Staying Healthy on
The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives this advice to help you stay healthy
and get the most out of your cruise
Regardless of your itinerary, you should be up-to-date on routine
Additional vaccines you'll need
depend on where you'll be stopping
and what you're going to do there.
CDC's general vaccination
recommendations, by country, can be
found on the Travelers' Health
destination pages. If you're stopping in a
country only for a short time, or if
you don't plan to leave the tourist
area around the dock, certain
vaccines may not be necessary.
Colds, Nausea, Diarrhea
The best way to prevent
colds and g.i. problems is frequent handwashing with
soap and water. Wash your hands
before eating and after using the
bathroom, changing diapers, or
touching things that other people
have touched, such as stair
railings. If soap and water are not
available, alcohol-based hand
sanitizer (containing at least 60%
alcohol) is a good second choice.
You will see hand sanitizer
dispensers throughout your cruise
ship -- use them.
shore, especially in
developing countries, follow basic
food and water precautions: eat
only food that is cooked and served
hot, drink only beverages from
sealed containers, avoid ice, and
eat fresh fruit only if you have
washed it with clean water and
peeled it yourself.
are (or think you might be) prone to
seasickness, talk to your doctor
about medicine to decrease your
symptoms. Note that many common
medications (including some
antidepressants, painkillers, and
birth control pills) can worsen the
nausea of seasickness.
information on healthy travel, visit
Travel Health Insurance and
Check with your
regular health insurance company to
see if your policy will cover any
medical care you might need in
another country or on board the
ship. If not, you can purchase
travel health insurance to cover you
during your trip.
Also, your health
insurance might not cover medical
evacuation if you cannot receive
needed treatment where you are.
Evacuation by air ambulance can cost
$25,000–$100,000 and must be paid in
advance by people who do not have
insurance. You can buy medical
evacuation insurance to be sure you
will have access to emergency care.
Compare kinds of travel insurance and rates at Squaremouth to
get the best plan at
the best rates and
to see what works best for you:
Best Travel Insurance
Travel Medicines and Supplies
Click on a category to find travel medicines and supplies to take on your trip
(Note: We also highly recommend ginger capsules for motion sickness.)
Airborne Cold Medicine
(An herbal formula that is good against
Insect Bite Treatments
First Aid Kits
Corticosteriod Creams & Ointments
Earplanes - Pressure Regulation for Air Travel
Don't forget to take your prescription medicines (in their original bottles
for identification at customs).
Carry them by hand not in your luggage in case
your luggage is lost or delayed.
For other meds do a custom search at drugstore.com:
For more travel medical tips see