Category Archives Cruise Ship Health and Safety

For anyone who suffers from a severe food allergy, you give strict attention to the ingredients in your kitchen and are on guard whenever you eat at a restaurant or friend's house for dinner. It's habitual, and to avoid a severe allergic reaction, illness and even hospitalization, you've learned to be cautious with every morsel that passes by your lips.…

Another week, another nightmare for the cruise industry. Two nightmares actually, including one on board the inappropriately named Carnival Dream.  Just one month after one of its cruise ships was crippled in the Gulf of Mexico and became known by the well-earned nickname “poop cruise,” CNN reports that the Carnival Dream has been crippled by power outages and overflowing toilets.…

Traveling on a humongous ship from port to port with thousands of strangers is revered as one of the best ways to travel. But for better or worse, the term “cruise” has also become synonymous with the 24/7 access to extravagant buffets, endless supplies of pizza and booze, and the subsequent binge eating. Yet in response to today’s increasingly health-conscious…

It’s been a terrific week to be stuck at sea. And by terrific, I mean awful. The dominant story this week is the completely dreadful cruise on the Carnival Triumph, which was crippled by an engine room fire and spent five days stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. As reported by NBC, more than 3,000 passengers were trapped in a…

Once upon a time, air travel was elegant and cool. Maybe even comfortable. Those days are long gone, and getting on an airplane is fraught with inconvenience and tension. But wait! Maybe the better-than-miserable in-flight experience is making a comeback! The key is technology. At USA Today, Harriet Baskas writes that the Airline Passenger Experience Association is looking at creating…

If you’re wondering if the airports are getting more crowded than ever before, the answer is “yes.” The U.N.'s World Trade Organization says a whopping one billion tourists will cross international borders this year – the first time that’s ever happened. Obviously, international travel is a growth industry. Consider that back in 1950, there were only 25 million tourists crossing…

The buzz this week is all about Titanic tourism – the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic will be April 14th and 15th. And while passengers on the Costa Concordia may disagree, it’s a disaster that we still can’t really wrap our arms around. But lots of folks will try – or at least indulge ina big dose…

I am happy to report that our week at sea was uneventful from a health standpoint.  Even though there were over 3,000 passengers (including 884 children), I didn’t see anyone that looked sick or on the verge of getting sick.  A few passengers sported the scopolamine patch behind their ears, but I felt no need to take any medication or…

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