Cruise Medicine

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The term cruise medicine refers to your prescription medication; as well as the medication you may need for motion sickness or other cruise related purposes.

It is extremely important that when packing for your cruise, you include a sufficient supply of all medicine you require, especially your prescription medication.

Once you are on board ship, you have no guarantee that you can get the medicine you need.

In addition, any medical services you receive are subject to charges. As you know medical expenses can skyrocket, especially when you are away from home.

Depending on the size of your ship, there are one or two fully licensed doctors and two or perhaps three nurses.

Usually, the doctors on board are independent contractors. They add charges you incur to your shipboard account.

An extremely important point to make is that you should take medication with you in carry-on luggage.

That way, you will have the medicine you need from the time to leave home until you return home.

Once you check your luggage with the airlines, you will not have access to that luggage until delivered to your cabin.

If you need to store insulin, contact the cruise line beforehand (or your cruise agent) to inquire about storage facilities.

You may have to upgrade your stateroom if you want to store the insulin yourself. Some staterooms have mini-bars; which of course has a refrigerator unit.

When it comes to medicine, unlike clothing, this is the time to take extra precaution. For example, it is not a bad idea to take extra medication in the event of unforeseen circumstances that delay your trip home.

Keep Your Cruise Medicine in Their Original Container

Diabetic Travelers: See this Checklist for Diabetic Travelers.

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If you have a concern about motion sickness, contact your own doctor.

Oftentimes, you need to take motion sickness remedies several hours prior to sailing in order to receive the most effective benefit.

Finally, you may want to inquire about insurance to protect against potential medical charges if you should require such services.

Happy Sailing!

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