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Introduction!1

About me !4

About cruise lines !7

1. Carnival Corporation!7

1.1 Carnival Cruise Lines!7

1.2 AIDA Cruises!8

1.3 Costa Cruises!8

1.4 Cunard Line!8

1.5 Holland America Line!8

1.6 Ibero Cruceros!8

1.7 P&O Cruises!8

1.9 Princess Cruises!9

1.10 The Yachts of Seabourn!9

1.11 Windstar Cruises!9

2. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd!9

2.1 Royal Caribbean International!9

2.2 Azamara Club Cruises!10

2.3 Celebrity Cruises!10

3. Norwegian Cruise Line!11

3.1 Norwegian Cruise Line!11

3.2 Star Cruises – caters for the Australasian market.!11

3.3 Oceania Cruises!11

3.4 Regent Seven Seas Cruises!11

4. MSC cruises !11

5. Disney Cruise Line !12

6. Fred Olsen!12

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7. Crystal Cruises!12

Cruise Themes !13

1. Expedition cruises!14

1.1 Lindblad Expeditions!14

1.2 Quark Expeditions!14

1.3 Hapag-Lloyd Cruises!14

1.4 Aurora Expeditions!14

1.5 Oceanwide Expeditions!14

1.6 Cruise.co.uk!14

2. Coastal cruises!14

2.1 Norwegian Fjords!14

2.2 Cruise.co.uk!14

2.3 cruisedirect!14

3. River cruises !14

3.1 Cruise.co.uk!14

3.2 Viking river cruises!14

3.3 AmaWaterways!14

3.4 AvalonWaterways!14

3.5 Nile cruises!14

4. Trans Atlantic crossings!15

4.1 Cruise.co.uk!15

4.2 cruisedirect!15

4.3 co-operative travel!15

4.4 expedia.com!15

Online DIY Dangers !16

About travel agents!18

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1. UK regulating authorities!18

1.1 Passenger Shipping Association (PSA)!18

1.2 Leading Cruise Agents (aka Guild of Professional Cruise Agents)!18

1.3 Association of cruise experts (ACE)!18

1.4 Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)!18

1.5 Air Travel Organizersʼ Licensing (ATOL)!18

1.6 International Air Transport Association (IATA)!18

2. USA regulating authorities!18

2.1 Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)!18

2.2 National Association of Cruise Oriented Agencies (NACOA)!18

2.3 National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents (NACTA)!18

3. Discussion topics !19

3.1 Is your travel agent credentialed?!20

3.2 Can your online quote be beaten?!20

3.3 What are the hidden ticket costs?!20

3.4 What are the common on board hidden costs?!20

3.5 What is the cruise line loyalty program perks?!20

3.6 How to find cheap cruises?!20

3.7 What are your preferred cruise season?!21

3.8 What are the travel safety and security requirements?!21

3.9 What kind of ship would suit you best?!21

3.10 Which cabin would suit you best?!21

3.11 What about the view?!22

3.12 Are you prone to motion sickness?!22

3.13 What about Noro virus?!22

3.14 Do you have any dietary requirements?!22

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3.15 What health requirements do you have?!23

3.16 Do you need a safe for valuables?!23

Conclusion!24

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Introduction

There are many reasons why you’ve stumbled upon my website

or by default - this eBook. By pure accident?

Perhaps.There you are, just surfing along… here for a moment, and then you’re gone.

But wait! Before you go, please click that bookmark tab at the top of your web browser and save me under your favorite sites, will you? Please make a note: this is the site to visit next time when planning a trip, holiday or adventure.

I don’t believe in random acts of fate. Everything has a reason and will impact on our lives - be it now or later. This eBook and my website will make your travels easier and more enjoyable.

And that’s the reason why you’re reading this eBook.

Which brings me to the strange title of this eBook: ”Essential

Travel Health Tips for Cruise Ship Trips - How To Choose Your

Travel Agent.”

