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Old 07-03-2007, 07:33 AM   #21
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We actually asked a cruise director about this and they actively discourage it. For the life of me I cannot remember why but he was very clear that it is not a money maker and affects certain aspects of the cruise.
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Old 07-03-2007, 08:04 AM   #22
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Saw a tv show on the "Resident Seas" (I believe that is correct) oceanliner this weekend. Gazillionaires living there year around and traveling port to port. A five star restaurant, deli, two bars with dancing for only 200 residents and 300 ship workers! More workers than residents.
This ship had the most modern of equipment, and the leases on their 2500 sq. ft. condos on the ship was for 50 years. To me, this means the ship will not be the most modern in 50 years to come. I guess the heirs of the condo just use it or sell it before the lease runs out as you would any condo.
I would just love to know what the cost yearly for this luxury is, but they did not state it. Prohibitive and for only the most wealthy, I assume.
Bad weather at sea would be my biggest fear, personally. And I did wonder if this lifestyle would get dull after a few years or so. They did stress that this was a new venture and new idea in the show.
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:51 PM   #23
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The person who told me the story explained that this lady would find bargain priced cruises, and then live aboard each ship in a lower end room. Her laundry and cleaning was looked after, she always had medical care close by, ...
A few years back, my Dad and Stepmother were cruising the Caribbean when he had a seizure. Although not his first, he was not being treated for this condition and had no medication. They were both put off the ship in Puerto Rico, with an ambulance waiting, and told "We can't diagnose and treat you !" After a couple on nights in a hospital, my stepmother lined up a flight home.

Back home he got the proper medication and never had another seizure.
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So there is a GP doctor as an employee on the cruise. Think of the liability both legal and reputation, if the treatment aboard, was not appropriate. Of course, someone ill will be booted off. That Doc is just watching for contagion, probably doesn't have a lab onboard. He is doing triage--call air ambulance, or wait until next port.
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So there is a GP doctor as an employee on the cruise. Think of the liability both legal and reputation, if the treatment aboard, was not appropriate. Of course, someone ill will be booted off. That Doc is just watching for contagion, probably doesn't have a lab onboard. He is doing triage--call air ambulance, or wait until next port.
No the GP is getting a free cruise in return for his services. Other than stitches and aspirins, he will recommend on-shore treatment. A friend was left in Buenos Aries for treatment, then had to get home on his own when he was better. It is very important to have medical travel insurance for this reason. This would apply in spades for anyone taking longer cruises.
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