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SECURITY AND MEDICAL





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What do I do if I get seasick?

Relatively few passengers get sick. First of all, many of today's larger ships are equipped with stabilizers that take some of the motion out of sea travel. Large ships are less affected by wave motion siply because of their size. Many smaller vessels do not venture out into rought waters where motion can become a problem. But, if you do feel queasy there are some good ways to deal with it.

Since some seasickness remedies have side effects, try the most basic first. If you are feeling seasick, go out on deck and get some fresh air. Eat something light, such as a few crackers, to get something in your stomach. If you still don't feel well, try one of the over-the-counter remedies for motion sickness. It's a good idea to pack one of these medications in your luggage, but the purser's office will have the tablets available. Avoid alcohol when taking these medications.

If motion sickness has been a problem, you might want to see your doctor about a prescription for a seasickness patch. If nothing else works, see the ship's doctor. Be aware that a charge for doing so will be added to your account.

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Is medical care available on board?

Most ships carry a physician and have a small infirmary for minor ailments. In the case of an emergency, dial the help number listed on the cabin telephone. For serious medical conditions, airlift service to the nearest medical facility will be arranged. Check with your medical insurance for coverage limits and procedures.

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Is cruising a problem with many medical conditions?

Check with the cruise line and your travel agent when you book. Arrangements for oxygen use or dialysis can sometimes be made. With advance notice and a doctor's release, you may travel with many conditions. Remember to bring adequate quantities of any prescription medication you need, and always pack your medication in your carry-on luggage if you're flying to the ship. Make sure you check with the line again a few weeks prior to your cruise date to ensure that proper arrangements have been made.

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How secure am I on a cruise?

Cruise ships employ a security staff and you should report any incidents to the purser's office. Most new ships have small safety compartments in the cabin. Safe-deposit boxes are also available at the purser's office. It's a good idea to keep spare cash, jewelry, and personal documents in the safe. Make sure you have photocopies of passports and credit cards in case of theft.

On shore, take the same precautions you would in any large city. Keep jewelry to a minimum and only carry the amount of cash needed for the day. Make sure to carry your boarding pass, a credit card, and some form of identification when in port. In the event that you miss the ship, you wouldn't want to be stranded in a port without these things. It's a good idea to take a couple of different credit cards when traveling, storing one in the safe-deposit box. If one of your cards is lost or stolen, you'll have a backup.

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