Those familiar with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) will recognize it immediately for what it is: a key word based title that will hopefully lead to a place on the first page of Google, Yahoo, etc. - where I can reach as many people as possible through my website and eBooks. My hope is to help passengers avoid the common travel pitfalls and have their best holiday ever!

And you can help. If you like what you read, then please pass it

on to friend.

Is it possible though? Can a Travel Agent adversely affect your health? Of course!

What do you think happens to your blood pressure when your cruise holiday is circling the drain? It shoots through the roof!

Is that healthy for you? Of course not!

And is it conceivable that a Travel Agent might just feature somewhere in your cruise holiday plans and could possibly contribute to your unhappiness?

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Luckily though, in the majority of cases, Travel Agents are not the usual culprits. To the contrary: 80 percent of cruises are booked through Travel Agents. A cruise passenger in trouble is much more likely to regret not following the travel agent’s advise or not consulting one to begin with.

We hope to escape the misfortunes and disappointments of every day life when we close that front door and jump into the packed car. Off for a holiday!

As we slap that airline ticket down on the check-in counter do we ever wonder, “What can go wrong now?”

Standing in the queue, waiting to board, looking up at that immense cruise ship, do we perhaps sigh with premature relief?

“Made it! Paradise, here I come!”

Remember, Old Murphy will always be there too. Invisible.

Silently brooding…scowling at the exuberant laughter of excited kids - smirking in secret anticipation of the havoc to come…How do you know he’s not taking a turn in the copilot’s seat today?

Are you sure there is not a hurricane brooding in the Caribbean even as you cross the gangplank onto that big, beautiful cruise ship?Surfing the Net, you’ll soon experience information overload and analysis paralysis. 30 000 cruises and 2000

worldwide destinations, hundreds of travel websites and insurance options—where to begin?!

First step: get yourself a copy of a reputable cruise guidebook.

Cruising & Cruise Ships, 2011 by Douglas Ward would be an excellent choice. Douglas granted me one of his very rare interviews in early 2011 when we met in England. What a pleasure it was to meet this gentleman of the seas in the delightful

Westover Hall Hotel in Milford-on-Sea, a beautiful seaside resort on the English South Coast.

Douglas has done it all. He started his career back in 1965 on

Cunard’s RMS Queen Elizabeth, at 83 673 tons, then the largest cruise ship afloat. (Compare that to Royal Caribbean’s

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latest, the Allure of the Seas , weighing in at a staggering 222500

tons—almost three times as large! (The Allure is 2 inches longer than her twin, the Oasis of the Seas - making The Allure currently the largest cruise ship in the world.) Over the next 17 years, Douglas worked for eight different cruise companies and bowed out on a high note as a cruise director. In total, he’s spent more than 5000 days at sea and is in his own class completing almost 150 trans-Atlantic crossings. And he’s still at it. For almost 200

days a year he’s at sea pursuing his first love: cruising and cruise ships.

I like his book because he asks the right questions and gives sound advice. Somewhere among its 720 pages and 285 profiled vessels, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

There are many factors to consider when planning a trip. Your health is but one of them - albeit a very important one. For if there’s one complication that will change your budget in a heartbeat, then it’s an unplanned illness, accident or injury. It’s a tragedy, as many of these unforeseen medical costs could have been avoided. So pour yourself a glass of red wine tonight, sit back and leisurely ruminate about all of the things that can go wrong. Put your plans in place before you start your journey. You won’t regret it - it will prevent a lot of pain later.

As traveling doctor, I’ve amassed an armamentarium of practical tricks and tips that will make anyone’s traveling easier. I want to share this knowledge and that is the motivation behind creating my site.

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About me

I’m Christoph Lombard - a traveling medical

doctor.

Medicine is my passport. It opens doors into

worlds that are off the beaten tourist track.

Practicing medicine may not be the most

glamorous of professions any more, but it certainly still has its perks. One of them

being the ability to travel and work all over the world on both land and sea. The skills that allow us doctors and nurses to unlock the secrets of the human condition, also allow us to unlock the secrets of other peoples hearts and homes.

