Online Vacation Center Selects APRIL as Preferred Travel Protection Partner

May 15, 2013

ONLINE VACATION CENTER SELECTS APRIL AS PREFERRED TRAVEL PROTECTION PARTNER

Cruise Retailer Partners to Offer Customers Travel Insurance and Assistance in One; Includes Stress Less Medical Emergency, Trip Cancellation and More

May 15, 2013 — (MIAMI, Fla.) – U.S.-based world travelers now have a greater reason to stress less and enjoy their next trip to lands far away. APRIL Travel Protection, a unique and customer-friendly travel insurance service and online portal, is now available as a preferred partner to customers who book travel through Online Vacation Center (OVC), one of the nation’s largest and most trusted vacation retailers.

Book a world-class vacation with one of OVC’s Personal Vacation ManagersSM. Then relax with APRIL’s white glove, concierge-like service-which, with one touch, manages everything from unforeseen medical emergencies to in-port lunch reservations.

APRIL Travel Protection, part of the international April Group with roots in Europe and Latin America, recently launched its unique and customer-friendly travel insurance service and online portal in the United States. Part insurance, part assistance, APRIL is ideal for today’s busy international traveler. Designed for the 21st Century, APRIL compacts 25 years of global experience into one insurer as easy to use and access as your personal phone.

“APRIL and OVC partnering together is a win-win for U.S.-based travelers ,” says Jason Schreier, vice president, APRIL Travel Protection. “Both APRIL and OVC strive for unparalleled customer-service that provides a hassle-free, stress less vacation.”

For over 25 years APRIL has assisted global travelers with Stress Less benefits ranging from cashless emergency medical support, to trip interruption and beyond. Most expenses are instantly adjudicated and paid for by April, thus allowing the policyholder to avoid going through the claims reimbursement process. U.S.-based travelers leaving the country or traveling domestically, now have a modern, cost-effective and consumer-friendly travel partner.

Should the unexpected happen, APRIL customers can go home to focus on scrapbooks, not reimbursement claims.  During an unforeseen crisis while at sea, APRIL will coordinate the solution and be there every step of the way: finding the doctor, interpreting if necessary, managing paper work, rebooking tickets and more. APRIL customer service is accessible via phone, email, live chat or Skype. Wherever you are in the world, with one contact, APRIL provides access to 25 years of experience and its own global network in more than 100 countries.

“Online Vacation Center is very pleased to offer our customers APRIL Travel Protection,” says Lori Sheller, vice president, sales and marketing. “We have found their competitive price, dedication to customer service, and product benefits to be among the best in the industry.

Changing the Image of Insurance

With most travel insurance, it’s just that: insurance and a hope that the customer won’t need to make a claim on the policy. APRIL is different. At the cornerstone of unparalleled customer service is helping travelers face the unexpected, but the travel protection also offers an extreme level of travel assistance for all the things APRIL gets directly involved with to make a trip run smoother. From lost bags, to delayed flights, to reservations at the best local restaurant, APRIL is one touch away and ready to help. APRIL’s comprehensive services are just that, comprehensive.

Just like many other facets of our fast-paced world, APRIL has caught up with its one touch travel assistance. Purchase a protection plan that meets your travel needs while booking your cruise. APRIL’s plans span individuals and families; and provide customers the opportunity to take a 14-day Free Look period to decide if the policy fits their needs.  While out at sea or in-port, connect with live assistance via Skype, Live Chat, email or phone. Within seconds, 365/24/7, someone who speaks your native tongue is there to help manage the unexpected or assist in the most mundane of concierge tasks. Stress Less with APRIL.

About APRIL

APRIL Travel Protection, part of the April Group (founded in 1988 in France), is a company that designs, markets and sells various insurance and assistance solutions throughout North America. APRIL has been a market leader in Europe and Latin America, with more than 2 Million policyholders world-wide. APRIL clients are serviced by its own Global Assistance Network with offices strategically located in over 100 countries.

For over 25 years, APRIL Travel Protection has been taking care of travelers with a mission to provide simple, efficient and effective coverage and solutions to clients whenever and wherever needed. APRIL differentiates with Stress Less Benefits, which allow policyholders to often avoid going through a claims reimbursement process. Learn more about APRIL Travel Protection at: april-international.com

ABOUT ONLINE VACATION CENTER

Based in Plantation, Florida, Online Vacation Center has provided unprecedented vacation offers to savvy travelers for more than 40 years. Online Vacation Center is one of the country’s largest cruise retailers and has earned top-producer awards from every major cruise line through its commitment to providing excellent customer service and the best values in the travel industry. For more information about Online Vacation Center, visit onlinevacationcenter.com.

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