Cruising Tips For Seniors
Now that you’re well-informed about the various cruising options for seniors, have you decided which cruise ship you are going to board and which new destination you are going to explore? If you have, what are you waiting for? Go pack your bags and set out on this exciting experience!
But before you do that, remember to pack those graceful evening suits and gowns for that special dinner on board and those new pair of yoga shoes, because you just cannot do away with it while sailing!
Here are some cruising tips for seniors that will help you plan your dream cruise just the way it should be. Remember to carry the following:
- Cruise documents, passports and visas, airline tickets or e-ticket confirmation
- Insurance cards and medical history, vaccination certificate
- Credit Cards, ATM card, traveler’s checks, currency conversion chart
- Pre-paid mobile recharge card
- Emergency numbers of loved ones at home
- Reading material
- Camera and associate electronic supports, laptop
- Medical Kit
Don’t let sea-sickness ruin your dream cruise
Before your cheeks start turning green, and you feel nauseous after you have started sailing, take a ginger pill. Take it from us-it works wonders! You can also pack in some other medication as well, like:
- Antihistamine pills like Benadryl
- Homeopathic sea-sickness medicines like Trip Ease, On The Move capsules
- Motion Eaze natural oil
- Drug-free ReliefBand®
- Prescription medications
Doctor on deck
While booking a cruise, be sure to check whether they have a doctor present on board. Physicians are available on board as independent contractors and are entitled to render services at a customary fee, which varies from ship to ship. The fee does not include medication, tests or treatment. An infirmary staff is available on board 24*7 though, to provide medical aid in case of an emergency, but they do not provide any specialized medication or treatment. It is always advisable to carry your own medicines if you are being treated for a medical condition. The services they offer are with emergency medication and include:
- Oxygen and dialysis facilities on cruise
- Special sickrooms with shower stools, bed extensions and transfer benches
While going away on a long holiday, you should stock yourself with the medicines that you use regularly. Every port or a foreign country might not have the exact medicine you are looking for, and you don’t want to spoil your trip for the want of a medicine. Some ships provide services for people with reduced mobility, and you can avail of special wheelchair accessible staterooms and activities.
- Check the legitimacy of your travel agency with the associations like ARC, IATA, ASTA, ARTA, CLIA or NACOA.
- Try sticking on to your pre-set daily budget and keep track of your expenses on the ship.
- Last but not the least – take along a well-stocked medical kit.
So, what are you waiting for? Start packing and get ready to embrace the distant blue horizon!