To us, everybody is pretty much the same. Even though our languages, cultures, religions and colors may differ, we all bleed the same red-we all suffer the same agonies. Kindness, compassion and friendship are a universal language understood by all...

“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can read.” Mark Twain.

I trained as medical student in the public hospitals of South Africa. (These are the kind of hospitals you’ll find in a war zone -

where even today doctors can be raped and killed at work - or Oxygen supplies sabotaged.) The life saving skills I absorbed back then, now allow me to help others wherever I find myself practicing in the world. My own experiences were taken to the next level by fellow South African, Dr Jonathan Kaplan - war surgeon and author:There is no doubt that in SA there was this

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unusual combination of First World medical training in a Third

World environment. So you saw a lot of trauma and it made us

good at dealing with it. And, partly, it gave you the confidence of

knowing that if you have to deal with something you will. You

may not be able to call on a skilled senior.’

If you’d like to find out more about this fascinating man, then I highly recommend his two books: “The dressing station” and

“Contact wounds”

We like to think that everything changes when we move on to a new place, only to find that nothing has changed. As an Accident and Emergency doctor, I still have to duck the same cocktail of blood, guts and tears, even in the UK’s first world NHS (National Health Service) hospitals. But in South Africa’s public hospitals, that mix sometimes contains solids of a more toxic nature – like flying bullets! And ducking then saves more than just your shoes…what interesting skills medicine teaches its practitioners?

Traveling has always been in my blood, ever since I was a student hitch hiking across South Africa and neighboring

Namibia.

Years later, as doctor, I found myself in some other out of the way places too. I’ve felt the oppressive humidity and oven heat of the sweltering Indonesian jungle, hundreds of miles from the nearest hospital and desperately dependent on our nearest small airport,

Babo. It is a forgotten little jungle strip where wreckage of WWII Japanese bombers still litters the undergrowth at the end of the runway.

I’ve felt the biting cold of Russian ice fields too. Sakhalin Island

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has its own community of expatriate workers and their families and doctors are needed to take care of them.

But most relevant to this site, is my periodic work as cruise ship doctor. Sometimes, on these ships, I hold the hand of a luckless passenger amidst the wreckage of a ruined cruise holiday. It is then that I ask myself, “How could this have been prevented?

What can I do to keep someone else from being trapped in the same nightmare?”

And from that background, this site was born. Whether you’re a greenhorn just spreading your wings or an old sea-dog with hundreds of cruises behind you, I hope that all of you will find value here: practical travel health tips for whatever holiday, trip or adventure you’re planning. I want you to avoid the sickbay and enjoy your best cruise holiday ever. After all, traveling should be fun!

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About cruise lines

Back in the day, booking through the cruise line itself was the only option available. Today though, almost 80% of bookings are made through travel agents. Once again I wish to direct you to Douglas Ward’s Cruising & Cruise Ships, 2011. All of the cruise

lines, destinations, options and ships are analyzed in detail in this book. I cannot hope to cover the same volume on this website and will be referring to it frequently.

Here follow links to many cruise lines and travel agents which may save you a lot of time when booking a cruise holiday.

Otherwise, skip to the next section, Cruise Themes.

1. Carnival Corporation

This conglomerate is by far the biggest player in the cruise market today. Carnival Cruise Lines, the flagship, was founded in 1972. Today it is the largest and most successful cruise line in the world. You’ll recognize a Carnival ship by its T-shaped funnel.

Let’s take a look at the whole of this cruise line family.

