bought insurance, in order to cover the cost of the trip if I was not able to go. All they would pay was $400.00 They sent an email stating they would send a check on December 4,2019.,but it could take 30 days to receive the check..This is ridiculous. It does not take 30 days to mail a check. I waited the required amount of time, and it is now well over 30 days. I called and they were not very helpful. I was told that if they were able to mail a check, it wouldn't be until Monday January 13,2020.. I can not recommend this company to anyone. I have no idea, if I will ever get paid.
Jeneen B.
Glad we didn't have to use it. But it gave us peace of mind anyway. Thanks, will use you again when we need to.
Linda N.
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