With the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland on Saturday, 21 May, cruisers are encouraged to stay in close contact with their cruise company or travel agent for any updates regarding disruptions to flights. The BBC has reported that the ash cloud is expected to cover a large portion of the North Atlantic.
However, cruisers can take comfort in the fact that the situation does seem to be improving. When the volcano originally began erupting on Saturday, ash rose 12 miles into the air, and although it is still active, it is now not as powerful, with its plume decreased to 8 miles.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has said that it is monitoring the situation very closely. Andrew Haines, chief executive of the CAA has said, “We can’t rule out disruption, but the new arrangements that have been put in place since last year’s ash cloud mean the aviation sector is better prepared and will help to reduce any disruption in the event that volcanic ash affects UK airspace.”
Because there is some uncertainty surrounding this event, do stay up to date with your cruise company. If you have booked through a travel agent, and find yourself unable to fly to or from your destination, they should be able to organise alternative arrangements. If your holiday dates change, notify your insurance company to ensure you are covered throughout your trip.
Not all insurers have amended their policies to provide additional coverage for natural disasters since the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull last year, so do check to find out if you are covered. Saga Travel Insurance has stated that it will automatically provide coverage within its standard policy at no extra premium as a result of disruption or cancellation caused by volcanic ash.
For the most up-to-date information about the ash cloud, visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.