has anyone any experience of taking an oxygen consentrator on a cruise. This will be my first time of taking oxgen with me during my cruise. We are traveling by car to the port and will take it to checkin. will they take it off us at checkin & deliver to our cabin or do we keep it with us.
I have done it both ways for my wife.
It is easier to check it with the luggage referring to special handling. Make sure you have a cabin baggage tag on it.
Have available the oxygen prescription in case, a copy will do.
You will also need to contact the cruise line that you are bringing the equipment.
There usually are forms needed to send or fax back to special needs. Contact the cruise line and explain about oxygen and have them turn you over to the department that handles it. Keep a record of those you spoke with and get a direct number and extension.
Copy all the forms once filled out and keep it for your records.
Sea of Cortez on Ryndam 9-28-2005
Round trip Los Angeles to Hawaii, Summit March 26, 2006
Vancouver – Alaska – Los Angeles, Sept 16, 2006 on Summit
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Have traveled with our own concentrator and also have rented concentrators from a company called Care Vacations. We now have a provider that will supply us with a concentrator and portables for cruises originating in the US. They deliver directly to the ship.
When renting, I just have them deliver it to the ship and the ship staff brings it to our cabin together with the C cylinders we use as portables.
I have since purchased a concentrator that we use when we travel and will be taking this on a cruise in the very near future. Have contacted Carnival and their instructions were to return the form to them and have the porters contact someone onboard to bring the concentrator and the cylinders onboard for us. If it were just the concentrator I would probably just tag it and send it thru luggage but I hesitate to do that with the cylinders.
Also be sure to bring a power strip with you. There is only one electrical outlet in the bedroom area, and it is usually by the vanity, so you may need a longer cord to get the concentrator plugged in, esp. for night use. This way you will still have outlets for anything else you need to plug in. We have digital camera batteries, PDA, cell phone and a night light all plugged into ours in addition to the power wheelchair charger.