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Subject:  Re: WaPo - Retiring on a Cruise Ship Date:  1/24/2020  12:08 PM
Author:  Rayvt Number:  96895 of 98512

Independent living, yes. But I doubt they have the nurses and doctors necessary for care at the nursing home level.

Correct, they don't. Any major issues, they try to give emergency care and stabilize you, then at the next port they'll get you to a local hospital. We've been on a lot of cruises and seen this happen a number of times.

If they are at sea and there is a very serious medical issue, they call in a medivac helicopter. Sometimes the ship will divert course to get the ship in range for the copter. We've seen this happen twice.

There was one cruise were an obviously crazy lady was on board. We figured that her family had put her on the cruise to get rid of her for 80 days. (Yes it was an 80 day cruise.) Eventually her (mis)behavior got so bad that they kicked her off at the next port, Sydney, halfway thru the cruise. Word was that the ship paid for her airfare back to the US, and escorted her to the airport.
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