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My family and I, including my husband and 2 teenage boys, sailed on the Dream out of NOLA 1/27/19. On the fourth day my husband went to the medical center with what we thought was flu. He was misdiagnosed with a bronchial infection. The next day, my sons got sick.

Monday they both went and both are confirmed to have the flu.

Our second half of our cruise was spent in bed and me being a nurse.

What are the chances Carnival will pay my dr bills and reimburse me for the lost days?

please help...my vacation was ruined...many people and crew were in the medical center sick as well

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Did you have cruise insurance?    Carnival is not going to pay for that for sure.

You could ask     But good luck without the insurance

 

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Carnival will not (and should not) reimburse you for catching the flu.  It's the luck of the draw when you're around few thousand people who might be sharing their flu virus with you.

 

 

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Why would (or should) Carnival reimburse you because you got the flu? It's not like they caused it. Carnival doesn't owe you anything. However, if you did have insurance, it may reimburse you for the medical bills.

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Carnival is not responsible and will not reimburse you.  It was the unfortunate luck of the draw.  If you have travel insurance, you may be able to claim the doctors bill, however, Carnival does not owe you anything.

 

Sorry for the bad luck.

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1 hour ago, Cruisemomof 2 said:

My family and I, including my husband and 2 teenage boys, sailed on the Dream out of NOLA 1/27/19. On the fourth day my husband went to the medical center with what we thought was flu. He was misdiagnosed with a bronchial infection. The next day, my sons got sick.

Monday they both went and both are confirmed to have the flu.

Our second half of our cruise was spent in bed and me being a nurse.

What are the chances Carnival will pay my dr bills and reimburse me for the lost days?

please help...my vacation was ruined...many people and crew were in the medical center sick as well

ZERO...carnival is not responsible for you getting the flu.    

 

Carnival will not pay your dr bills--if you had travel insurance, that would take care of those.     Lost days are just that...lost days.  

 

Lots of people get sick from all kinds of sources...Carnival is not responsible for that.

 

The flu and colds happen...they are viruses and unless you travel in a bubble, how in the world would you expect anyone could be responsible for that?

 

Chalk it up to experience and move on.   Plan your next trip.    We all get sick at many points in our lives--and many times at not the best times or places.

 

Here's to a better trip next time and I hope everyone feels better.

Edited by bingomamma19

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Seriously they won't do anything.  Travel insurance might depending on your policy.  It would be like expecting your job to pay your doctor bills because you think you caught the flu at work

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I got the flu at Disney. My daughter did also and omg it was miserable. However it’s not Disney’s fault.  Glad you got your medical covered 

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I'm so glad you had insurance!  Thank you for posting this.  I am 1/2 way through Cancer treatments and worried about cruising and getting sick.  This post is teaching me to be more proactive with Lysol and hand washing.  We cruise on the Dream March 3.

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13 hours ago, Cruisemomof 2 said:

My family and I, including my husband and 2 teenage boys, sailed on the Dream out of NOLA 1/27/19. On the fourth day my husband went to the medical center with what we thought was flu. He was misdiagnosed with a bronchial infection. The next day, my sons got sick.

Monday they both went and both are confirmed to have the flu.

Our second half of our cruise was spent in bed and me being a nurse.

What are the chances Carnival will pay my dr bills and reimburse me for the lost days?

please help...my vacation was ruined...many people and crew were in the medical center sick as well

Carnival will not pay for a thing. Cruise insurance is the way way to go.

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13 hours ago, Cruisemomof 2 said:

My family and I, including my husband and 2 teenage boys, sailed on the Dream out of NOLA 1/27/19. On the fourth day my husband went to the medical center with what we thought was flu. He was misdiagnosed with a bronchial infection. The next day, my sons got sick.

Monday they both went and both are confirmed to have the flu.

Our second half of our cruise was spent in bed and me being a nurse.

What are the chances Carnival will pay my dr bills and reimburse me for the lost days?

please help...my vacation was ruined...many people and crew were in the medical center sick as well

May be there is a way to prevent the flu?  

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58 minutes ago, duncmelsmom said:

I'm so glad you had insurance!  Thank you for posting this.  I am 1/2 way through Cancer treatments and worried about cruising and getting sick.  This post is teaching me to be more proactive with Lysol and hand washing.  We cruise on the Dream March 3.