1.1 Carnival Cruise Lines

cruise.co.uk

cruisedirect

ThomasCook

expedia.com

co-operative travel

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1.2 AIDA Cruises

AIDA.com

1.3 Costa Cruises

costacruise.com

cruise.co.uk

cruisedirect

co-operative travel

expedia.com

ThomasCook

1.4 Cunard Line

cunard

cruise.co.uk

cruisedirect

co-operative travel

expedia.com

ThomasCook

1.5 Holland America Line

hollandamerica.com

cruisedirect

expedia.com

ThomasCook

1.6 Ibero Cruceros

iberocruceros

1.7 P&O Cruises

p&ocruises.com

co-operative travel

ThomasCook

1.8 P&O Cruises Australia

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1.9 Princess Cruises

princess.com

cruisedirect

co-operative travel

expedia.com

ThomasCook

1.10 The Yachts of Seabourn

seabourn.com

cruise.co.uk

ThomasCook

1.11 Windstar Cruises

windstarcruises.com

cruise.co.uk

cruisedirect

ThomasCook

2. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

This is the second biggest player with five cruise lines incorporated. Royal Caribbean International is the first in this family – first established in 1969.

2.1 Royal Caribbean International

cruise.co.uk

cruisedirect

co-operative travel

expedia.com

ThomasCook

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2.2 Azamara Club Cruises

azamaraclubcruises.com

cruise.co.uk

cruisedirect

co-operative travel

expedia.com

ThomasCook

2.3 Celebrity Cruises

celebritycruises.com

cruise.co.uk

cruisedirect

co-operative travel

expedia.com

ThomasCook

2.4 Pullmantur Cruises

pullmantur

cruise.co.uk

2.5 Croisieres de Frances (CDF)

croisieresdefrance

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3. Norwegian Cruise Line

This is the third largest cruise line in the world. It’s jointly owned by Genting Hong Kong and Apollo Management.

3.1 Norwegian Cruise Line

cruise.co.uk

cruisedirect

co-operative travel

expedia.com

ThomasCook

3.2 Star Cruises – caters for the Australasian market.

starcruises.com

3.3 Oceania Cruises

oceaniacruises.com

cruise.co.uk

3.4 Regent Seven Seas Cruises

rssc.com

cruise.co.uk

ThomasCook

4. MSC cruises

This is the 4th largest cruise line in the world.

msccruises.com

cruise.co.uk

cruisedirect

co-operative travel

ThomasCook

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5. Disney Cruise Line

This line is renown for its family cruise holidays.

Disney Cruises

cruisedirect

expedia.com

6. Fred Olsen

This is a family owned UK based company.

cruise.co.uk

co-operative travel

ThomasCook

7. Crystal Cruises

This is a Japanese owned LA based company.

cruise.co.uk

co-operative travel

ThomasCook

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Cruise Themes

There are many different kinds of cruises. Most of us are familiar with the Alaskan and Caribbean runs - typically on one of the big players ships. But not everybody has done it as part of a nude or gay cruise!

“Is it possible?”, you ask.

“Of course!”

You can either pursue your theme interests as part of a regular cruise or as part of a group booking on a specific theme cruise.

Ever considered a charismatic church cruise? It’s also fun - but in a different kind of way. (It’s unexpectedly stressful for the crew as many aren’t Christians and don’t necessarily want to be converted. A bit of a problem on a ship - where there is no escape and hospitality still has to be shown to the guests - even if they want to bash you with a Bible, so to speak. By comparison, it’s just so much easier looking after a bunch of jolly, naked people who only want to get sloshed and have fun!)

It’s true - there are theme cruises for every taste and interest.

These niche markets are further explored in depth in Douglas Ward’s book Cruising & Cruise Ships, 2011 .

Those interested in a more profound, interactive learning experience, why not head for the Arctic, Antarctic and other exotic destinations as part of an expedition cruise?

Let’s take a look at some popular theme cruises:

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1. Expedition cruises

Lars-Eric Lindblad put expedition cruising on the map with the

Lindblad Explorer in the 60's. Here are some other well known operators in this niche market:

1.1 Lindblad Expeditions

1.2 Quark Expeditions

1.3 Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

1.4 Aurora Expeditions

1.5 Oceanwide Expeditions

1.6 Cruise.co.uk

2. Coastal cruises

Why not explore the beautiful Norwegian Fjords?

