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Old April 26th, 2003, 11:54 PM
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Default Dialysis Cruises

My sister is a dialysis patient and I would like to go on a dialysis cruise with her. Has anyone ever been on one? How different is it from other cruises? Anybody know anything about this?? Thanks.
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Old May 17th, 2003, 04:06 PM
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Hi, I to am a Dialysis patient. So far I have only gone a Cruise To Nowhere & another this July. I am planning my own cruise to Fla. & Bahamas. Her Social Worker should be of some help. HA. There are Dialysis Cruises,
Abit expensive, aside from the Cruise,.

each treatment can run $ 425.00 - $ 450.00 There are two agency's one is
(1) Dialysis at Sea
(2)Medical Travel, Inc. 1-800-778-7953
If it is possible, it is much easier to leave from a Port closest to you. I hope this helps. Good luck !
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Old July 27th, 2003, 10:52 PM
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Default Re: Re: Dialysis Cruises

I was on the Holland America Maasdam in 2001 and they had a dialysis unit onboard. I met the doctor and his wife one evening and he said he had 3 patients, all of whom were doing very well. By the way, it was a 10 day , Southern Caribbean cruise, so you might not be limited to short cruises. Check with Holland America -not sure if this is an unusual arrangement or if there are several ships offering this service.

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Old September 9th, 2003, 11:16 AM
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Hi Debbie -
my husband was a dialysis patient for six years - once we left NY on a 2-day cruise to nowhere, with dialysis before and after the trip - another time we actually had him dialyzed during out port day - at a clinic in Maine on our Portland call -
the problem I found with dialysis at sea was that it wasn't reimbursable by ins or medicare -
good luck -
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Old November 30th, 2003, 01:03 PM
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Dialysis @ Sea is expensive b/c they take advantage of renal patients- not only do they (over) charge for dialysis treatment, they make you book your cruise through them as well and they only charge rack rate for the cruise (which means no discounts). Anyone in the same room as the patient is also subject to paying the rack rate. What a horrible scam!! Dialysis patients would be well advised to skip Dialysis @ Sea and just find out which ports they stop in have dialysis units to make arrangements there.

Hope this helps!
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Old April 26th, 2004, 11:57 PM
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We ate dinner every night with a patient. We were on the Zandam.
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