Q We keep hearing about mass sickness aboard cruise ships. Do you have any tips about not falling victim?

A You can catch norovirus by touching infected handrails or doorknobs. So you need to make sure that you clean your hands often (I carry around a small bottle of antibacterial gel). Cruise lines have been vigilant about containing this virus, installing gel dispensaries throughout the ships and forbidding guests to refill their water bottles from public fountains and dispensers.

Q My family is interested in traveling to Ireland this summer. Which month would be cheapest?

A Summer is high season, and prices for flights spike. For lower rates, you need to travel offseason. If you're determined to travel during the summer, go either early or late in the season.

Q I'm looking for an overnight locale to take my 90-year-old father, who lives in the Miami area. I'm not a sun worshiper, so we need activities like museums.

A Palm Beach, Fla., is beautiful. I love the Flagler Museum in the railroad magnate's former mansion, Whitehall. The Four Arts Botanical Gardens are lovely. Even if you didn't stay at the Breakers, you could have tea or lunch there, just for the experience. It's an incredible hotel.

Q I'm required to get travel insurance for a safari, but it's only the last stage of a multileg trip. Is it possible to get insurance just for one part of the trip?

A Contact an agent to discuss the best coverage for your needs. Check out InsureMyTrip.com for options. The tour operator/safari company might also have a plan.


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Q We're thinking about storing our luggage at a train or bus station in Amsterdam for a day at the end of a river cruise. Do you think our luggage will be safe?

A I don't think we can answer this with 100 percent certainty one way or the other. I'd feel comfortable using a locker. But don't leave anything valuable in your stored luggage.

Today's column comes from The Washington Post travel staff.