Any cruise ships with haemodialysis machines on-board?

Cruise passenger rights

I am on haemodialysis at the moment, but are there any ships with the machines on-board?

A number of the major cruise lines welcome passengers who require haemodialysis treatment, though many do not provide equipment or supplies or employ staff specifically to administer treatments. This means you’ll have to pre-arrange your treatment to take place ashore, at each port of call. However, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Holland America cruise lines work in partnership with an organisation called Dialysis at Sea, meaning that on selected cruises, professionals from the organisation will sail with passengers and will be on-hand to provide expert dialysis care. It’s important to know that some cruise lines do not accept haemodialysis passengers on-board, so if you are on haemodialysis, it’s vital to let your Cruise Concierge know your requirements, so that they can find the best cruise line and ship for you and to let the line know in advance, because all your equipment must be delivered to the cruise ship before the start of your cruise.

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Jenni Fielding
Jenni has been working in the travel industry for over 10 years. She fell in love with cruising on her first-ever cruise, a Caribbean cruise on Allure of the Seas, during her honeymoon in 2013. Nowadays, Jenni enjoys cruising with her husband and two young children. Her favourite ships are family-friendly megaships which are packed with exciting facilities. She loves sea days and had been known to skip port visits to spend more time on the ship!

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