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Getting ill onboard a ship is the last thing anyone wants to happen, however sometimes it is unavoidable. We want you to get the best care possible whilst onboard, so if you happen to fall ill, here’s what first-aid and medical standards a variety of cruise lines offer.

Royal Caribbean International – Royal Caribbean have an onboard medical centre which offers the service of a fully qualified nurse or doctor to tend to minor illnesses or injuries. However this may cost a small fee.

Celebrity Cruises – Celebrity offers a variety of medical needs such as dialysis and oxygen. They can also offer help to women who are up to 24 weeks pregnant and have medical centres onboard each ship. Generally, the centres are there in case of emergency and should only be used if completely necessary.

Norwegian Cruise Line – You can purchase common medications onboard all ships from the office of the ship doctor. Some medications are free of charge at the Purser’s Desk, so it’s best to try there first. There are basic facilities available for minor care, however evacuation may be necessary in the event of serious illness.

Carnival Cruise Line – Each ships medical staff are on call 24/7 for emergencies. Medical centres are open 12 hours a day where doctors are available for set periods of time. The care provided onboard is suitable for most general illnesses.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines – There is a medical centre onboard offering primary and emergency care. There is a doctor or nurse on call at all times. Each ship has at least two nurses who can tend to any passengers with pressing medical complaints. Medication should be brought onboard by the passenger if needed.

MSC Cruises – Medical centres are available onboard all MSC ships. However, only basic care in non-emergency situations can be provided. They do provide dialysis treatment onboard some ships, dependent on the passenger bringing the correct medication onboard.

Princess Cruises – You can report to the medical centre onboard if feeling ill or injured. They are staffed by qualified doctors and nurses who are on call 24/7 for emergencies.

P&O Cruises – Medical centres are available onboard all ships which offer a range of facilities. All doctors and nurses are fully qualified and trained to assist in emergency situations.

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