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On 4/15/2019 at 12:45 PM, Fishkillbill said:

 

Do other cruise lines not help passengers in the manner outlined here? 

 

We were on Royal Princess when the captain announced there was a passenger on board who needed a blood transfusion, asap. He gave the blood type and asked for volunteers to go to the medical center to be screened. Within hours, he announced that the patient had received blood from another passenger and was stable. He would be off loaded in the a.m. at the next port. So yes, other lines help passengers in need. I have no idea if Princess rose to Celebrity's level of service. 

 

From time to time, I wonder what would happen on a cruise if.......It's so nice to read these positive stories. OP, I wish your travel companion a speedy recovery.

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On 4/14/2019 at 11:11 AM, Ravbo said:

 

I will also be researching Med Jet Assist.  As I understand, if hospitalized and stable, YOU make decisions on evacuation (not insurance company) as to where and when (ie back to your home country, city etc.).

Understanding this insurance BEFORE you need it is imperative.  I MISTAKE COULD BE VERY EXPENSIVE.

Safe Travels,

Bob

 

Med Jet Assist is a great program we have purchased it for years.  For the two ofus the premium is under $600 total for a TWO year policy....well worth the cost.  We have friends who did not have evacuation coverage and wound up having to pay over $100,000 to get home a few years ago.... we won't travel without Med Jet coverage.

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We've had Med Jet for a few years and it is worth every penny for the peace of mind. When I tripped and fell over a raised object on the floor of the gangway and smacked my head a few months ago, I have to say that one of my first thoughts was "thank goodness we have Med Jet"  (after a few less appropriate things went through my head 🙂).

 

The nice thing is that it covers anything over 150 miles from your home, so that we can get transported home even on shorter trips, if needed.

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On 4/13/2019 at 10:35 PM, Newbury newbie said:

So, after 2 days in Aqaba My parents and Liliana were flying to Athens to rejoin the ship before sailing on to Rome (they weren’t going to give up their free drinks package that easily!!). 

 

My mother was so thankful for Liliana’s help and support and would have been lost without her. So another well done story for X.

This is such a STRONG testament for the Celebrity team. I had no idea that they would assign someone to stay behind and tend to the family of the sick or injured passenger. That is such a financial burden for the company and says tons about how they feel about their revenue base. We can all smile with this one. Now, about the dry limes I was once served with my martini..... 🙂

 

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On 4/14/2019 at 12:49 PM, johhnnyt said:

It would be great is someone could direct us to a clear source of info on this important subject.

GeoBlue is our medical insurance of choice. Fortunately we've not had to use it, but when doing price comparisons we found that the best bang for the buck (Higher levels of coverage) were achieved by purchasing 'per trip' coverage as opposed to an annual policy. So, for two trips this year it will be $312. The annual cost would have been $268 with lower coverages, which might result in some out of pocket. We paid the extra $44 for the much higher levels of coverage.

 

Now, GeoBlue may not be available, depending on where you live. For example GeoBlue is not available in Maryland, but they will direct you to a company that can provide coverage. Why that is, I don't know.

 

In any case give GeoBlue a close look.

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26 minutes ago, K12Guy said:

GeoBlue is our medical insurance of choice. Fortunately we've not had to use it, but when doing price comparisons we found that the best bang for the buck (Higher levels of coverage) were achieved by purchasing 'per trip' coverage as opposed to an annual policy. So, for two trips this year it will be $312. The annual cost would have been $268 with lower coverages, which might result in some out of pocket. We paid the extra $44 for the much higher levels of coverage.

 

Now, GeoBlue may not be available, depending on where you live. For example GeoBlue is not available in Maryland, but they will direct you to a company that can provide coverage. Why that is, I don't know.

 

In any case give GeoBlue a close look.

We also use Geo Blue but we do the annual cost which was actually just under $400 but coverage is great.  But we have Med Jet for emergency evacuation coverage. 

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As a old sailor if you want to get out of somewhere and can move around even slightly book first class and you can get home.

 

they will be there for you 

 

not med vac, but I can tell you it works 

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4 minutes ago, A Sixth? said:

As a old sailor if you want to get out of somewhere and can move around even slightly book first class and you can get home.

 

they will be there for you 

 

not med vac, but I can tell you it works 

well true...but if you have several broken bones that's not going to work.....

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3 minutes ago, Gracie115 said:

well true...but if you have several broken bones that's not going to work.....

 

True dat

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On 4/15/2019 at 12:45 PM, Fishkillbill said:

 

Do other cruise lines not help passengers in the manner outlined here? 

My parents were on a Carnival cruise with my in laws a few years ago. My dad had a massive heart attack in the middle of the night, he actually only survived because of how quick the time was to medical attention. They really went above and beyond on Carnival. They allowed my mom and my in laws free phone calls back home for the remainder of the cruise, they connected us to the cruise ship at no cost. My dad had to get medivaced

by the coast guard off the shop, and a nurse from carnival was with them until they got to the hospital in Florida. They went from the ship to a hospital in Turks and Caicos, and then a medical flight to Florida where he ultimately ended up having surgery. And fortunately they had travel insurance so they got reimbursed, but they had to pay upfront for the hospital in Turks and Caicos, as well as for the plane to Florida. But the arrangements were all taken care of by Carnival. 

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9 minutes ago, Gracie115 said:

well true...but if you have several broken bones that's not going to work.....

Good respond😄😄

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8 minutes ago, verizon said:

Good respond😄😄

 

Just adding myself into the pool of information on the board 

 

I have been there 

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5 hours ago, K12Guy said:

GeoBlue is our medical insurance of choice. Fortunately we've not had to use it, but when doing price comparisons we found that the best bang for the buck (Higher levels of coverage) were achieved by purchasing 'per trip' coverage as opposed to an annual policy. So, for two trips this year it will be $312. The annual cost would have been $268 with lower coverages, which might result in some out of pocket. We paid the extra $44 for the much higher levels of coverage.

 

Now, GeoBlue may not be available, depending on where you live. For example GeoBlue is not available in Maryland, but they will direct you to a company that can provide coverage. Why that is, I don't know.

 

In any case give GeoBlue a close look.

I checked a couple of years ago and it wasn't available in VT, but because of this thread being reignited, I checked today and it is now available! Thanks!

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Thanks for the wonderful thread. As someone in the healthcare profession it actually never dawned on me to check for placement of AEDs onboard but will definitely do so in the future. This story is yet another reason to love Celebrity. 

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