2.1 Norwegian Fjords

2.2 Cruise.co.uk

2.3 cruisedirect

3. River cruises

Or head up a river while you’re at it?

3.1 Cruise.co.uk

3.2 Viking river cruises

3.3 AmaWaterways

3.4 AvalonWaterways

3.5 Nile cruises

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4. Trans Atlantic crossings

Why not try to beat Douglas Ward’s record of almost 150

crossings?

4.1 Cruise.co.uk

4.2 cruisedirect

4.3 co-operative travel

4.4 expedia.com

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Online DIY Dangers

You might be tempted to concoct your own DIY package. Cheap flights, accommodation and cruises are splattered all over the net.

In theory, it should be easy to chuck this lot together and Voila!

(More spending money in your pocket for the holiday, right?) But let’s not forget about old Murphy. You also stand to lose in a big way if things go wrong. Worst of all, there’ll be nobody to blame but yourself. Unlike the unanimous Internet, a high street travel agent trading from a fixed address can’t hide!

Before embarking on DIY holiday packages, first have a look at what ATOL has to say on the subject of DIY Dangers

Rather find the safe middle ground. The following safety mechanisms may help:

1. Check that the online travel agent is credentialed

2. Compare prices:

kayak.com

hipmunk

airbnb

The Essential Little Cruise Book by Jim West is a handy guide stacked with cruise pointers. Jim used to be a cruise director himself and can be contacted at Travel West. There are many other resources on the net available and you can literally have a virtual cruise without leaving the comfort of your armchair.

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Have a look at the following online forums - it’s stacked with knowledge:

1. Cruise.co.uk

2. cruisediva

3. cruisecritic.com

4. dialysis cruises

5. speciality cruises

6. travel for the handicapped

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About travel agents

These days, almost 80% of bookings are made through travel agents. Certainly the Internet has a place in your research and planning, but nothing beats connecting with a travel agent face-to-face to tie up loose ends. (Especially if you have that person's number and email saved for later if your cruise don't work out as planned.)

Most high streets have a multitude of travel agents. Nevertheless, whichever agent you decide on, choose one that specializes in cruise ship travel and is credentialed to a reputable regulating body:

1. UK regulating authorities

1.1 Passenger Shipping Association (PSA)

1.2 Leading Cruise Agents (aka Guild of Professional Cruise Agents)

1.3 Association of cruise experts (ACE)

1.4 Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)

1.5 Air Travel Organizers’ Licensing (ATOL)

1.6 International Air Transport Association (IATA)

2. USA regulating authorities

2.1 Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

2.2 National Association of Cruise Oriented Agencies (NACOA)

2.3 National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents

(NACTA)

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3. Discussion topics

The Internet can create unreasonable expectations in all of us.

It can also create a lot of confusion. Even this eBook can be faulted.

Don't despair though - a seasoned travel agent specializing in cruise holidays can answer all of your questions and put things into perspective.

First off, start compiling your list of questions as they arise during your preparations.

Download this eBook to your mobile devise for easy reference -

it may come in handy if you need a quick reference.

Why not beef up on some seafarer’s slang in preparation for your trip - at least you won’t be confused by the common words used on ships and by your travel agent:

Left = port

Right = starboard

Front = bow

Rear = stern or aft.

Room = cabin.

Bed = berth

Steering = rudder

Brake = anchor.

Floor = deck.

Window = porthole.

(Dr. Rick Joly’s book, Jack Speak, may just teach you to speak like a sailor!)

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Lets take a look at some possible topics to discuss with your agent:

3.1 Is your travel agent credentialed?

3.2 Can your online quote be beaten?

If not, then where’s the catch? Where is the hidden costs?

3.3 What are the hidden ticket costs?

Port charges, taxes, fuel surcharges ... insist that the travel agent explain exactly why that unbeatable bargain price is really such a bargain - or not?

