Stay Healthy on Your Cruise Vacation
By Duncan Whitehead
Don't let the recent Carnival Cruise disaster keep you from enjoying a cruise this spring. Most of the time, floating vacations are dreams come true. Still, you need to take some precautions to make sure you stay healthy and safe while at sea. Former luxury yacht purser Duncan Whitehead offers these ten tips:
*Wear layers of clothing and note the locations of lifeboats. Rescue could take longer than expected so keeping warm is paramount.
*Attend all mandatory pre-safety briefings and pay attention. These sessions will teach you how to put on a life jacket and what to do during an evacuation. The information can be life saving.
*Study evacuation routes posted on the back of your cabin door or in your cabin. Walk the route so you are familiar with it.
*If you have special needs or allergies, bring your own medications and supplies. Keep them in a waterproof wallet or holdall. First aid bags that are on board life rafts will not stock specific medications.
*Keep an “emergency kit’’ ready to go. It should include prescriptions, your cell phone, room key, glasses, and hearing aid if needed.
*Cruise ships are teeming with bacteria and viruses. Don't spoil your vacation by getting sick. Wash your hands often and thoroughly, and make use of the hand sanitizers that you will see around the ship.