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Health Advice Whilst Cruising

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Health Basics While Travelling

We want to make sure your cruise adventure is as healthy, safe and enjoyable as possible.

We've thought of everything to make sure you and your loved ones are safe and secure from the moment you board your cruise ship, till the time you leave it. Take a few moments to browse through this information to prepare for the holiday experience of a lifetime.

If You Take Regular Medication

Ensure that you have sufficient supplies to last the length of your holiday. It is also wise to consider taking a couple of days' extra supply in case of unforeseen changes in your plans. Remember to always carry your medication in your hand luggage. If you have recently received treatment for any significant medical condition, it is suggested that you carry a recent report with any important information from your doctor.

Motion Sickness

If you are concerned, you should purchase medication before you leave home. It is best to take the tablets just before sailing to prevent illness. Seasickness medications are generally also available at a charge on board from the cruise medical practitioner.

Be Safe In The Sun

Avoid excessive exposure to the sun between 10.00am and 3.00pm. Remember 'Slip! Slop! Slap! Wrap!' - Slip on a t-shirt, Slop on high factor sunscreen, Slap on a hat (wide-brimmed is best so that your ears are protected too), Wrap on sunglasses. Wear a t-shirt to protect yourself from the sun while swimming. Re-apply sunscreen frequently after swimming or exercise.

Drink In Moderation

When you are ashore, be aware of the alcohol content of local and imported drinks. You are much more likely to suffer a serious injury if you are under the influence of even small amounts of alcohol.
Be extremely careful if you drink Kava which is a popular herbal, medicinal and ceremonial drink in the South Pacific. In addition to enhancing the effects of alcohol, long-term use may cause liver damage.

Avoid Biting Insects

Wear light coloured, loose fitting clothing that covers your arms and legs, and regularly apply an insect repellent that contains at least 20% DEET.

Wash Your Hands

To help prevent illness, wash hands often and thoroughly and always after going to the toilet, before handling food and eating.


Family and friends are welcome to share in your excitement and wave farewell from the cruise wharf. For security reasons, they will be unable to accompany you on board.

Will I Need Vaccinations?

Wherever you are travelling, it is recommended you have a minimum of Influenza (seasonal), Hepatitis A and Tetanus/Diphtheria vaccinations.

You are strongly advised to seek advice from either your doctor or an approved public health travel advisory service to identify any specific vaccinations or health precautions required for each port of call. Check the following for more information:

Some countries strictly enforce certain health requirements. If you don't have correct vaccinations, you may not be able to go ashore at certain destinations. Additionally, some local authorities may impose a monetary fine or deny the ship entry into the port.