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Old May 23rd, 2007, 08:19 PM
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any diabetics (I know there has to be at least a few...) especially Type 1's ever have trouble bringing and then using their blood glucose meter and/or insulin and needles on a cruise? care to share any experiences with me?
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Old June 13th, 2007, 08:37 PM
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I have a friend who is diabetic & has no problems bringing medicine, needles, etc.

Just make sure you bring some sort of paperwork showing you are a diabetic. The cruise line can also help you if you call them & explain your situation.

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Old July 9th, 2009, 11:59 AM
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I take oral medication and take my meter, strips, etc on abord and there has never been a problem. I always take them in carry on.
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Old January 3rd, 2010, 12:51 AM
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I am a type 1 diabetic on an insulin pump. I have cruised on Carnival Conquest and have carried my supplies and meter in my carry-on tote with me and have had no problems. You can request a sharps container, but I usually take a small plastic container with me for all my sharps/disposables that I carry off the ship with me at the end of my cruise. I have a waterproof pouch that I purchased at Academy Sports to put my pump and meter in to protect them from water/sand.
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If you have a letter from your doc and let the cruise line know in advance, I don't think you will have any problems. But, if you have to fly to the port, that might be a different story, especially because of the most recent terrorist attempt on a plane. You might need to check your supplies for the flight, if that is feasible for you.
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Old July 15th, 2010, 03:34 AM
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I take oral medication and take my meter, strips, etc on abord and there has never been a problem. I always take them in carry on.
I agree with this.Well at such time oral medication helps a lot.You may keep some basic medicines for the disease with you.
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Old July 16th, 2010, 08:41 PM
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I am a Type 2 diabetic, for last 21 years. I always take my meds, meter, test strips and needles in my carryon. Ihave made 33 trips across Atlantic, and 3 trips across Pacific.
Also 5 cruises.
I carry a letter from my doctor, a wallet card listing my meds, and a Medi-Alert charm around my neck.
I have never had any problem crossing borders (Israel-Egypt)(Israel-Jordan)(china-Mongolia)(Mongolia-Russia)(Mexico)(Costa Rica)

Never have had a problem. Problem is usually finding a fridge to put meds that need to be kept cold. Used medical office on NCL Norway, minibars elsewhere, small fridge on desk on NCL, and the bar fridge on a Danube cruise. I also carry a small plastic sharps box about 6-inches long.

When flying, I use a small special pack with pockets for freeze packs.

Just think ahead, and make sure you have everything you need.


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Old July 26th, 2010, 03:00 AM
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Hey, You need to follow the following step while you are traveling in the cruise

Things that you should bring with you:

* Bring your doctor's name and phone number and keep it with you at all times.
* Bring a list of current medicines and keep it with you at all times.
* Always carry and wear medical identification that states that you have diabetes.
* Keep medicines, syringes, and blood sugar testing supplies in your carry-on luggage.
* Take enough medicines and medical supplies to last an extra week in case you get stranded or stay longer than you planned.
* Have a traveling companion carry some of your medical supplies, if possible.
* Always carry some type of sugar source in case you develop hypoglycemia.
* Inform the airlines, cruise ships, and tour guides in advance that you have diabetes.
* Test your blood sugar more often than usual.

I hope this will help you a lot while travelling.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 03:39 PM
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Yes my father also have the diabetes problem. so he have to take some injections and tablets with him and also have to care of so many things so that his diabetes be in control.


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Old August 25th, 2010, 09:35 PM
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You will not have a problem with the cruise line ;but watch out for the wonderful TSA they have different rules at each airport
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My mother is a diabetic but she had no problems while travelling.She takes oral medication and she also takes a medical certificate from her doctor.
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My husband has recently been diagnosed with Type II diabetes. There are a number of doctors who consider that the American Diabetes Assoc. recommended dietary rules are too lenient and do not optimize life span as the preferred diet would.

My husband is on a diet which consists of no sugar, fruit, juice, carrots, peas, beans, cereals, potatoes, tomatoes, rice, pasta, - and probably more that I cannot remember. He is allowed two slices of sprouted grain bread or dense whole wheat daily. He has no problems with fats or with salt in his diet, however.

Our concern is whether cruise lines will make special meals to accommodate his needs and, if so, which are the best at doing so?

There are differences in diabetics and in the ways in which the medical profession treats them. Some Type I's and II's will have a much greater variety in foods and will just up their amount of insulin or drugs to compensate. Others approach the situation through changing the elements of the diet which are triggers for the problem - which means limiting sugars and carbs. Our doctors seem to think this is the best way.
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I, too, am Type 2 diabetic. Luckily, at least so far, I'm able to control it with diet and medication, so I do not have to take insulin shots.

I do take my meter with me along with the accompanying lances and have never had any problems either going through airports or on cruises. Our cabin stewards have always been happy to provide me with a 'sharps' disposal without any problems.

And because there are so many cruisers with diabetes, as well as other dietary and medical problems such as gluten-free and vegan, the cruise lines have made foods available to pretty much handle any requirements. When you look at what the average restaurant offers, the cruise lines do a very good job of meeting the needs of their passengers given all the varying demands.

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