Health insurance is a must if you are fond of traveling on cruise ships, according to former Carnival Cruise Line physician Dr. John Bradberry. Purchasing travel insurance for your specific cruise trip is absolutely necessary if your current health plan doesn’t include coverage outside the United States.
Travel insurance costs include medical air evacuation, which, from the Caribbean to the United States, can cost between $20,000 and $30,000, on top of $40,000 to $60,000 in hospital charges. The spread of disease has also proved a big issue during cruise trips in earlier years. The norovirus is one example of this. However, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Perceptions that cruise ships can be luxury breeding grounds for acute gastroenteritis outbreaks don’t hold water.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds, “Norovirus often gets a lot of attention for outbreaks on cruise ships, but those account for only about 1% of all reported norovirus outbreaks.”
Injury victims on cruise trips are more vulnerable in their situations because they have to wait until their ship comes to shore to get medical attention. If an incident happens to you aboard a cruise ship due to the negligent actions of other people, get legal help from Louis A. Vucci P.A. by calling our offices today at (786) 375-0344.