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Old March 15th, 2011, 02:51 PM
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My husband and I are taking our first-ever cruise in May (NCL Spirit, from New Orleans). He is diabetic. He has a micro-fridge to keep his insulin chilled in our room, but will need to re-freeze a freezer pack nightly to carry when off the ship. (I'm assuming there is no fridge/freezer in the tiny staterooms.)

How do people handle this? I doubt there's a public freezer anywhere. Do we make friends with kitchen staff or what? Sticking the freezer pack into an ice bucket won't re-freeze it. I'm sure we are not the first to have this issue, but I haven't seen it addressed anywhere.

Thanks for any advice!
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Old March 15th, 2011, 06:17 PM
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Hi all!

My husband and I are taking our first-ever cruise in May (NCL Spirit, from New Orleans). He is diabetic. He has a micro-fridge to keep his insulin chilled in our room, but will need to re-freeze a freezer pack nightly to carry when off the ship. (I'm assuming there is no fridge/freezer in the tiny staterooms.)

How do people handle this? I doubt there's a public freezer anywhere. Do we make friends with kitchen staff or what? Sticking the freezer pack into an ice bucket won't re-freeze it. I'm sure we are not the first to have this issue, but I haven't seen it addressed anywhere.

Thanks for any advice!
just notify the special needs department prior to sailing and explain the situation and they will handle it. By the way, the SPirit does not have refridges in the cabins, but you can request one for this reason. Again, notify the special needs dept.

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Old March 16th, 2011, 04:47 PM
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Hello Kelswood, My wife is diabetic on insulin and we have been on two cruises that had bar fridges but she did not use them. She simply stored the insulin in our cabin at room temperature with no problems but she would discard the remainder when we arrived home.We were on seven day cruise both times.It may depend on the type of insulin you use so it may be best to see your doctor.

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Hello:
I am a diabetic, and have been on several cruises without problems. On NCL Norway, went to the Medical Office and stored my medicine in their fridge.
On Celebrity Summit for 14-nights, used the minibar fridge. On a Danube cruise, stored my medicine in the fridge in the bar. On NCL Mercury I had a minibar fridge brought to cabin. NCL even gave me a small plastic "Sharp Safe" to store my used needles.

Just talk to the cruise line before hand (several days ahead) and they will take care of your needs.

Get a note from your doctor listing your meds. Wear a MediAlert bracelet or necklace. Carry a card in your wallet or purse listing your meds.

Enjoy your cruise.

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