Well I'm certainly glad that your trip went without a hitch for a change, but I'm so sorry about what happened to your friends!! THANK GOODNESS you talked your group into getting Travelex travel insurance. Sometimes people get so caught up in the excitement of a trip that they forget that they might need international medical insurance just in case something happens.
It's a good thing we had the 24/7 Travel Assistance services for your group too. I for one know that if I were in a foreign country I wouldn't know where to turn to for the right care if they weren't backing me up. I've heard all sorts of stories of people without trip insurance getting inadequate care when they're unsure of where to turn. Our emergency assistance provider is really terrific at coordinating with hospitals and ambulance services to locate facilities for you and to make sure you get there safely. And you're right, the hospital in the small village might have been ok, but why chance it when our team was able to get him to a modern facility with the equipment and treatment he needed.
I hope Estelle and Stewart know that Travelex protection plan benefits would last beyond the last days of the cruise if they had to stay. Can't wait to hear what you and Frank have planned next. Keep us posted, disaster or not. We love hearing about your adventures!