What you should know about sicknesses on cruises

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2018 | Admiralty & Maritime Law

Relaxing on the deck of a cruise ship in Louisiana waters is many people’s idea of a good time. Vomiting inside a guest cabin, on the other hand, is not. While cruises can be fun, they also confine a lot of people within a small area. Consequently, according to Marketwatch, it is easy for illnesses to spread. While cruises try to handle germ transmission through offering hand sanitizers and providing sinks to wash hands, people can still get sick on a cruise.

Cruise ships have become recently known for the Norwalk virus, a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Additionally, as an article in USA Today explains, people who take cruise trips could catch a cold from a fellow passenger or a case of the flu. Sometimes there may be a problem with the food, as cruise passengers have been known to catch food poisoning as well. The rocking of the boat on the water can also induce sea sickness.

Naturally, if you get sick on a cruise, you should seek medical attention. Cruises will carry a doctor on board, so medical help should be available to you. Some medical help will be cheap or even free. Many cruise ships will provide sea sickness pills to passengers at no cost. Also, a lot of cruises will treat cases of Norwalk for no charge. However, a lot of medical treatment on a ship is quite costly.

To try to combat possible high medical costs on the seas, be sure to take out travel medical insurance before your cruise. Typically, travel medical insurance covers medical expenses while on a cruise, though you should get in touch with your insurer to learn what your policy will cover. Covering all your bases will help ensure your cruise trip does not turn unexpectedly expensive.

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