This message is to all blood donors in the United States. There are several cruise destinations in the Caribbean that are on the rejected list of places of foreign travel. Specifically, Costa Maya, Mexico, which is one of the stops on the Princess Western Caribbean itinerary, is now on the blood donor reject list because of malaria infection risk.
Early Christmas eve morning, I went to give blood and got REJECTED because we stopped at Costa Maya on our cruise last April. They put you on a one-year deferral making you temporarily ineligible to donate. Although we did go ashore, it apparently doesn't matter if you disembark or not.
If you cruise, the Red Cross personnel suggests that you call ahead with your list of ports of call to see if any of your stops are on the reject list. Here's a quote from the Red Cross Web site... "If you have traveled outside of the United States, your travel destinations will be reviewed to see if you were in a malaria-risk area. It would be most helpful if you came prepared to report the country and city or destinations to which you traveled, as well as the travel dates."
None of the Caribbean islands including the Bahamas are on the reject list except for Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Post Edited (12-27-02 16:02)
Star Princess - 2005; Caribbean Princess - 2004;Golden Princess - 2003;
Grand Princess - 2002, 2001, 2000; Sun Princess - 1998;
Regal Princess - 1996; Star Princess - 1995
My, how the policy has changed over the years! I had just returned from Hong Kong and visited Santo Domingo yet my blood was accepted. I no longer donate as my blood is so rare, and once I received a call at work and the blood bank wanted me to leave work immediately to donate!