Have you or anyone one traveling with you needed medical attention on a cruise?

If you needed medical attention, were you or anyone traveling with you satisfied with the assistance you received? Was there a doctor who saw you or a nurse? Did you wait long?  Was treatment successful.  Was the cost justified?

Tags: ship's medical attention

15 Answers

I have never needed medical attention on a cruise but I have read about others who had conflicting experiences - some excellent, some poor. Some weren't charged, others complained about the high cost.

All I can say on this subject is buy Medical Insurance, because if you need help it will cost big $$

Our health plan covers us wherever we travel. It is not cheap, of course, but gives us peace of mind.

Been on a lot of cruises...needed help a few times.

One time, pulled a muscle in my calf playing volley ball on a beach. Was given pain medication and got it strapped up and loaned a cane. No charge.

Clinic was very friendly and accommodating. Saw a female doctor (or nurse, not sure).

Another time, a shiipmate was having a hear attack and the ship arranged for a life star helicopter to pick him up at sea and get him to a hospital. So they are ready for any emergencies.....I'm sure it was costly, but probably saved his life.

Simple things like seasickness, colds, minor injuries all seem to be taken care of without cost. In some cases, RX's were filled for people who ran out or lost their medication, but I'm sure the pharmacy only has the common prescriptions in stock.

Thanks for all your information. Good to know and hopefully I will never need to use the medical services on board.

How reassuring that few passengers actually need medical help on a cruise.

I have a healthcare background so may be a bit more critical of the services than a layperson. A few thoughts...

Both my husband and I have been treated in the infirmary/medical center. Treatment was appropriate, relatively prompt, and in accordance with the standard of care for each given condition. That said, visits to the medical center were NEVER free (on the mainstream cruise lines on which we travel). Some expenses have been reimbursed by our health insurer (depending on the deductible of the policy). We consider that these visits have been money well spent and do not regret accessing the clinic in the least.

Your thoughts are highly respected because of your background. I hope that I never have a need for medical attention but it is nice to know that you found the care appropriate. We are heading on a very long cruise and medical care is always a concern especially as we get older.

It is hard to believe that so few of us have needed medical attention. And those that did were satisfied. Anyone else care to mention their experience?

Yes, I had to go to the infirmary on a Celebrity cruise. I was in severe pain. I had multiple fractures to my sacrum (didn't know it at the time). They examined me, gave me two injections in my hip/back and gave me a wheelchair. As I was lying there in pain, I kept wondering what this was going to cost. Well, the bill was for $140. That's less than what my GP charges.


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