LizEliz
Contributor Level: Purser

Any Medical facilities available in the Cruise?

Hi there,

My dad is getting weak day by day. I wish I could take him for the cruising after I had a visit to the Blount small ship adventures portal (https://www.blountsmallshipadventures.com. When I was an elementary student dad always say that he will take me for cruising but while I have grown up our economy was bad so we hadn't get a chance to go. Now his health is too bad. I think he will be happy if I had taken him for a trip. But I am little concerned whether the cruise board has any emergency hospital facilities in it. Can they provide medical services during the trip? 

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JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I do not know about Blount but the major cruise lines like Carnival, HAL, Princess, RCI and Celebrity do have a doctor or two and nurses on each ship.  They  are set up of some medical issues but not for anything major,  For major the ship will do its best to stabilize and then transfer to a land based hospital.

 

I would suggest talking to your dad's doctor to see if he is healthy enough to cruise and maybe having a letter from the doctor saying so.   I would also call the cruise line your thinking of going on and asking about the medical on ship.

The major lines do have medical facilities.  My dad had a medical emergency last year while we were sailing and had to go to the facility.  I would absolutely recommend that you get travel insurance that has medical coverage.  The ship charges are ridiculously high. 

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

If your fathers doctors agree, take him on a cruise on one of the larger lines. Purchase extra health insurance and advise the cruise line of the situation. My wife and sisters-in -law took the mother-in-law on a cruise before she passed and they still celebrate the events.

But they did get the extra insurance---the cost for medical on cruise ships is very expensive and they are subcontractors to the lines and bill separately .

AuntPinkie
Contributor Level: Captain

I agree with everything said above plus, check with the special needs department on the ship.  They may have some good advice regarding your Dad's particular situation.  It is only a phone call away from getting all the information you really need.

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

Keep in mind that the medical facilities are only designed to stabilize a patient enough for transport -- they are not meant for normal hospital-type care.

WeCruiseToo
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I don’t think Blount has much beyond emergency medical (i.e. first aid) services, but that’s okay if you’re looking at an itinerary in the US.  In an emergency, an ambulance can meet the ship almost anywhere for transport to the nearest medical facility.

As others have said, the major cruise lines all have emergency medical facilities aboard, but their first priority is always to transfer issues to a shore side facility.

Speak with your father’s doctor, purchase travel insurance, and take him on that family cruise you always talked about.  You won’t regret it.

Happy cruising!

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