Just got done donating blood and while I was going over my info, the tech informed me that two of the stops on my up-coming (Belize & Roatan) would prevent me from donating blood for one year after the cruise. I'm glad she told me so I won't have to wait in line, fill out the forms, then be rejected for traveling to places that has certain medical problems. So, for all those who regularly donate blood, it's a good idea to talk with the people at the blood drive to find out if one of your travel destinations is on the CDC list.
And for those that have never donated blood, please consider giving the gift of life. Sorry to sound like a commercial, but the life you save might be a loved one.
thanks eddie for the info. i have been a blood donor for the past several years. i hate the thought of not being able to give for a year!!! so far my journies havent taken me to those places. happy cruising !!!!!!!!!
Wish I had thought of this before waiting for 45 minutes and then getting turned down because I'd visited Labadee last July! Best to check if you've been anywhere out of the Continental U.S. - places in Western Europe and Mexico are also cause for rejection for 12 months following your visit.
Grandeur of the Seas - June 2002
Navigator of the Seas - July 2003
Legend of the Seas - June 2004
fasteddie - God bless you for giving the gift of life. It is something every healthy person should do on a regular basis. I wish our love of travel didn't sometimes disqualify us from donating. I donated regularly for many, many years, until my lupus diagnosis. Now that my doctor says I am stabilized enough to donate again, United Blood Services has me on their permanent reject list! But I have the satisfaction of knowing that for many years I was able to give the gift of life.
Didn't know that about the different ports! Thanks for the heads-up.
Wish I could help give blood, too, I'd be happy to do it, but have two strikes against me: spent too much time in Britain (I guess they are afraid of mad cows), and since I have chronic fatigue syndrome the doctors have advised me against donating since they don't know how it's transmitted. Everyone who can donate, though, should!