What Happens if You Get Sick on a Cruise?

Here is a brief article on what to expect if you get injured or sick on a cruise ship. The article offer first hand advice and tips, too.


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We pack a basic first aid kit, have Bonine and Ginger Gravol for sea sickness, and before and after sun lotion to prevent or aid sun burns. Hopefully we will never need to visit the ship's medical facility- especially after hours.

My DH is a retired physician, and he has toured the medical facilities on a few of our cruises. He was impressed with the capabilities and services offered. We also have a good friend that was nurse on Carnival for sometime, before she started her family. I hope I never need any of the services available, but it is comforting to know they are available.

I always pack OTC items I may or may not need so I don't have to pay ship prices for something like allergy meds or Pepto Bismol .....some things you just do not leave home with out.

I was very ill on the Sun Princess with flu and then pneumonia. I received the best medical help I could get on the ship. They were all so knowledgeable and kind, I was amazed. I needed nebulisers, oxygen, X-rays etc. They even gave hubby some Tamiflu so he wouldn't catch my bug! Because I didn't want to stay in the hospital they arranged for me to take oxygen to my room, we received free room service (I was quarantined), a wheelchair and a member of staff to escort me to and from my room twice a day. The ship also refunded all our excursion money even though we had been on one before I became ill. Princess have always been generous.

Danyl got sick on the Imagination, nurse was great, the doc, well, he REALLY reminded me of Bernie Kopell acting as Zegfried from Get Smart playing Dr. Adam Bricker on the Love Boat. Cost wise, it was not that bad, $129 tagged onto our SS card, then when home, we filed with insurance and they repaid the amount. BUT from now on, we will have travel insurance.

I hope that you never have to do so, either. I pack all the essentials, too. So far, neither my husband nor I have had to visit the DR on a cruise. Most passengers never do.

Brian was right about the good care I received on the Imagination! But we also take a well stocked first aid kit with us now. We also get traveller's insurance now .

My husband was always interested in being a dentist on a cruise ship but never really looked into it. I don't think that many ship have a dentist on board.

Doesn't hurt to look into it. They might consider a temporary position to allow the crew check-ups. It at least would be an interesting question for your next "behind the scenes" tour.


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