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(WFTV Orlando)   Jealous of Carnival Cruises getting all the bad press, Royal Caribbean abandons an elderly couple in Turkey. Your move, Fun Ships   ( wftv.com) divider line
    More: Stupid, Turkey, cruise line, Sen. Bill Nelson  
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3546 clicks; posted to Main » on 21 Aug 2013 at 12:34 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-08-21 01:45:14 PM  
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American tourists seem to think they have a little bubble of America around them at all times. They just can't grasp that they're in a foreign country and they may have to adjust to local laws and customs, and they have to assume the risks of being out there in the real world.
2013-08-21 12:45:12 PM  
2 votes:
That's why my policy is to never travel to shiathole medieval countries.

/they knew the risks
//they knew what they were getting into
///third slash
2013-08-21 12:40:27 PM  
2 votes:
Sorry, it is not the cruise line's job or responsibility to provide you first class (or any) medical care if you injure yourself in a foreign country. They are simply your transportation and hotel. You are lucky they even took you to a hospital. If you fly to Turkey on American Airlines and injure yourself while there is it their job to provide medical care to you? If you stayed in a Holiday Inn there is it their job to provide you medical care or fly you home if you injure yourself there? They were dropped at the closest hospital. That is all the cruise line was required to do. Cruise contracts are very specific about this.
2013-08-21 04:26:38 PM  
1 vote:
So they were to keep a ship with a couple hundred people on it there till your ready to leave?
2013-08-21 12:56:58 PM  
1 vote:

tlchwi02: 89 is probably too old to be doing this sort of cruise. Picking one that only stops in large cities with guaranteed medical servces available is the much smarter choices. I hate to sound callous, but this sort of attitude (what, there isn't a hospital and a medivac available in a relatively remote port city in turkey and it was MY job to plan for that?!?!) seems to be common in the older america tourist crowd, and especially on the type of person who books on a cruise ship.

Um... you can insure the need for medivac.  There are insurance companies that this is all the do.  Mrs Left Nut and I went to London.  For like $90 each we could purchase (and did purchase) insurance to get us back to the US in the event we got sick.  You can also buy insurance to cover the cost of the medical care you would need in the other country.  For England we did not because they cover emergency care at no cost (stupid socialized medicine).

The outfit I went with said they would even get me the heck out of Africa if that is where I was going.

My boss (the right nut) travels a lot.  He has purchased a one year policy of this type.  So he is covered if he is more than 100 miles from home, even if still in the US.

If you can afford to cruise to the Mediterranean you can afford this insurance. I would never buy it through the cruise company.
2013-08-21 12:43:46 PM  
1 vote:
If you're in such terrible physical shape that falling down could kill you, maybe it's time to cut back on travelling the world.  There's a good chance you're going to fall down in a region where the closest medical aid is in some third world hell hole.  Feed the travelling bug when you're a spry 75.
2013-08-21 12:40:43 PM  
1 vote:
I'm inclined to side with RC on this one. They're not a babysitter - they're a cruise line. With ships. On the ship, you're they're responsibility...off it, nope. And if you have to go off to get medical attention, that's really your problem.

I've been on one cruise, and they made that pretty clear. Basically, you're welcome on board the ship if you can get your butt on board at a port of call, but they're not holding the boat for you if you're late, and if you miss the boat for any reason it's on you to get to the next port of call or back home or wherever you want to go.
2013-08-21 12:26:28 PM  
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Ok, I've been on several cruises, including one to the Mediterranean, and you should always buy insurance through a reputable company. They mentioned booking through a travel agent, and they should have bought adequate insurance before leaving. When we went, we made sure we bought enough insurance for a medical flight back to the states. And you should always know how to contact the U.S. embassy in every country you visit before you leave the ship.

On the one hand, it looks like a massive screw-up on Royal Caribbean's part, but on the other hand, maybe the couple didn't buy insurance that included evacuation service? More info is needed.

Also, I'm pretty sure the small print on the cruise contract specifies that the ship doesn't have any responsibility to care for passengers, other than directing them to medical care. Always read the fine print on a travel document, and the cruise contract is a massive text.

They don't seem that prepared for international travel, but I hope they turn out ok.
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