You might be wondering, "Is it safe to cruise right now?" and the answer is, “Yes!” But safety precautions are more important than ever, so let's talk about how you can stay healthy when cruising.

Why are cruises risky for older people, who are especially vulnerable to Covid-19?

If you're over 60 and plan on cruising, it's important to understand how aging and Covid-19 can make these trips a bit more uncertain

  • AGE: The risk of developing complications from the flu increases with age. Older adults are at greater risk than younger people because their immune systems are weaker, particularly when they are exposed to new viruses like Covid-19 that have not been circulating in the population for long.
  • COVID-19: This particular virus spreads easily among humans and has infected millions worldwide since March 31, 2019. It causes severe respiratory illness with symptoms such as fever; cough; shortness of breath; muscle aches; fatigue; headache; nausea and vomiting.
  • HOW TO CRUISE SAFELY: Make sure your travel insurance covers medical evacuation services if needed (a good idea for anyone over 60). Check out "Cruise Ship Safety Information" by CDC - which includes advice on how to stay healthy while traveling by boat

Before deciding whether to travel on a cruise ship, consider the risk factors and evaluate them against your typical health and lifestyle.

Before deciding whether to travel on a cruise ship, consider the risk factors and evaluate them against your typical health and lifestyle. If you have health concerns that would be exacerbated by air travel or air pollution, you may want to consider traveling by sea instead of flying.

It's important to know that most cruise ships have dedicated medical facilities staffed by highly trained physicians and nurses who can provide emergency treatment for common injuries and illnesses like colds, flu symptoms, injuries from falls in the cabin due to dizziness/lightheadedness (often caused by blood loss), acute diarrhea caused by contaminated food or water supplies aboard ship (this is rare) or other minor ailments such as motion sickness during excursions ashore before returning home from your voyage.

Once you're on board, what can you do to protect yourself from Covid-19?

Once you're on board, what can you do to protect yourself from Covid-19?

  • Use hand sanitizer. Be sure to keep some in your pocket or purse and use it frequently.
  • Wash your hands often. This will help you avoid contracting the virus if someone who is infected touches you or if an infected surface contaminates your fingers as you touch it.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands (this includes when you cough or sneeze). Washing your hands before doing so is essential for keeping germs off of one’s body; it's easy to forget this when we're in a rush, but be careful! Touching one’s face with dirty hands can lead directly into their mouth or nose and cause them significant harm. This goes double for those who have respiratory ailments such as asthma or allergies—they need all the help they can get against viruses like this!
  • Avoid close contact (physical) with others: If possible, stay at least six feet away from other people while on board a ship; if there are no other options available then try using physical barriers such as pillows or blankets between yourselves and others so that there isn't any direct contact between them due -19 virus spread this way either!

What if you get sick with Covid-19 during your cruise?

If you get sick with Covid-19, your ship doctor will ask you to stay in your cabin. If this is not an option, they may recommend that you stay away from other passengers and report symptoms such as fever and/or diarrhea to the medical staff immediately. You should also take your medication as prescribed by the ship doctor and return for any blood tests or exams they prescribe.

Take these steps:

  • Stay in touch with your personal physician to keep them updated on any new developments regarding your health after returning home.
  • Don't share food or water with other people while on board the cruise ship; instead, use disposable plates and utensils when eating with others.

Posted 
Apr 1, 2022
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