Cruising with cancer?
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In U.S., when we book our cruises, we have to book our travel insurance within a very definite number of days (each travel insurance company has its own schedule) in ordre for pre-existing conditions to be covered. It is VERY important that deadline be met.
We also have available a policy called CSA Luxe which covers pre-existing conditions and can be purchased at time of final payment....again with very specific time frame.
If you are booking this cruise through the U.K., you may have very different parameters and should speak with a VERY reliable, well respected TA. This is too important for you to not be well advised about.
Keep in mind that the ships have doctor, nurses and infirmary but they are not a trauma unit equipped to render very advanced care. Certainly they have been known to stabalize heart attack victims and have them removed from the ship first opportunity.
Medical evacuation from a ship can be hugely expensive.
Other than pregnant women, I know of no policy which requires a guest to present a doctor's note saying they are well enough to travel. Perhaps it is so and even if not, it is good idea to get such a letter. If her doctor won't provide it, she shouldn't be traveling, particularly on a ship, I wouldn't think.
A website many on these BB's use is www.insuremytrip.com.
I sincerely hope you can find a workable way to bring her on this cruise. And certainly that she makes a good recovery.
I wish I could have been more helpful.
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they will cover a lot of conditions other insurers do not touch, but I think you will need to call them.
Cruise companies do have a general "medically fit to sail clause" so it could be an issue. You can be denied boarding (or removed at a port of call) if the cruise line (and/or medical officer) has a problem.
Make sure insurance is figured out and UNDERSTOOD before booking.
The insurance does have the right to a medical opinion about your health. They don't want to insure a person who is certain to have a problem.
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