Falling sick at sea can be expensive nightmare for cruise passengers

Published on : Thursday, October 31, 2013

images (1)According to a new report, falling sick at sea can be an expensive nightmare for cruise passengers who may find themselves facing expensive medical bills.A survey by Which? Travel found that one in five of the 1,368 members who had been on a cruise reported that they had visited the ship’s doctors. They faced an average bill of £233 with 12 of the claims being for £500 or more and one reported a charge of £6,500.

This comes as a shock to many holidaymakers used to getting free NHS health care at home.Three in ten of those who saw a doctor had to pay the entire bill themselves as they could not claim any of the cost back on their insurance.

Which? Travel asked five of the biggest cruise lines in the UK market, Cunard, Fred Olsen, P&O, Princess and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) to tell them their medical charges, and they all said costs were in line with UK private medical care.

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