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If Sick, May It Be On A Cruise Ship

Over the past couple of weeks, there have been at least three reports of airlifting cruise passengers from ships for medical reasons…obviously emergencies.

A week ago, on the Carnival Triumph, an eight-month-old baby was having seizures and had to be airlifted to Houston.

Earlier in the month, a 51-year-old woman on the Carnival Magic was taken from the ship by helicopter 180 miles from Galveston after suffering from respiratory problems.

Also last month, near New Zealand, a 23-year-old passenger had a suspected heart attack and was flown from the Seabourn Odyssey to a hospital.

The bottom line is what one ship’s doctor told us last year.

“The best place to have a heart attack, or many other medical problems, is on a cruise ship,” he said. “You pick up the phone in your stateroom, call the medical center, and we’re in your room within minutes. And we have all the equipment needed to deal with such emergencies.”

And when necessary, to bring in a helicopter.

That doesn’t mean medical emergencies always have happy endings. It just means there’s a good chance that they will.

And of course this applies to the thousands of people who work on ships, too.

Today at portsandbows.com: All the latest cruise news

Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas
3 nights
April 24, 2015
Port Canaveral (return): Nassau, Coco Cay
Inside: $284
Cost per day: $94
www.royalcaribbean.com

Norovirus News…Haven't You Heard?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more commonly known as CDC, announced this month that the occurrence of norovirus on cruise ships is “rare” and “dramatically lower” than the number on incidents of the illness on land.

The interesting thing about this announcement is that it didn’t receive nearly as much exposure as any of the reports over the last few years about cruise ships with the dreaded norovirus on board as an unwelcome passenger.

Good news travels like a bad Internet connection.

Anybody connected to cruising has either known or suspected this for a long time, yet cruise-line officials are constantly having to defend their ships when sickness breaks out.

The CDC report was accompanied by statistics, too.

With 20 million cases of norovirus on land, every American has a 1-in-15 chance of being infected.

In 2013, there were 10.1 million cruise passengers boarding ships in the U.S., and 834 infected during the four norovirus outbreaks. Get out the calculator, folks…that’s a 1-in-12,000 chance of being infected.

Rarely is another segment of society called to explain why norovirus is in its environment. Clearly, cruising shouldn’t have to defend its industry. The good thing about having to do so is that it keeps cruise lines on the front line of defense against norovirus.

Just where it long has been.

Today at portsandbows.com: The latest in cruise news

Carnival Fascination
5 nights
September 22, 2014
Jacksonville (return): Nassau, CocoCay
Inside: $169
Cost per day: $33
www.carnival.com

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