Special Needs and Special Considerations at Sea


So, you’re considering a cruise are you? Good for you! Chances are you’re planning months in advance, which can sometimes be tricky. Some days you aren’t sure what you’ll be doing tomorrow, so planning for something as big and exciting as a cruise in a few months? Surely there’s a few things that may slip your mind as you dream of exotic locations and cabin locations. Perhaps you’re on the fence because someone in your family has special needs? Thankfully Norwegian Cruise Line seems to have most, if not all of the answers if that’s your situation. There’s one thing I thought of when it came time to book my cruise, and while it’s specifically aimed at the ladies, gentlemen, if you’re considering surprising your lady with a romantic cruise (or a family cruise for that matter) here’s what you need to consider:

So your period. It kind of sucks, right? For a majority of us, it comes around pretty regularly and sometimes if we’re lucky it’s like clockwork. If you’re one of the lucky ones with a clockwork lady schedule, double check that your cruise is falling right during that time of the month. I mean, sure, we all learned in fifth grade that a girl on her period can do anything any other girl can do. Can and want to are two very different things. While the allure of buffets and naps are awfully enticing to me, I’d much rather not have to worry about anything extra, especially since swimsuits will probably be involved at some point.

Just like sunscreen finding your favorite feminine products on a boat or in another country could prove difficult. If there’s a chance you can’t avoid the two coinciding, come prepared. Sailing with a teen? Have that conversation now folks, my parents had it with me when we were headed to Hawaii and it saved me loads of embarrassment and them loads of teenage hormonal drama. (I have an app on my phone that keeps track of mine for me, bless technology, bless it.)

I know, what a strange thing to talk about, but it’s something that needs to be seriously considered! All of this aside, taking into consideration other medical or health issues are equally important. Do you have to travel with a CPAP? If needed, will you have access to distilled water? Will you have enough medication to get you through your trip? Do you have backups (*cough* birth control *cough*) Have you looked into travel medical insurance or checked with your insurance provider about what is and is not covered in international waters?

Norwegian Cruise Line offers BookSafe travel protection that covers you in the event of a medical emergency during your vacation, it also covers you for 52 weeks afterwards if something were to happen during your trip. If you’re considering a swim with sharks? It’s not a bad idea, just saying.

Have another special need for yourself or someone you’re traveling with? After reading Norwegian Cruse Line’s extensive page on accessible cruising there’s no reason anyone shouldn’t be able to enjoy a cruise no matter what their situation may be. Norwegian Cruise Line has a dedicated team available 24/7 to help with booking, planning and facilitating the requirements of special needs guests, with a little extra planning almost anyone can enjoy a vacation at sea.


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