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Old April 26th, 2007, 08:49 AM
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My parents will be joining me on a cruise in October on the Liberty. They have an outside/window cabin booked. My dad suffers from sleep apnea, and he uses an oxygen machine at night while sleeping, which needs to be plugged in to an outlet. My last cruise was in '05 on the Victory, and I don't recall there being an outlet near the bed. If anyone's reading this who has been on the Liberty and can let me know if there will be a relatively easy way to "hook him up" at night, that would be great. (And yes, I figure I can always call Carnival, but was wondering if anyone else out there has expereinced the same issue). Thanks much for any info you can send my way!
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Wow! A oxygen machine? How bad is the apnea?
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My husband also uses the C-Pap machine. We brought a short extension cord to make it easier to plug in the machine. There is a single outlet on across the room. THe original cord would reach as long as I slept on the window side of the bed but the extension cord made it easier for me to cross the room without worrying that I might trip over the cord.
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Ah, that makes sense (the extension cord). Thanks for the reply, dmac. I'll be sure to add that to our packing list (will October EVER get here?!)

Cassandra, the apnea was bad enough that the resulting lack of oxygen was affecting his energy level and thought process. We're thankful for the technology available to help diagnose the problem, and also ease it! :-)
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We're just off "Liberty", and had a family reunion. One of my brothers also uses a C-Pap machine which has to be plugged in. He had to go to the pursers office and borrow an extension cord for the duration of the cruise in order to plug in the machine. No problem. It would probably be easier to bring your own however. Hope you have a great cruise aboard "Liberty". I know we did!

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Bringing along an extension cord is a good idea for anyone, the only electrical outlet in the room is located on the wall where the TV and storage units are. I also pack a small, multiple outlet plug in adapter (especially if I'm traveling with another female)....it allows both people to plug in a hair dryer and curling iron at the same time. The outlet in the bathroom is only for electric shavers. My daughter always brings a small fan with her and my grandson brings his portable DVD player which requires charging.
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My DH also sleeps with a C-Pap machine. We took a short power strip, but I wanted to keep the "plugs" nearby. We asked our cabin steward for an extension cord, which he got for us right away. My DH won't go anywhere without his machine, and keeps it by his side during embarkation and disembarkation! Sweet dreams!
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An extention cord is in hubby's travel C-PAP bag at all times (he has 2 units...one for home and one for travel).

He does not use a real "small one" though because sometimes it has to go across an entire hotel room. You would be surprised where some hotels put their plugs.
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Yes, Im thinking I will need to take mine on our Sept cruise as well.
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I have found that the cord on my c pap machine is long enough, but I also carry an extension cord. I never sleep without my machine, I know what a difference it makes in how well I sleep.
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Does the Liberty have a clock in the room? Most ships don't. But I do have a travel alarm clock to bring.
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Thank god for the c-pap machines!!!! Marriage savers.
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On my last cruise-I called ahead-was told outlets were only on one side or room and no extension cords available...brought one with me and..now I keep one packed with machine----
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I don't use my C-PAP anymore but I still have it. (Benefit of weight loss) An extension cord with multiple outlets is always in the carrying case. Put an extension cord and keep it in the carrying case and never take it out other than for use with the C-PAP.

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We just returned from the Liberty last week. My Mom in the room next to our room had a breathing machine (after reading all these posts I am in shock that so many people have these machines) she ended up going to the main desk and for a $25 returnable deposit they gave her an extension cord to use. Next time she will bring one herself.

Someone asked about alarm clocks. No there is no clocks in the room but if you need a wake up call you can program the phone to do it.
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Ditto to MikeM's post. My wife also has a c-pap that she takes on board.
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I have sleep apnea too. And I forgot to bring an extension cord (an oversight)for the ONLY outlet in the balcony cabin of the Sensation last March to hook my Bipap machine and humidifier machine. Please let your travel agent know beforehand so he can inform and act on this by informing the purser ahead of time to add a cord to the room. I believe they (Carnival) will do that too. I was able to plug in both machines bipap and humidifier. Believe it or not, it even helped me fight off the little seasickness on the first day.

I had to rent one out until the end of the cruise because of my negligence to inform them beforehand.

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Thank you so much for all of your information and advice. We'll be well-prepared for October! :-)
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Okay....so I KNOW that all questions have been answered, but I could NOT resist posting!

I am your friendly neighborhood marriage saver......aka......Respiratory Therapist/Sleep Tech!!!!!

AND my DH also uses CPAP! Saved my OWN!!!

Like everyone else has said, ALWAYS carry an extension cord!!

One night without being able to wear the CPAP.....and you'll regret it! Will ruin your vacation!! Tired, TIred TIRED!! --for both of ya!! Cause the bedpartner won't be able to sleep either....from the snoring!!!

CPAP is not only a marriage saver, but a life saver!!! (No matter how ugly it is!!!)
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