Getting Sick on a Cruise

We've been getting lots of good responses to our new article on what happens when you get sick on a ship:

Have you ever visited a cruise ship Doctor or Medical Center?

Tags: Infirmary Medical

18 Answers

When Monique and I were on the Canopy/Rainforest tour in Panama, Monique brushed up against a fern like bush on the ride. When we got back on board the area showed quite red and blotchy. We went to the infirmary and the nurse there was quite incredible. She explained that if Monique was treated there it would cost about $250.00 for an ointment that was available at the Elermis Product display at the Spa. Apparently the oil that we regularly buy and order from Elermis would work wonders on a minor skin irritation. It did and no other treatment was needed. The one and only time a visit to the clinic was warranted.

This is why I always get travel insurance... for the few bucks the piece of mind is worth it.

Someone ran over my foot with a wheelchair ... was afraid it was broken ... went to infirmary but by then I was pretty sure it was just badly bruised. They wrapped it in an antique looking piece of gauze (not a normal ace bandage) and charged me $18.95! Can't imagine what an xray would have cost let alone a cast.

Early in our cruising history, my DH (who is a M.D.) was able to tour the medical facility. He was very impressed with all that can be done on board. Fortunately, we have never needed to make use of the infirmary.

I've been lucky enough to be able to avoid that section of the shipHappy

**Knocks on wood** Have not had to visit the infirmary or hela-vac off the ship.

We've had a couple health snafus in our years of cruising. The medical center has been quite thorough and helpful to keeping our vacation on track. Also, we carry a few things that are specific to our health issues. If needed, we have advance plans which our providers approved. We don't bother contacting the MC unless those fail.
Just a suggestion: People with a chronic condition should talk to their provider about an action plan for flares and other common issues that may arise while away from home. Also, be sure to bring an extra supply of medication. A supply of blood glucose monitor supplies and glucose wafers, a supply of prednisone, a urinary catheter and/or other supplies or equipment may make a big difference in avoiding an urgent / emergent situation.

I always carry an extra Inhaler for emergency breathing issues.

I 2nd that!

We haven't had to use the facility yet, and we buy extra travel/health insurance in case we do.

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