Tylerrose... as you can see, Carnival (as well as all the major lines) is well prepared to handle your issues. Sandy provided you with great information, follow it and you will be fine. One thing she didn't mention, that if you do use a CPAP machine, bring an extension cord maybe a short one with the multiple outlets on the end. There is one one outlet in the cabin (and one for razors in the bath) and you may need the x-cord to get the machine located where you want it.
Have a great cruise!
We did the Alaska cruise... it was wonderful and you should enjoy it. But you are doing the right thing and taking a shorter cruise to verify if you like cruising (you will become addicted). Carnival has REALLY comfortable beds. Cruising is a lot like going in an RV except you don't have to worry about driving, how to get there... when will you get there, were will you hook up, no cooking of food or finding entertainment etc
Originally posted by Sandy:
TheTylerose, you brought up a couple of items that need comment.
If your husband is taking syringes with insuling with him, this MUST be cleared first by Carnival's Special Services desk. Carnival will need a note from his doctor on letterhead or the doctor's prescription pad, indicating that your husband is diabetic and must have insulin syringes with him. Carnival should also have available to you, either in the cabin or nearby, a small refrigerator in which to keep the insulin.
It may also be required that you report you have your CPAP machines with you, if that's what you use. It's also just a doctor's note required.
And last, it sounds like it's critical for you to take out cancellation/interruption insurance, particularly with elderly parents in the picture. Make sure you buy insurance that will cover you for cancellations/interruptions due to pre-existing conditions in yourselves or your immediate family.
Take a deep breath, TheTylerose... Hold it, then release... Repeat as necessary. Sandy is simply preparing you for a worst case scenario. Needles are used to inject more than insulin so, yes, they will need prescription verification. Oral medications are not as much of an issue. It would be best to have a doctor document your Bipap mechanism use just in case it becomes a boarding issue (probably wouldn't). You do not have to get letters from several doctors. Only a couple of your issues fall in sensitive areas. You can also call Carnival and they would be happy to provide you with any information that you require.
I'll let Sandy answer most of your question, but I can say that the doctor's note was for bringing syringes and needles about. I don't think you will have any issue with the injection pen. Also meds in their original RX bottle are fine too. Sandy mentioned that if you need a refrigerator for the insulin then you can notify CCL and they will provide one for you.
I don't have any experience with the breathing machines so I'll let Sandy clarify her comment. But rest assured she was only trying to make sure you that you don't run into anything unexpected during embarkation that would ruin your cruise. (Like showing up with a box of injection needles and syringes and not having medical proof that you need them.)
Tylerrose- Please don't go off offended at what was said. We are honestly only trying to make sure your have a good cruising experience and trying to help you. The advise Sandy gave you was truly just intended to help you avoid possible hang ups at embarkation. Trust me when I say you and your husband would not be the only ones cruising with medical issues. Sandy was trying to provide you with experienced knowledge of how to help make your cruise as issue free as possible.
As with many things, it is best to "have your bases covered" should a question arise. For example, I take three medications for hypertension. I could probably make my packing easier and just dump a few days worth of pills into one bottle or baggie and get through a cruise with nobody saying anything. But then what happens when I get randomly picked by Customs for a bag check? "Sir, what are all these pills in this baggie?" So I follow the TSA rules and bring all prescription drugs in their labeled bottles.
Our members and moderators have years of cruising experience. Some are cruise specialist agents who hold difficult-to-achieve accreditations and certifications. If they suggest you do something you can bet it is based on an actual event that happened to one of their clients in the past, or on information they have received from the cruise lines, or from their experience over the years.
Jim, Sandy,Dr L, and Beer and all the others.... please know that I am not going off anywhere offended. I was abrupt by my response to Sandy due to the shock of the possibility of having to provide documentation from doctors for breathing machines, which were two different docs in two separate towns. I was prepared to deal with the insulin pen and needle situation and not shocked over that and glad they monitor things like that very closely. I did appreciate all the suggestions and I also apologized if I was too strong with my response therefore I removed my response, yet left the apology. Don't know how to prove myself any further.
I do appreciate all the EXPERIENCE that comes in these forums and that is why I chose here to ask any questions. I am a RA patient and take a lot of medication for that which I had visions of having to get documentation to keep on hand for that too. But I have decided to suck it up and start soliciting all our physicians and get written on letterhead or Rx pad documentation for not only my hubbys insulin and pen needles he takes three/four times a day, but for the bipap machines we use to stay alive when we sleep. Believe it or not, we are not old seniors and only in our mid 50's, but sure does sound like we are on deaths road when you look at our medical situations.
Again, thank you everyone for the suggestions, and once again, I ask that you forgive my snappy attitude earlier.
No apologies needed. Sometimes it is difficult to know the intent just based on words typed in a box. It happens all the time.
It is likely that nobody will ask to see any documentation. But there is always that "if" factor to be wary of. I'd rather carry some letters along that never got opened than not have them and then have someone ask. It isn't usually the cruise line people who ask. For a typical cruise you check in with the cruise line and private port security officers being "the authorities". But it is absolute that when you leave a cruise you will present yourself and your luggage to a U.S. Customs And Border Protection Officer. Some don't smile much. Such is the times.
For perspective, most of the staff here is either your age, close to it, or older. I think most of us have health issues and can certainly understand your situation.
So lets move on from this little misunderstanding!