Before you embark on your cruise, it’s wise to consider your health status. Cruising is generally a low risk mode of travelling but it isn’t recommended for travellers who have a history of serious unstable chronic cardio-vascular disease or pulmonary disorders. Also, women diagnosed with a high risk pregnancy requiring regular monitoring should avoid travelling. Adequate medical care may not be available in these circumstances.
If you’re healthy and well, travelling by cruise ship is a safe and fun way to visit new destinations and meet new people. Below are a few suggestions and items to pack in your bag for your trip.
-Sun – Being on deck and surrounded by water can increase exposure and intensity of the sun. Take a hat,
sunglasses, and sun protection with SPF 30 or higher.
-Take advantage of using hand sanitizer provided to decrease the risk of gastro intestinal and respiratory infections such as influenza.
-Purchasing over the counter medication (eg. Gravol) to combat sea sickness may be useful if you experience motion sickness.
Depending on your destination and any port stop activities you choose, you may need Malaria prophylaxis, vaccines and /or Yellow Fever vaccination and certificate.