3.4 What are the common on board hidden costs?

Bottled water, drinks, mini bar items, Internet, telephone, laundry, dry cleaning, baby sitting, souvenir photo’s and video’s and shore excursions are typically not free.

God forbid you be caught in the double whammy of unexpected medical costs and no travel insurance...it happens, believe me, it happens.

3.5 What is the cruise line loyalty program perks?

3.6 How to find cheap cruises?

1.

Book your cruise a year in advance.

2.

Consider a back-to-back cruise. (One cruise leading into the next without a break.)

3.

How about a repositioning cruise? This is the ship’s route when it moves from its current homeport to a new homeport to start a new itinerary. It may go via the Panama canal - or across the Atlantic!

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3.7 What are your preferred cruise season?

1.

Mid-December to mid-April: peak holiday season in the

Caribbean.(Not for the claustrophobic as the ports will be very crowded.)

2.

February - September: Alaskan whale spotting season.

3.

Mid-April to mid-December: Caribbean ports are now less crowded.

4.

Mid-May and mid-September: these are the seasons for

cheap Alaskan cruises.

5.

June and July: longest daylight hours in Alaska.

6.

September - November: hurricane season, cheap cruises and seasickness!

3.8 What are the travel safety and security requirements?

3.9 What kind of ship would suit you best?

An older, smaller ship or a newer, larger one?

Once again, Cruising & Cruise Ships, 2011 can be an invaluable recourse. Scour the online forums for other travelers’ opinions.

3.10 Which cabin would suit you best?

It depends.

If you're planning on partying 24/7, then it probably doesn't matter. Why not choose a cheap cabin close to a loud disco, casino, swimming pool, anchor chain or engines then? You might even be able to negotiate a reduced rate due to the noise levels!

But if you're planning a more relaxed cruise, then ask your travel agent to point out your cabin’s location on the ship’s cabin layout plan in relation to these potentially noisy areas beforehand? It

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may save you a lot of stress later.

3.11 What about the view?

Have a look at the ship's route first.

If, for example, the best whale watching is to be had on the starboard side, then avoid a cabin on the port side.

If you want to enjoy the sunsets, then choose a cabin that will be facing west, most of the time.

If you want an ocean view or a view facing the land sliding by, then plan accordingly.

Be suspicious of that cheap cabin with a porthole - are you sure the view is not obstructed by a deck or lifeboat?

3.12 Are you prone to motion sickness?

If so, then first choose a cabin as close the waterline as possible.

The higher above the water, the greater the side-to-side motion of the ship. Secondly, choose a location as close to the center of the ship as possible. The further away from the center, the more pronounced the up-and-down movement. In the centre of the ship, just above the waterline would be the best choice. But it’s not available – that’s where you’ll find the infirmary and us medics!

3.13 What about Noro virus?

It’s out there - but deserves it’s own eBook. Please register on my website to be alerted when it’s released.

3.14 Do you have any dietary requirements?

Food sensitivities and food allergies won't go away simply

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because you're at sea. Make the necessary arrangements before stepping on board to avoid unnecessary medical costs due to serious allergic reactions.

3.15 What health requirements do you have?

A fridge for medicines?

Home oxygen?

Dialysis?

Plan to bring your guide dog with?

Pregnant?

There are answers for each of these questions, but has to be addressed before boarding. Assuming that the on board medical facility will be able to support your chronic conditions adequately can lead to disappointment and unnecessary medial costs. Future eBooks will delve deeper into these issues - so please register on my website to be alerted when they’re released.

3.16 Do you need a safe for valuables?

If not, then find out what arrangements can be made on board -

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Conclusion

I hope this little eBook has revealed some of the important issues to consider when planning your travels and help point you in the right direction.

It doesn’t hope to replace the experts in the field and I reiterate the importance of making a connection with a travel agent -

especially one that will be there for you when things don’t work out.

If you want to be notified when my next eBook is available or learn how to earn money using this ebook, then please

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