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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Staying Shipshape at Sea

Cruise Ship Cupcake
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How can you best protect yourself from getting sick on a cruise ship? "Out of 20 tips for staying healthy, tips one through 10 are, 'Wash your hands,'" says Nick Hollander, senior doctor aboard Princess Cruises' Island Princess. Hand washing is the best way to prevent colds and flu, as well as norovirus. Hand-sanitizing gels will do in a pinch, adds Louise McClelland, Ruby Princess nursing officer, but "liquid soap and water are the No. 1 germ killers." Here are other tips to help ensure smooth sailing. --Roberta G. Wax
  • Pack medicine in your carry-on, not your checked luggage, and bring an updated medication list, including dosages. Bring extra pills in case you lose or forget your medicine, you'll need to see the ship's doctor for a prescription, which will usually be filled at the next port. Cardiac patients should bring a copy of their latest EKG, advises Dr. John Bradberry, medical director for Carnival Cruise Lines.
  • When strolling the promenade deck, wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. "With the cool ocean breeze, people don't realize the sun is so strong," McClelland says.
  • If you're prone to motion sickness, bring your medicine along. And request a cabin near midships and close to the waterline, Bradberry suggests, where the ride is typicallly most stable.
  • In port, avoid contact with stray animals, in case they have rabies.
From Orange County Westways Magazine, June 2010

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