We have talked a lot on Globebloggers about travelling with different medical conditions, but what we have not spoken about so far is different modes of travel for your medical condition. Namely, the differences between fly and cruise travel.
For example, if you have a bad back, you might find flying very difficult – what with the cramped seats, and long enforced periods of sitting still. Cruising might be a preferred option for you as you are free to move around the ship as you travel to each of your destinations! It saves you starting off your holiday tired, aching and in a bad mood, as you might do if you have a bad flight experience!
Another advantage of flying compared to cruising is the increased baggage allowance, and this can be particularly important if you suffer from medical conditions. For example, you may have a lot of medication or a wheelchair that you need to take with you. If you tend to end up paying for extra baggage allowance when you fly, the benefit is that a cruise has no restriction at all – as long as it will all fit in your stateroom, you can bring as many bags as you wish.
What about the facilities actually on board ship? Well if you have a disability, many cruise lines now have adapted cabins for wheelchair users. For more information on cruises for the disabled, visit www.disabilitytravel.com. What is more, if you do have any medical problems on board ship, they are often exceptionally well equipped. In fact, they are apparently able to carry out open heart surgery on board!
So I hope this blog has provided a little information which might be useful to you about travelling with medical conditions, particularly if you are considering whether ‘to cruise or not to cruise.’