my name is Lori, I am a ICU RN, I work in a Medical ICU in a huge trauma hospital, the biggest in Phoenix. Anyways, when I was on the Explorer of the Seas, I told them I was an ICU RN, and asked and got a tour of the medical facility. I was very impressed, with what they can do. They have ventilators (breathing machines), are able to do some blood transfusion, do basic labs. They had a little "ICU room", for people on a vent. By the way, that is where the morgue is also. The RNs were British. British RNs are VERY skilled and highly trained. I don't remember what nationality the MD was. They said they get lots of GI and diabetic problems, from people over eating and drinking, imagine that
. What about picking a ship with a heliport for a helicopter landing, if you want to be really safe. Make sure your insurance covers that. I have been using Travel Insured International for my out of country trips. There coverage is great, and cheaper then others I have found. There is an article on travel insurance on this website, somewhere (maybe someone can post a link to it), Travel Insured International is one of them recommended. Anyways, just a note from the RN in me- Do you think august is maybe too soon. If she is finishing chemo in summer, don't forget the neutropenia (low blood counts that make people much more receptive to infections) she will be on a ship with thousands of people and all there germs. Being a medical RN, I have seen what neutropenia can do. Just a thought, I had to throw out there. Anyways, hope this helps. Lil' Lori RN.