Folks like you are why I get the flu vax every year.  When my mom was going thru treatment, it would have killed me to expose her to the flu.

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12 hours ago, Elaine5715 said:

Folks like you are why I get the flu vax every year.  When my mom was going thru treatment, it would have killed me to expose her to the flu.

Flu vaccine efficacy rates for 2017 and 2018 were around 40%, according to the CDC. You can still get the flu, especially late in the season when the existing strains have mutated. 

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1 minute ago, StillPooh said:

Flu vaccine efficacy rates for 2017 and 2018 were around 40%, according to the CDC. You can still get the flu, especially late in the season when the existing strains have mutated. 

I use to get the vaccination each year.   Now I don’t can’t tell the difference.  I rarely get it but when I did it was at Disney.  This year both my adult daughters have had it. One has had both strands and she never gets sick and works ems. I have been exposed to both and didn’t get it.  I do childcare and some of my kids had it but not me. Idk it’s one of those luck of the draw things I think 

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We never get a flu shot and never get the flu but, we take herbal supplements that boost the immune system and make sure we continue taking them while cruising. 

Pat

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Even your regular health insurance may pay. My son became very ill last year and my regular insurance  reimbursed me for the medical part. 

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The thing is if you guys caught it on board how many others caught it from your group. I can only wonder if they are seeking financial aid from you all ?😳😜

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I get the flu shot each year, but got the flu last January.  Drs. said that it was a mild case of the flu since I was vaccinated.  I can't imagine a full blown case!  My immune system is down, but I'll be armed with lysol tons of Emergen C, and hand washing!  Yikes!!

I'm sorry the flu ruined your trip.  That doesn't sound fun at all.

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Sorry to hear your family caught the flu and thanks for passing along the info.  We were also on the Dream and so far everyone in our party of 4 has no problems.  Since almost a week has passed, we should be good.  

 

Medical insurance is a must and will help cover any costs associated with illness.  Kudos to your purchasing it!  

 

For all cruisers, it is always good to check the CDC website about cruise ship outbreaks whenever you return home.  We learned this from our Carnival Sunshine cruise in 2016 when my husband caught the Norovirus with some 100+ passengers.  Was a nurse working for Carnival said since cruise lines are mandated to report when a certain number of illness occur, you should always check the CDC website when you return.  That way, if you come down with an illness days after disembarkation you can let your home physician know about the reports on the cruise ship.   Don't know how quickly these reports are updated on the CDC but there are some from January 18 - 28th on Viking.  Also this is reports of Gastro illness only, I think.

 

Search CDC - Vessel Sanitation Program - Outbreak updates.  

 

So far, I do not see anything listed for the Dream out of NOLA, so probably an extremely small amount of people had the flu.  Then again it is flu season and it is everywhere.

 

Hope your family is doing better.  

Edited by a1m1y9

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6 hours ago, quickrate said:

We never get a flu shot and never get the flu but, we take herbal supplements that boost the immune system and make sure we continue taking them while cruising. 

Pat

I work in Infectious Diseases at a pediatric hospital, I would be fired from my job if I didn't get the seasonal flu vaccine.  It is mandatory for all of our 15,000+ employees. 

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6 hours ago, StillPooh said:

Flu vaccine efficacy rates for 2017 and 2018 were around 40%, according to the CDC. You can still get the flu, especially late in the season when the existing strains have mutated. 

It wouldn't mutate if unvaxxed people didn't mutate it.  Better to be one of the 40% (this year's vax is a much better match) than to be responsible for spreading the flu to someone who is immune compromised causing a fatality.   

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Always Always get the flu shot - I have been getting one for over 20 years and only gotten the flu once.

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I find it troubling no one mentioned the doctors misdiagnosis. A simple RIDTs test take 10-15 minutes. By telling him he had the bronchial infection (which is usually not contagious), ended up getting your son sick. I find this amazing.

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31 minutes ago, repo-cruiser said:

I find it troubling no one mentioned the doctors misdiagnosis. A simple RIDTs test take 10-15 minutes. By telling him he had the bronchial infection (which is usually not contagious), ended up getting your son sick. I find this amazing.

How would a positive test for the flu changed the fact that the son got sick the next day?   He was exposed already.   

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