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Old January 5th, 2012, 09:13 PM
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My wife and I would like to get away from the cold weather.Since retirement we have been trying decide how to reward ourselves and I think; we have decided on a cruise. One problem we are concerned about is what kind of health facilities are available. We both have health concerns and need medications.
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Old January 6th, 2012, 04:16 AM
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The very first thing you do is make sure you book travel insurance. We do every time we cruise. There are always things that can happen besides health issues.
Major Cruiselines have a clinic and usually a doctor and a nurse.
Keep your medications in your possession at all times. Do not put them in checked luggage even on the ship.
If either of you needs a lot of help, bring someone along. Do not think you can count on help from a doctor or nurse on board to manage your health problems. That is not their purpose. I hope you are both in fairly good health. There seems to be a fair amount of people who use electric scooters and other aids such as walkers.
If you are unsure of your abilities talk to your vacation planner.
You can have a great time even if your health isn't 100%.
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Although the medical dept can deal with all types of problems, I wouldn't count on them for assistance unless it were a true emergency. I really believe their purpose on board is only to stabilize a patient until they can return to a facility at home or one of the islands (but that would be my last choice unless it truly was an emergency.)
Also the cost of any treatment on the ship will have to be paid to them in full & will be much higher than any land facility so be sure to get a receipt to submit for your insurance company if you do utilize them.
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I would talk to my Doctors if I were you & consider the advice they give.
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Most cruise lines have an assistance department. Contact them regarding your needs. Some might be easily accommodated others not so much.
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