Originally posted by: CruisingCM
One suggestion about checking with your health care provider: Do your own homework and have the CDC documentation with you for the call/appointment.
Case in point... I traveled to South Africa a couple years ago with my Mum. I went to a specialty travel clinic at a tertiary care center to get the necessary inoculations/ vaccinations/ medication for the trip. I received a number of shots, including yellow fever. On the other hand, Mum went to her primary care who did NOT give her a yellow fever shot. The provider neglected to research or overlooked the notation that anyone traveling through a yellow fever zone was required to get the shot in order to enter South Africa. This rule applied even if a person did not get off the airplane! Subsequently, I had to fax over documentation to her PCP in order for her to administer the proper shot. Had I not persisted in this, my Mum would have either been quarantined or been forced to board a plane returning to the U.S.
Friendly advice - Do your own research and check primary sources (e.g., disease control, country-specific entry requirements).
Don't get me wrong, this forum and the cruise line sites are great for advice and pointing you in the right direction but neither is a primary source for information about entry requirements of each country (or the geographic zone) on any given itinerary. I believe most cruise agreements includes language about passenger responsibility for finding out this information on their own. Not trying to scare you, just impressing the point to do your own research at primary source authorities.