Does anyone have an opinion on which cruise line has the best onboard care? My wife is undergoing chemo for breat cancer (2nd occurrence). She will finish up in the summer and I want to take her on a cruise in late August. We went on a cruise last year for our 10th anniversary and were planning another for Jan 2007 when she was diagnosed with recurrent breast cancer. I want to be on a ship that can help her if she gets sick.
Princess was part of the SeaMed program, where the Grand Princess could get live time advice from Cedars-Sinai hospital and specialists via a satellite link. I don't know if they still do this, or if it is on all of their ships.
Doesn't look like Holland America cruises to the Caribbean during Aug/Sept. Thats about the only time i can get free taht matches when my wife will be out of chemo. Should I contact princess dirctly or try to get info through a travel agent?
Not only that, but definitely purchase 3rd-party travel insurance at the time you book the cruise. (You can best do this thru a travel agent - the cruise line is only interested in selling you their own insurance.) If you buy the 3rd party insurance within a few days of your cruise deposit, most of the good insurance companies will waive the pre-existing medical condition exclusion. Without the insurance, or if purchased too late (or the wrong kind), any medical expenses you incur on the cruise will be your responsibility; with it, if you get the pre-ex waiver, you can be reimbursed for at least some of those expenses.
The insurance is very important, as is making sure you fall into the pre-existing condidition waiver period. Be very careful here......make sure it is clear as can be that your wife's cancer is covered.
On a personal note, I hope all goes well for your wife. I have personal family experience with breast cancer, and I know what you two are going through. Godspeed.