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Tips for Cruising with Food Allergies
2/24/2009 11:24:41 AM Link |  | Add comment

Traveling with a child with severe food allergies can be difficult, but it does not need to prevent you from taking a cruise. 

Most major cruises lines allow special dietary requests including food allergies.  Each has a medical form parents will fill out with the specifics at least 40 days prior to sailing. Special requests can be made for food if the cruise line is given advance notice.  The cruise lines will try to accommodate the needs of their passengers.

Here are several of the many cruise lines that accommodate special needs requests for food allergies: Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and  Disney Cruise Line.

Check prescriptions prior to traveling. Discuss travel plans ahead of time with your allergist to be sure you have all the medicines you need, from antihistamines and inhalers to epinephrine injectors. Don't plan to rely on local pharmacies for your prescriptions — medications may not be the same overseas. Instead, take your meds with you.

Carry hand wipes. Washing your child’s hands frequently is a great way to prevent accidentally coming into contact with allergens.

If your child requires an epinephrine auto-injector, or other prescription medication, be sure that the pharmacy label is attached, and that the name matches the passenger's identification. Carry a letter from your doctor that explains the need for this medication. Call the airline ahead of time if flying to your destination to confirm the procedures for security.

Take with you the names and phone numbers of all of your child’s physicians along with any other pertinent medical information including all medications and allergies.

Purchase travel medical insurance from your travel agency at the time the deposit is made for the cruise particularly if planning to travel outside the United States.

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