Travel Guard Offers Free Assistance To Greek Cruise Ship Evacuees

STEVENS POINT, Wis., April 6 /PRNewswire/ — AIG Travel Guard announced that it will provide emergency travel services and medical assistance services free to evacuees of the Sea Diamond cruise ship and their families after it ran aground and began taking in water off the Greek Island of Santorini on Thursday, April 5, 2007.

Of the 1,200 passengers aboard, three-quarters are American, including many groups of U.S. college students. The services Travel Guard is offering to those affected include emergency medical arrangements, cash wire transfers from their families, passport replacement, translation services, message relay and emergency travel arrangements, such as airline or hotel reservations, and luggage tracking if items were left on board when they evacuated. Family members seeking these services for their relatives can call Travel Guard’s 24- hour World Service Center at 1-800-826-1300. From Greece, evacuees can call 00800-1809-201-2429.

“We want to do whatever we can to help those involved and have made arrangements to properly staff our travel assistance coordinators to accommodate the stranded American evacuees,” said Dan McGinnity, AIG Travel Guard Vice President.

Travel Guard’s VIP concierge service is currently in the process of tracking down in which hotels evacuees will be lodged and will be sending hotel representatives the toll free number and Web site address where evacuees and relatives can find information about Travel Guard’s free emergency travel services. Travel Guard will also be sending out an e-mail blast to travel agencies and industry partners so they can share the information with their clients who were on board.

AIG Travel Guard is the nation’s largest provider of travel insurance and assistance plans. For more information visit .

AIG Travel Guard is America’s leading provider of travel insurance plans for more than 6 million travelers each year. Travel insurance plans through AIG Travel Guard are distributed by more than 12,000 travel agents across the United States.

AIG Travel Guard is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIG Travel, Inc., a member company of American International Group, Inc. (AIG). AIG, world leaders in insurance and financial services, is the leading international insurance organization with operations in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions. The AIG Companies serve commercial, institutional and individual customers through the most extensive worldwide property-casualty and life insurance networks of any insurer. In addition, the AIG Companies are leading providers of retirement services, financial services and asset management around the world.

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