GETTING SICK IN A FOREIGN PORT IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR LIFE

https://www.cruiselawnews.com/2021/08/articles/disease/passenger-infected-with-covid-19-on-carnival-vista-and-abandoned-by-carnival-in-belize-dies-after-returning-to-u-s/

The story speaks for itself. Awhile back I posted about an experience we had I think it was Roatan, but it WAS a long time ago..we had just started cruising a few years before, and had never seen an emergency evac. No not the sexy kind with a helo,,,just your run of the mill passenger being rolled down the gangway on a gurney to a waiting ambulance....and there they stood...a bunch of white suited "officers" from the cruise line (I think it was NCL) and a bunch of other white suits from the ambulance, and the poor soul on the gurney....and there they continued to mill around, yapping on an assortment of cell phones and radios. ......a good 1/2 hour, at least. After awhile my wife and I really wanted to know what what was going on...A more experienced cruiser explained they were "negotiating over the hospital bill"........CAVEAT EMPTOR.....

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This is why many people have travel insurance (not just cruise insurance). It saddens my this person has passed, but I plan to go kicking and screaming or having a grand ole time. She wasn't much older than I am.

It's always good to get travel insurance for that reason. A prime example happened while I was on a cruise with my family and I was about 7 years old, We were in the MDR when this happened:

Me: *notices milk in glass tilting towards center of table* Mommy, why is my milk tilting?

Mom: I don't know

Dad: *to waiter* What's going on?

Waiter: Medical emergency so we're heading back to St. Martin/Maartin.

Next day at dinner:

Dad: Was everything ok with the medical emergency?

Waiter: No, a passenger died of a heart attack while on the tender on the way to the hospital.

About 20 years later, we're on the Celebrity Summit and the Captain comes on the intercom saying that we have a medical emergency and will be travelling in circles as we wait for the arrival of the Coast Guard. We rush down to our cabin (an ocean view cabin) to see if we can see anything. We saw the crew roll out the helipad and the Coast Guard landing a helicopter on the bough of the ship...they flew right by my window! As it turns out, they were air lifting 2 crew members and a passenger back to the States with non-life threatening injuries.

Yes, those are prime examples of what can happen, but at least they were being cared for, instead of being negotiated over, like a commodity...........the "rules" in most countries I have been in can vary from "almost" the same as here (but not quite) to the utterly absurd by our standards...I find it hard to believe she was "abandoned" as the headlines screamed......but i don't doubt for a minute she might've lived had that incident happened here...

One thing I found interesting is even if you have travel insurance, make darn sure they don't exclude COVID from coverage. It looks like some insurance companies are excluding COVID from travel insurance.

https://www.cruiselawnews.com/2021/08/articles/disease/cruise-passenger-in-bad-shape-in-hospital-in-belize/

Aren't you sailing on the Vista in Nov? Is your cruise stopping in Belize?

In many countries you are taking your life in your hands being admitted to a local medical facility. And that is not counting needing insurance up front or a big credit card. Still planning on doing my trips (barring the anti-cruisers shutting us down again), and have coverage on all of them.

Yep, and again in Feb....unless......but Ocho Rios, Cayman, Cozumel....chances of us getting off the ship are nil and nil...been to all these places.....several times....we just enjoy the cruise for the cruise...unless....they make it impossible to do so...then.........

The only thing that will stop me from getting on board in december is a shutdown. I even told my wife that I'll take my cousin, or one of the guys from the firehall if she wont go. Big Smile

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